As the race for the Middlesex Suffolk and Essex senate seat draws to a close, I have been reaching out to all the candidates to get their positions on Shared Parenting and Alimony Reform. It’s been difficult to get a clear answer from most of the candidates. Generally they are not well informed on the specific bills before the legislature related to these issues (H1400 and H1785)
Only one candidate, Sal DiDomenico, seemed well informed on these issues. DiDomenico, who worked as Sen Anthony Galluccio’s chief of staff knows the bills by bill number, knows their contents and gave a clear answer on his position:
I support this bill because it is important for children to have equal access to both parents.Â Being a son and parent to two young boys I see the importance of this bill.Â I will be an advocate for this bill and will vote forÂ it at the state level if I am elected State Senator.Â This bill is a matter of fairness to both the parents and children.
I also support this bill and did research on it for Senator Galluccio.Â I know there are many co-sponsors of this bill, but we still need leaders who will advocate for its passage in the State House.Â This is an important bill for people who want to move on with their lives.Â I will vote for this bill and work to get it passed.
DiDomenico has generally been the most well informed of all the candidates on the details of legislative issues. On almost any topic, DiDomenico avoids broad generalizations and gets right to the details of what needs to be done to resolve the many problems facing the state.
While some candidates talk only about their principles, DiDomenico has the most specific answers. His issues page is the most complete and detailed of all the candidates, calling out very detailed specific needs of each community in the district.
He has also been quite impressive with his responsiveness and willingness to take positions on issues.
I haven’t yet received any specific positions on these issues from the other candidates. At the Cambridge Democractic City Committee debate there was a question asked about Shared Parenting. DiDomenico again gave the clearest answer, saying he was very familiar with H1400, worked on the bill while working in the legislature and strongly supports it. His first hand experience on Beacon Hill clearly shows.
Michael Albano and Dennis Benzan also gave clear answers in support of Shared Parenting.
Tim Flaherty, Denise Simmons, and Dan Hill are harder to pin down.
All said they support Shared Parenting in principle, but admitted not being well informed on the specifics of the bill and so could not lend it support without learning more. This is disheartening given that I and others have reached out to their campaigns several times to ask for their positions on these issues.
Tim Flaherty and Dan Hill both seemed uncomfortable with the question during the debate. Both are attorneys and said that because family law issues can be so personal that this is why they avoid probate law.
You can see a video of their answers on Shared Parenting here.
What you can do to Help Candidates you Support
There are just a few days left before the special election in this district on April 13th. This race is expected to have very low turnout being a special election for a single senate seat. Its estimated that total turnout will be around 13,000 people.
With 6 candidates the winner will probably get only about 5,000 votes. Almost any of these candidates can still win. There are a few things you can do to show support for any of these candidates.
1. Go to their facebook fan page and add these candidates as a fan. It helps their outreach:
2. The single most important thing you can do is to volunteer to help call voters, and to drive them to the polls on election day. Turning out the vote is what is going to determine the winner. Just a few additional volunteers, 1 or 2 people can make the difference. Go to their web sites and register as a volunteer. Each of these candidates is likely going to have a volunteer orientation this weekend, and then you show up election day to help them.