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Believes Rep. Markey is well-suited to Senate

To the editor:

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey has represented areas of eastern Massachusetts in Congress since the 1970s, but his strong record in Congress, particularly on environmental and renewable energy issues, makes him an excellent choice as the next senator from Massachusetts.

We may be feeling a bit of election fatigue here in the commonwealth, particularly when it comes to Senate races, but it is vital that the individual who fills John Kerry’s seat continue to represent the values and priorities of the people of Massachusetts.

The benefit of having candidates who have extensive congressional records allows us to get a good understanding of their positions. Markey’s record on environmental issues, his work to end the proliferation of nuclear weapons and his strong support of working families shows he is the right choice.

His recent call for a People’s Pledge for all candidates in this race to keep spending by independent groups out of this election is yet another example of the type of senator we are looking for in Massachusetts. I believe it is good for the Democratic Party, and good for the commonwealth, that there will be a Democratic primary.

However, Markey’s record in Congress makes me excited to support him in his bid to represent all of Massachusetts.

Ted Harvey

Amherst

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