Lovvorn to challenge McGovern in 2nd Congressional District

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Recorder Staff
Published: 9/5/2018 1:29:46 AM

Who will challenge incumbent Congressman Jim McGovern in November?

Republican Tracy Lovvorn of Grafton won the right to challenge the incumbent of 21 years for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the November general election.

The district includes Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately in Franklin County, along with parts of Hampshire, Hampden, Norfolk, and Worcester counties.

In Tuesdays primary election, Lovvorn beat Kevin Powers, a Millville entrepreneur and small business owner advocating for term limits and better jobs, opposes sanctuary for illegal immigrants, supports strengthening U.S. borders and national defense and is a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, according to his campaign website, kevinpowersforcongress.com.

On his Facebook page, Powers says he has a “plan to pull America’s energy needs out from under the thumb of OPEC. (It) … would make the USA completely independent of foreign oil. Full completion would take 15 years, but the plan will have an immediate impact. In addition to energy independence, in Congress (he) will champion Social Security protections for seniors and working Americans.”

Lovvorn, CEO and founder of Evolution Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Grafton, has been a member of the Grafton’s Planning Board. According to her website, “I am exhausted from dead end political extremism in Washington, D.C., that leads to constant resistance and accomplishes little.”

Lovvorn’s call for immigration reform includes securing all borders, better tracking of visa overstays and more effective employment verification.

“I support the current administrations plan working to ending chain migration, ending the visa lottery program, and reforming our current immigration laws in support of merit-based qualifications,” according to her website. It also calls for improved childhood health and safety, reforming health care and Congressional term limits, as well as support for federal infrastructure legislation to repair roads, bridges and waste water treatment systems.

McGovern has been a visible presence in Franklin County during his tenure, especially known for his advocacy around issues of food insecurity and agriculture. He has been a strong supporter of the  SNAP food stamps program as part of the fed eral Farm Bill.

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