Democratic candidate for governor visits Erving


  • Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks to people at a meet-and-greet at the French King Restaurant in Erving on Oct. 19. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli

Recorder Staff
Sunday, October 22, 2017

ERVING — Setti Warren knocked on the doors of 11,000 homes when campaigning to become mayor of Newton, his hometown. He won the race by 469 votes.

It’s that type of grassroots politics that brought Warren, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, to Franklin County recently. Warren visited the French King Restaurant in Erving for a meet-and-greet event in which he outlined his platform and his reasons for wanting to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Warren, who said he is not related to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), pledged to battle economic inequality and fight for free public college and single-payer health care in the state. He is in his second term as Newton’s mayor.

“Every single one of my budgets that were passed with the city council of 24 people in the last eight years were driven by outcomes for the people,” he said to a room of roughly 25 people Thursday.

He said a governor cannot be afraid to generate revenue and he advocates eliminating tax breaks for special interests and raising taxes on anyone who earns more than $1 million a year, which he said is $20,000 every week.

While taking questions from the public, Orange resident Henry Oertel said transportation is a huge problem for many people in the North Quabbin. Warren said transportation is inadequate and under-resourced throughout the state and he believes increased taxes on the wealthy should be invested in improvements to infrastructure and education.

“We are on a road to nowhere with this governor,” he said.

When Manuel King asked about health care, Warren said Massachusetts is “really well-positioned to try” a single-payer system.

Warren is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves, enlisting after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In 2007, he was deployed to Iraq as a naval intelligence specialist. Warren said his service on base taught him an appreciation of the men and women who risk their lives for their country and how to work with others toward a common goal.

“Being on that base, living with, working with, doing missions with people, who in certain cases, have nothing in common. People of different political persuasions, races, religions, backgrounds, people from different parts of the country,” he said. “We couldn’t afford not to work together to get through that year of deployment.”

Former state Rep. Denise Andrews, who helped organize Thursday’s meet-and-greet, said Franklin County often flies under the state’s radar and that must change.

“We need a governor like Setti Warren, who cares about everyone like he did on that base,” she said before thanking everyone for coming and bidding farewell to Warren and his staffers.

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