Christakis challenges Eldridge for senate seat


Christakis challenges Eldridge for senate seat
Anthony Christakis is challenging Senator Jamie Eldridge.

REGION – Anthony Christakis is challenging incumbent Jamie Eldridge for his seat in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Eldridge currently represents Worcester and Middlesex counties, including Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury and Wayland.

The election will take place Nov. 8.

Republican: Anthony Christakis

Christakis was born and raised in Boston, the son of immigrants. He attended Boston Latin, Newton South, Northeastern University and the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

He currently lives in Wayland, and his two sons are graduates of Wayland High School.

Christakis has run a successful environmental contracting startup. He’s also worked in real estate development and, more recently, developing air rights project for the state’s Department of Transportation.

He is running for state Senate because “I feel that my opponent no longer respects or represents his constituents or their values. He is, after all, elected to represent all of his constituents whether our politics align or not.”

Major issues for Christakis include education, energy, personal freedoms and immigration.

“It’s clear over the last few years that leaders at all levels have infringed on our personal freedoms,” he said. “People are being forced to choose between their livelihood, careers and medical freedom.”

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Democrat: Jamie Eldridge

Eldridge, a lifelong resident of Acton, has served as the State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district for 14 years.

“I’m proud of a whole host of issues that I champion, including increasing state aid for public education, investing in transportation, combating climate change, advocating for immigrants, protecting the environment and clean water, fighting for criminal justice reform, and expanding the social safety net, to make sure that all residents are financially secure,” he said.

“I’m running for re-election in 2022 because there remains a great amount of work to do in improving transportation, making public higher education affordable, ensuring that returning citizens have more productive lives, addressing the state’s housing crisis, and reducing toxic chemicals from our everyday lives, including PFAS, farm pesticides, and fossil fuels,” he added.

Should he be re-elected, Eldridge said he will focus on education, transportation and climate change.

“While the Student Opportunity Act has increased state aid for all public schools, there are far too many gaps in universal pre-K and full-day kindergarten, Chapter 70 aid needs to be increased, and our public higher education system is too expensive for too many Massachusetts families,” he said.

Eldridge said that as traffic and congestion increase in Metrowest, roads and bridges need to be fixed. He also wants to restore commuter rail service “so that more nontraditional, hybrid working realities have public transit solutions. We need to invest more in more local transportation, including regional transit authorities, municipal shuttle and bus services, rail trails, and bike and community paths.”

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