Jennifer rocco-runnion

DEMOCRAT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
AMESBURY - NEWBURYPORT - SALISBURY

Jennifer rocco-runnion

DEMOCRAT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
AMESBURY - NEWBURYPORT - SALISBURY

Jennifer rocco-runnion

DEMOCRAT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
AMESBURY - NEWBURYPORT - SALISBURY

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"I am best qualified to represent you as your State Representative
because I have spent the last 20 years involved in grassroots activism advocating for the people who needed it most."
I am Jennifer Rocco-Runnion the Democratic candidate for State Representative, for the First Essex District Serving the communities of Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

I am a Newburyport native, attended Newburyport public schools and now live in Amesbury with my husband Timm and our three children.

I LOVE the three communities that make up this district. They have shaped who I am as a person and I am dedicated to be an advocate for the interests and issues of the people who live here.

As a single mother in my 20s working full time and putting myself through college, I know what it is like to work hard and still have to make difficult choices like whether to buy diapers or put gas in the car. I relied on the support of a strong community around me to get through that challenging time.


After graduating from Lesley University I committed myself to helping others the way others helped me. My work consisted of volunteering for planned parenthood in the recovery room caring for women who had just made a difficult choice, teaching English in a primary school in Arusha, Tanazania, successfully lobbying Congress for international adoption rights, supporting groups like the Farnum Center to combat the opioid crisis, serving on the board of the Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center which focuses on environmental education for children and helping at risk youth through my ongoing work with the Canal St Gym in Lawrence.

I see the position of State Representative as being a public servant and not a politician. I want to be an advocate for the concerns facing all of the residents in the 1st district and I look forward to being your voice on Beacon Hill.
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Education

The public education system is underfunded by $1 billion
a year because of an outdated education funding formula, known as
Chapter 70, that underestimates health care and special education costs.
I would fight to revive the Fair Share Tax Amendment as legislation that will
add an additional tax of 4% on income over one million dollars bringing an
estimated $2 billion per year in tax revenue to specifically fund education
and transportation.

 

•Fixing the outdated funding formula
•Legislation to empower teaching “Consent” in school’s sex education
•School Safety through common sense gun reform
•Appropriate class sizes

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

Environment

I will fight to return funding for state environmental
programs to 1% of the total state operating budget allowing for more
resources to clean and protect the Merrimack River. Reducing CSO’s in
the short-term and eliminating them in the long-term will require funding
and cooperation at federal, state and local levels. At the federal level,
reinvigorating the state revolving loan fund under the Clean Water Act and eliminating the state cap on private activity bonds for water infrastructure,
at the state level we need to consider reviving the Fair Share Tax as
legislation to fund infrastructure and education. At the local level, I’ll work
with other legislators to facilitate the cities and towns up and down the
Merrimack working together to support green infrastructure that has proven
to reduce CSO’s in other communities.

•Environmental protection funding returned to
1% of the total state operating budget
•Stopping Combined Sewage Overflows (CSO)
from polluiting the Merrimack river
•The 100% Renewable Energy Act to transition
Mass. to clean renewable energy by 2050
•Incentive programs that give low and middle
income families access to solar energy through
tax rebates and grants.

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

Health Care

My first job out of high school was working as a receptionist for Compugraphic Corp., a producer of phototypesetting equipment in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

I remember my first day well. I was brought to a back room to punch a time clock and then escorted to human resources where I was handed a Blue Cross/Blue Shield card. I would present this card at annual physicals, emergency room visits and when I gave birth to my son. I never had a deductible or co-pay and I never received invoices to pay anything out of pocket.

Thirty years later and what feels like 30 different insurance companies, hundreds of co-pays, deductibles, arguments with insurance companies about allowing procedures and countless hours advocating for my children who need specialized treatment, I firmly believe it is time to simplify our health care and work toward a single-payer system that removes for-profit insurance companies from involvement in personal health care decisions. I believe health care is a human right and everyone, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status, should have access to the health care they deserve.

A single-payer system will eliminate co-pays, premiums and deductibles by instituting an equitable, predictable tax that, studies show, could save Massachusetts $15 billion a year in total health care spending. It would take the burden off of business owners who would no longer be in the “insurance business,” and instead will pay a knowable payroll tax that, for the majority of businesses, will be far less than the health care costs they currently pay.

For unions, it would mean that corporations could no longer use health care as a bargaining chip at the negotiating table, like we have seen recently with National Grid, which canceled health care for 1,200 families after locking out its workers.

A single-payer system helps our seniors by keeping their Medicare in place and also covering any additional medical and prescription costs currently not covered by Medicare alone. For families, it would eliminate co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance and will specifically help low- and middle-income families who will see an increase in pay anywhere from 7 to 15 percent.

The question then becomes: How do we go from what we have to where we need to be? Massachusetts was a leader on health care once before and I believe can lead once again by implementing a single-payer system. Someone once told me that just because something is going to be hard, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

As your state representative, I will work toward implementing a single-payer health care system to provide the dignity of health care for all.

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

Gun Sense

“Spread the word, have you heard? All across the nation. We are going to be a great generation!”
Nine-year-old Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., implored the crowd to repeat after her. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue were chanting her words.

I felt my eyes well up with tears as I looked down at my daughter and her friend standing there with their own thoughtful homemade signs. My husband and I took the girls to the March For Our Lives rally to show them the power that young people gathering across the country, led by the Parkland school students, can have in effecting change in their home states and on Capitol Hill.
Student after student spoke passionately about the need for common sense guns laws. One speaker asked marchers to raise their hands if they had experienced gun violence. I looked around and was shocked to see all the hands that were raised, most of them high school aged. I realized then that this was more than a moment; it was the beginning of a movement. One that has enough momentum to end gun violence in schools and neighborhoods across this country once and for all.

The March For Our Lives was a much-needed listening session for politicians and elected officials. It wasn’t their turn to take the stage and pontificate, as not one single adult spoke during the rally. I recognized it was our turn to stand down and let the young voices rise up, which they did brilliantly.

They called on marchers to spend the next two weeks reaching out to their federal, state and local elected officials to ask them what they are willing to do to reform our nation’s gun laws and end gun violence.

As someone who grew up in a home where my father hunted and respected the law, I assure you I don’t want to abolish the Second Amendment. But sensible gun laws can make a difference – according to The Boston Globe, 27,000 gun-related deaths could be avoided if the entire nation implemented Massachusetts’ pioneering laws.

Our state closed “the boyfriend loophole,” so that domestic abusers who never lived with, married or had a child with their victim are subject to the same gun possession restrictions as other domestic abusers.

We need to keep blazing a trail in gun reform. For example, I would support a bill authorizing judges to issue Extreme Risk Protective Orders, which are temporary court orders prohibiting a person from buying and possessing firearms and requiring the removal of any firearms owned by that person if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

I would support our attorney general in her efforts to keep military-style weapons off our streets. These measures don’t infringe on Second Amendment rights; they are simply common sense steps to protect our children, families and first responders from being exposed to the scourge of gun violence.

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

Affordable Housing

I support funding of the Massachusetts Housing Bond Bill to ensure access to funding to increase affordable, workforce housing in all three communities and the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and the Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which provides incentives for investment in affordable housing.

I will advocate for a single-payer or medicaid for all solution that will eliminate co-pays, premiums and deductibles by instituting an equitable, predictable tax. For the majority of businesses this tax will be far less than the health care costs they currently pay. For unions, it will mean that corporations can no longer use health care as a bargaining chip at the negotiating table. For seniors it means keeping their Medicare in place and covering any additional medical and prescription costs currently not covered. For families, it will eliminate co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance and will specifically help low and middle-income families see an increase in their paycheck from 7% to 15%.

I will introduce a Shop Local Incentive Program “SLIP” that will provide a state income tax credit of up to $3,000 for those customers who shop at small businesses in their communities.

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

Working Families

I remember the day I knew my father had the most important job in the world. One Sunday morning, my mom laid out matching dresses, shoes and gloves for my sister and me. My dad walked out in his dress uniform, shiny shoes, white gloves and hat with a badge. He explained we would be laying a wreath in memory of the firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. I didn’t fully understand the solemnity of Firefighter Memorial Sunday at the time, but I knew that my dad’s job was a dangerous one and every time he left for his shift, there was the possibility he may never come back.

Newburyport fire stations were my childhood playground. I remember looking up at the drying hoses in Market Square, sliding down the pole at the station on Greenleaf Street when no one was looking, and of course, honking horns on firetrucks while wearing my dad’s boots and jacket.

Many summer nights, we would go to Webster’s Dairy and bring ice cream to the Market Square station. The firefighters would sit on the bench outside, eating ice cream, and chat. There was a bond that existed between them, and for me, these men were like having a whole bunch of protective uncles. We were a family.

In 2000, my father was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and had to retire. I was grateful that he belonged to a union who worked on his behalf securing benefits that allowed him to get the best treatment possible and retire with his full pension. He is alive today and able to afford to live in the same community he protected as a civil servant for 34 years thanks to the bargaining power of unions.

I come from a long line of union workers beginning with my great-uncle Angelo, an organizer during the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. The workers were immigrants, including children, united in fighting the long hours and low wages of the millworkers. The success of the strike can be attributed to the fact they put aside their religious and cultural beliefs to fight for the common good.

Years later, the fight for fair wages and benefits continues. Currently, experienced USW gas workers are being locked out by National Grid over contract negotiations. National Grid is putting public safety at risk and has canceled the health insurance of over 1,000 families. Wealthy corporations putting profits over people is nothing new; it is a continuous battle that must be fought if we want the middle class to survive.
The collective bargaining of unions was the driving force in creating child labor laws, minimum wage, health care, workers’ compensation, injury protection, retirement security, and the weekend. Unions protect and defend the rights of teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, ironworkers, gas workers, electrical workers, service employees and postal workers.

Over 14 million U.S. workers belong to a union. Most recently, the tireless work of the Massachusetts Nurses Association has succeeded in placing Question 1: Safe patient limits on the ballot. A yes vote on Question 1 will put patients before profits, improving patient safety and quality of care.

The Janus v. AFSCME ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is an attempt to erode the bargaining powers of unions. Janus overturned what has been law for 40 years and is a form of union busting in an attempt to hurt hardworking families in favor of a wealthy few. The media has portrayed Janus as a death knell for unions, but this view underestimates and disregards the familial aspect of unions. Unions, like families, stick together when times get tough. They fight for what is right.

The gas workers who have been on the job for years could abandon the younger workers, take their pensions, health care and go, but they won’t. They are protecting the next generation of gas workers like the ones before them. This is what a family does.

I was honored to march in Boston with locked-out USW gas workers. What I saw were unions sticking together the way they did in 1912. Over 35 unions attended the march with hundreds of workers standing in solidarity for the men and women of USW 12003 and 12012. The pride on the faces of these hardworking union members as we sang the national anthem was a beautiful and patriotic moment I will always remember.

As your state representative, I will fight hard to promote a strong middle class here in Massachusetts.
I will be a champion of the middle class, the unions, and of those who at times feel left behind. And at every turn, I will have your back, working tirelessly to put you first because that’s what a strong leader does.

Phone:978.504.2111

Address:Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

 

ENDORSEMENTS
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Upcoming

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Please join Jennifer for a Public Open House at 7:00 Pm on Wednesday, October 24th at Plum Island Coffee Roasters, 54 Merrimac St, Rear, Newburyport.

Jennifer will give a short overview of her background and her stance on the Issues facing our communities. She will then take questions on any issues that concern you.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Please join Jennifer for a Public Open House at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 25th at the Salisbury Public Library, 17 Elm St, Salisbury

Jennifer will give a short overview of her background and her stance on the Issues facing our communities. She will then take questions on any issues that concern you.

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Please join Jennifer for a Public Open House at 7:00 Pm on Monday, October 29th at the Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm St, Amesbury

Jennifer will give a short overview of her background and her stance on the Issues facing our communities. She will then take questions on any issues that concern you.

Past Events

TUESDAY – OCTOBER 18 – DEBATE WITH JIM KELCOURSE

https://www.facebook.com/events/320950518680244/

Please join Democratic Candidate Jennifer Rocco-Runnion on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm in the Nock Middle School Auditorium for debates with Republican incumbent State Representative James Kelcourse in the 1st Essex District State Representative Race, serving Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

The public forum, is being organized and hosted by The Daily News with help from NCM Hub, the Newburyport community access cable TV studio.

This event will be broadcast live on local cable in Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury with the cable stations to rebroadcast the event at their discretion.

Rally for Locked Out Gas Workers

https://www.facebook.com/voteroccorunnion/videos/276952359715184/

Candidates Night – Women in Action Huddle Newburyport

https://www.facebook.com/voteroccorunnion/videos/256336691776751/

Annual 3T 2C Breakfast – Democratic Fundraiser

https://www.facebook.com/voteroccorunnion/videos/256336691776751/

To send a check donation, please make out to "Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion" and mail to:
Committee to Elect Jennifer Rocco-Runnion
P.O. Box 79
Amesbury, MA 01913

978.504.2111
voteroccorunnion.com

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