Political Notes: Sánchez to attend DNC

August 31, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez will be taking a field trip down to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as he continues to campaign for President Barack Obama. The convention will be held Sept. 4-6.

“It’s incredible to hear from people from all walks of life,” Sánchez said in a Gazette interview about the opportunity to attend the DNC.

Sánchez said he has been doing just that, campaigning for Obama in several states across the country. He said he has heard a lot of different ideas, including how some states are dealing with new voting laws.

“It’s all about sharing of ideas,” said Sánchez. “People are hungry for new ideas.”

As part of the campaign effort, Sánchez has been going on radio talk shows and talking to Hispanic news outlets across the country about his time as a state House member during Gov. Mitt Romney’s tenure in office.

The representative said it is important Obama is reelected as his policies and funding have allowed more Hispanics and African Americans to receive health insurance, and also have increased housing in the area.

“I want to see more of it,” Sánchez said of the funding. “We have more to do.”

 O’Malley to test run and talk theory

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, might not be trying to mix oil and water, but he is coming close to it as he attempts to run with constituents during office hours.

The Office Hours on the Run starts Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the West Roxbury YMCA’s Quinn Way entrance, according to a press release. O’Malley plans to hold Office Hours on the Run in JP sometime in October.

“We can run or take a brisk walk,” said O’Malley, according to the press release. “The idea is to get people outside and on the move while addressing some of the important issues facing our neighborhoods.”

The route will be determined by the constituents who attend and O’Malley hopes that they will point out problems and issues along the way.

Sánchez has new JP liaison

Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has appointed Michael Baker as his new legislative aide, according to a press release.

Baker will serve as the liaison to the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale communities, assisting residents in those areas, helping with legislation and planning neighborhood events.

“I’m very excited to have Michael start with us. He is a caring and passionate person who will be an asset to our community,” said Sánchez, according to the press release.

Baker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has aspirations to go to law school.

“I’m excited for this opportunity. I really think I can make a difference for the people of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale,” he said.

Baker may be reached at 617-722-2130 or Michael.Baker@MAHouse.gov.