She said, “We need a tax-reform strategy. As senator, I would work with my colleagues to study the corporate tax breaks that exist, and decide which are working and which not helping economic growth.”
On the topic of stimulating job growth, Magliocchetti said that as senator he would work on creating more manufacturing jobs. He noted that his family had been in manufacturing, and that the field should be providing more employment opportunities.
All candidates indicated they would not be interested in bringing casinos to the area.
Kelcourse said that state officials should work with local business leaders to develop jobs in tourist and recreation. “We can work together to develop what we have here.”
Focusing on Newburyport in answer to a given question, O’Connor Ives said that she would work to develop cultural tourism and concentrate on strengthening the local business climate.
The candidates agreed that admission policies at Whittier Technical High School should be reviewed so that students in local communities are not unjustly rejected in favor of students accepted from out-of-district communities such as from locales such as Lowell and Lawrence.
All noted that their communities make significant financial contributions to Whittier, and that the trades education that Whittier provides is important for the region.
Candidates also had similar views on the need to provide opportunities for disabled members of the community, and vowed to support Anna Jaques Hospital and other healing centers in the area.
Asked about the impact they could make if elected, O’Connor Ives said that because she would be a Democrat in a Democratic-controlled senate, she could assume a leadership post - perhaps a chairmanship - as soon as she arrived. “I would hit the ground running.”
Kelcourse said he would use his educational background, a master’s degree and a law degree, to work for this district. He said his cost-cutting measures on the Amesbury City Council is just one demonstration of his skills.