Our View: A toss-up in the 2nd Essex

Voters in the 2nd Essex District face a dilemma that people casting ballots in other races this fall would envy: They must choose between two well qualified candidates, either of whom would do a good job on their behalf. Whether voting to return Rep. Lenny Mirra to the seat he’s held for eight years, or supporting Christina Eckert in her second attempt at the job, the district’s voters cannot go wrong. Mirra, a moderate Republican from Georgetown, is nothing if not dutiful. He’s a fixture at events throughout the region, and as he recently noted in a press release, he has not missed a vote in the state House of Representatives this term. He’s not put his name on as many pieces of legislation as some of his peers but he’s worked on important issues such as education funding — particularly for special education and transportation for regional school districts. He’s also shown remarkable leadership, such as when he gathered local Second Amendment advocates with members of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in the months after the 2018 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, for a meaningful conversation about gun control. As a member of Georgetown Fish and Game but not the National Rifle Association, Mirra’s unique position lent him credibility as he did something few in this country have managed in the past few years, which is to bring together people from opposing views to talk about this difficult topic. Eckert, […]

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