We invited the two Republican candidates in the September 4th Primary for the 5th District State Representative seat to submit "Closing Statements". Below is the statement by Rep. Randy Hunt, published verbatim:
Say “No!” to a sanctuary state. Proponents want you to think that a sanctuary community is a benign concept where local public safety officials are simply not allowed to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I have had discussions with ICE officials who recount a situation where a person under a final deportation order was released from a sanctuary city jail at 2am to avoid arrest. In another case, a judge was asked to set bail of $200 rather than release an undocumented immigrant on his own recognizance so that the offender could be ushered to the back of the courthouse, pay the bail, and be released out the back door to avoid the awaiting ICE agents. This is not benign. This is aiding and abetting a criminal.
Say “No More!” to drug pushers selling poison to our kids. I will work to change our laws making it easier to charge these people with no less than manslaughter in deadly overdose cases and second-degree murder when a direct pusher-to-user connection can be proved. I have worked tirelessly on the issue of addiction since becoming your state representative, expanding availability of life-saving overdose drugs and recovery services for those who want to break the grasp of substance use. Those programs are working but we are now seeing more than 80% of overdose deaths being caused by drugs laced with fentanyl or pure fentanyl. This killer substance was unknown to us as a street drug just a few years back. Now it’s time to accelerate going after those who played a role in the deaths over 2,000 people in Massachusetts last year.
Say “No Way!” to allowing serial violent criminals to post low bails and roam the streets. How many police officers and innocent bystanders have to be injured or killed by these career felons before we recognize that the system is flawed? Again, I have spent years serving on the Criminal Justice Commission and the recent year-long Justice Reinvestment Taskforce that focused on ways to reduce recidivism by improving transitional services, risk models, and probation/parole procedures. These changes create a fairer system that helps prevent youthful offenders from becoming life-long criminals. However, we have to face the fact that there are individuals who simply refuse to obey our laws. I will work to protect our law-abiding residents and if that requires a few more incorrigible criminals to spend more time behind bars, then so be it.
I’m proud to have been a key player in passing the “Equifax” bill. The new law makes locking your credit account fee free, something that the big three credit reporting agencies were profiting from after Equifax’s breach of nearly 150 million individuals’ credit files; a bonanza for irresponsibly putting our critical personal information into hackers’ hands. Working on the conference committee that reconciled the Senate and House bills, I was able to ensure prompt reporting of data thefts and that those affected will get free credit monitoring services for 42 months.
In 2006, after hearing about seven people being killed in a one-room school in an Amish area of Pennsylvania, I realized that it could happen anywhere. In short order I brought together the Sandwich School Safety Committee which began implementing important improvements to make our schools safer. This year I lobbied the Baker administration to incorporate school safety programs statewide, resulting in a $70 million commitment to add school resource officers, strengthen counseling staffs, and make physical improvements to our buildings.
I take this job of state representative seriously and have poured my time and effort into making the 5th Barnstable District and all of Massachusetts a better place to live. I ask for your vote on September 4 and again in the general election on November 6.
Randy Hunt CPA & MA State Rep