Campaign 2014: Sears Says He Wants To Make State Government Work For The People
Oct 20, 2014 11:26PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Doug Sears is no fool.
In 2012, the Tewksbury Republican was soundly thumped (73.5% - 26.5%) in his bid to unseat state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington. He knows not much has changed locally in the past two years and that he faces an uphill climb if he hopes to represent the 19th Middlesex District on Beacon Hill.
But Sears is also a big fan of Democracy and says the process doesn't work unless people participate.
"This isn't a gratuitous run. I feel a sense of public service," said Sears. "I'm giving people an alternative (to Miceli). No one should ever run unopposed."
An attorney by profession, Sears, 67, maintains an office on Main Street in Tewksbury, having retired from his job with the state a few years ago. He says he has no intention of making "State Legislator" a second career.
"If I'm elected, I would serve no more than two terms," said Sears. "I would never put down my business as 'politician.'"
Having served multiple terms on both the Board of Selectmen and School Committee in Tewksbury, Sears says he has a keen appreciation for the difficulties faced by a community in terms of state mandates, regulations and trying to balance a budget. He said he intends to bring that awareness and respect to the Legislature.
"It's the job of the Legislature to (draft and) pass legislation, not to second guess the town boards and commissions," said Sears. "A legislator is supposed to represent the town boards and commissions at the state level."
Sears claims Miceli has poorly communicated with local boards, particularly in Tewksbury and has failed to get the state to address certain infrastructure and funding needs. As one example, sears cited the expenses incurred by Tewksbury associated with transferring patients to and from Tewksbury State Hospital.
"There's no reimbursement for those expenses and (Miceli) refuses to talk to the Board of Selectmen about it," said Sears. "And we're starting to see work (finally) on Route 38 this year, but he's been in office since 1978!"
Sears says that if elected, he would be open to meeting with the Tewksbury and Wilmington selectmen and school committees as often as they wish.
Sears, who is also a Unitarian-Universalist minister at a church just outside Boston, would best be characterized as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. He advocates reining in state spending and reducing the state income tax. He supports growing the state economy by stopping what he calls the "over-regulation of job-creating small businesses." He also has been an outspoken advocate for increasing local aid to benefit education and public safety.
"I just want things to work," said Sears. "I want to make things work for the people."
Sears and his wife, Suzanne, life in Tewksbury. They are parents of two adult children and have been married 38 years. But that pales in comparison to Sears' parents, who live in Concord and have been married 71 years.