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Camargo: Lyons' Voting Record Doesn't Reflect Support For Business

Sep 15, 2016 06:36AM ● By Bill Gilman

Oscar Camargo


(Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the Committee to Elect Oscar Camargo.)

Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 18th Essex Oscar Camargo called out incumbent State Representative James Lyons Jr. (R-Andover) for his lackluster business credentials. Rep. Lyons was ranked 158 out of 160 on economic and public-policy issues according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is the “most widely read report on the voting record of Massachusetts legislators on issues pertaining to employers.”

Camargo, a self-described socially progressive and fiscally conservative candidate, stated that it was “not a surprise that Rep. Lyons, a so-called advocate for small businesses, can rank so low. Considering Rep. Lyons’ obstructionist votes and focus on national politics rather than local matters--it makes sense.” 

Camargo further stated that “Lyons was outperformed by most of his Democratic and Republican colleagues because he lacks vision despite his so-called business acumen. Small business owners understand that Lyons’ policies show how ill-suited he is to properly represent their interests,” said Camargo. 

In the past, Camargo supported measures aimed against raising the gas tax while calling to lower the sales tax. As a strong advocate for broadening the our tax base, Camargo calls for policies that create opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen small businesses , and attract investments into our community to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. 
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