Friday, November 30, 2012
A Boston Phoenix blog post casts the Lexington Democrat as "an unapologetic liberal" committed to environmental gains. But what are your expectations from the Third Middlesex District's incoming state senator?
In the leafy suburbs of the Third Middlsex District, quite a bit of attention was paid to the race for the state Senate seat claimed by Mike Barrett, the Lexington Democrat replacing retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo. So much so in fact that, in the lead up to Election Day, incumbent state Sen. Ken Donnelly, an Arlington Democrat, joked he was Lexington's other candidate for state Senate, despite the fact that his Fourth Middlesex District includes six Lexington precincts compared to the three in the Third. But for those looking at the bigger picture, it seems the Third Middlesex race—with its densely populated Democratic primary and polar opposites facing off in the general election—may have been lost in the shuffle of higher profile races…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Lexington Democrat Mike Barrett defeats Chelmsford Republican Sandi Martinez to claim seat long held by retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo.
While they’re saying goodbye to Susan Fargo, the Democrats aren’t ready to let go of her seat in the state Senate. Lexington Democrat Mike Barrett, after outlasting four challengers from his own party in the primary, has defeated Sandi Martinez, a Republican from Chelmsford, to claim the Third Middlesex District seat Fargo, a Lincoln Democrat, held tightly for eight terms before deciding to retire. “I’m excited about returning to the Senate,” said Barrett, who was a state Senator from Cambridge from 1987 until a failed bid for governor in 1994. “Eighteen years older, probably not 18 years wiser, but I think smarter and I’m looking forward to it.” The Third Middlesex District represents Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Lexington Democrat and Chelmsford Republican will face off in the general election after emerging from a field of seven candidates seeking the seat retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, will leave behind after eight terms.
It’ll be Mike Barrett versus Sandi Martinez for the right to replace retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo as the Third Middlesex District’s next state senator. According to the unofficial numbers Thursday night, Barrett, a Lexington resident, bested a field of four other Democrats, while Martinez, of Chelmsford, defeated Republican opponent Greg Howes. Interest is almost always high around an open seat, and true to form, the Third Middlesex race heated up early and the field and plots thickened over the winter, spring and summer. Martinez has challenged Fargo in the past and was a presumed opponent. But the first new candidates to emerge were Howes, a Concord resident, and Lexington's Barrett, both of whom announced their intentions to run …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A letter to the editor from Isabella Jancourtz.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
To the Editor: Mike Barrett will be at Bruegger's in Weston Center this Friday, Aug. 3, at 8 a.m. to meet and greet local residents. Barrett is running for the state senate seat now held by Sen. Susan Fargo (D. Lincoln), who is retiring. In addition to Weston, this "Third Middlesex District" includes Waltham, Lincoln, Concord, Carlisle, Bedford, Chelmsford and large parts of Sudbury and Lexington. There are five Democrats running in the Sept. 6 Democratic primary. Both registered Democrats and independent "Unenrolled" registered voters may vote in this primary. These are all fine candidates, but I like Mike. Barrett is the only candidate for this office from either party who has actually served in the state senate before, and he has a …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A letter to the editor from Carol Amick.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
To the Weston Patch Editor: As a resident of the 3rd Middlesex District and former State Senator from Weston, I have a favorite in the Democratic primary to choose a successor to Sen. Susan Fargo. I support Mike Barrett. Why do I — and Cong. Barney Frank and State Rep. Jay Kaufman — believe in Mike? Because we know him and we’ve worked with him. Mike served in the Mass. House with Barney and in the Mass. Senate with me. He left the Legislature in 1994 to run for Governor and, with his wife and two daughters, moved the next year from Cambridge to Lexington, where he’s lived for 17 years, building a successful consulting practice focused on healthcare, computers and the Internet — crucial parts of the state’s innovation economy. Mike’s a…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A letter to the editor from Mike Barrett, candidate for state senate.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
To the Weston Patch Editor: As a Democratic candidate for state senate and a health care technologist in my professional life, I’m elated by the Supreme Court’s vindication of national health insurance. The decision pretty much ends the debate on health insurance for all (we’re going to have it). So now it’s on the next big question — how do we control the associated costs? Guiding idea #1: Bring back the Kaiser model. Whatever you call it — staff-model ACO (accountable care organization) or staff-model HMO (health maintenance organization) — let’s re-establish the concept of doctors cooperating in integrated networks, coordinating care between GPs and specialists, and working on salary and outcomes-based bonuses rather than fee-for-…
Monday, April 23, 2012
The retiring congressman has endorsed Barrett, a Lexington Democrat, in the race to succeed state Sen. Susan Fargo in the 3rd Middlesex District.
The following was provided by Mike Barrett's campaign for state senate. Outgoing U.S. Congressman Barney Frank has endorsed Mike Barrett, a Lexington Democrat, in the open race to replace the retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, in the 3rd Middlesex District. This year’s Democratic – and Republican – primary falls on Sept. 6, just three days after Labor Day. In his endorsement statement, Frank says, “Mike’s integrity, idealism, effectiveness and understanding of the legislative process combine to make him the ideal candidate – and, even more important, an ideal legislator once elected.” In greeting Frank’s action, Barrett said, “No one in the country is better than Barney at being passionate about government’s goals but creative …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A battle of Lexington and Concord brewing for the 3rd Middlesex seat state Sen. Fargo, D-Lincoln, is leaving after 15 years?
In the days following state Sen. Susan Fargo’s announcement that she would not seek a ninth term, two candidates to replace her have released statements looking to distance themselves from the establishment and the rest of the field. First came a Feb. 13 statement from Greg Howes, a Concord selectman and Republican candidate for state senate in the 3rd Middlesex district, which includes precincts 3, 8 and 9 in Lexington. Howes wished Fargo well in her retirement, but stressed her departure does not change the larger “systematic problems” he wants. “The other candidates in the race reflect the same tired politics we have experienced for the past 16 years,” Howes said in the statement. “My campaign is an indictment of an antiquated political…