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Chip Harrington slams Sen. Eric Lesser on small business record

Chip Harrington slams Sen. Eric Lesser on small business record

By Dan Glaun | dglaun@masslive.com

Ludlow convenience store owner James “Chip” Harrington, who is challenging Eric Lesser for the First Hampden and Hampshire state Senate seat, accused Lesser of hypocrisy Tuesday afternoon for his position on supporting small businesses.

“Mr. Lesser wants to have his cake and eat it too,” Harrington wrote in a post on his campaign website. “He wants to show up for photo opps and write pieces about caring for small businesses and present one thing through his press machine out here in Western Massachusetts but do another thing on Beacon Hill and hope we do not find out.”

Harrington was responding to an opinion piece Lesser wrote that was published Monday on MassLive. In that piece, Lesser praised small businesses like the cosmetics boutique Cheeky City that recently opened in downtown Springfield, and said the state should work to support such enterprises, not obstruct them.

“State government must also do a better job creating an environment where small businesses can easily thrive and operate efficiently,” Lesser said. “One of the best ways to do this is by streamlining permitting, zoning, licensing and other regulations involved in owning and operating a business.”

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Chip Harrington challenges Eric Lesser to nine debates

By Dan Glaun | dglaun@masslive.com   

Harrington, who lost to Lesser in the 2014 Democratic primary before joining the Republican party and launching a rematch campaign this year, said he hopes to debate Lesser in each of the nine municipalities within the First Hampden and Hampshire state Senate District.

“I believe that every voter deserves the opportunity to compare and contrast the candidates for this very important position. I have some very different thoughts on the role of elected officials than Mr. Lesser does and I also have very different life experiences than he has had,” said Harrington, a convenience store owner, part-time police officer and School Committee chair in Ludlow. Continue Reading “Chip Harrington challenges Eric Lesser to nine debates” on MassLive.com”

debates 1 / 7 In this 2014 Republican file photo, James Chip Harrington, candidate for the First Hampden/Hampshire State Senate district, is seen outside the Frederick Harris School polling location in Springfield. ( MARK M.MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN )

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In this 2014 Republican file photo, James Chip Harrington, candidate for the First Hampden/Hampshire State Senate district, is seen outside the Frederick Harris School polling location in Springfield. ( MARK M.MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN )

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Gov. Charlie Baker officially endorses Chip Harrington for state Senate

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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com

On the same day as Republican Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to focus on state races rather than the presidential election, Republican Chip Harrington officially announced Baker’s support for Harrington’s state Senate campaign.

“As a law enforcement professional and small business owner, Chip has a proven record of working for his community,” Baker said in a statement sent out by Harrington’s campaign. “His campaign for State Senate is driven by his passion for public service and Chip will always put people ahead of partisan politics.”

Harrington, of Ludlow, is challenging incumbent first-term State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.

A day after Republican businessman Donald Trump effectively clinched the GOP nomination for president, Baker, a Republican, said he will not vote for Trump or for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the general election. He said he will focus instead on down-ballot races.

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Take it from this small business owner; Eric Lesser is no friend to us!

I am astonished Mr. Lesser has the audacity to say the following in his recent viewpoint:

That’s why any strategy for economic growth in Western Massachusetts must include support and expansion for our local small businesses. To do this, we must focus on addressing two of the biggest challenges small businesses face: limited access to financing, and unnecessary or outdated government roadblocks that keep entrepreneurs from starting and expanding.

Read Mr. Lesser’s Viewpoint in it’s entirety here.

I am astonished because when he was presented with a straight forward way to support us small business owners across the Commonwealth; Mr. Lesser gave us the stiff arm. He voted against a simple measure to reduce the LLC license filing fee from $500 to $250; yet he has the gall to speak about “outdated government roadblocks”. Full story here

Massachusetts currently has one of the highest filing fees for LLC’s in the nation and we will remain that way thanks to votes like this by Mr. Lesser. This amendment would have helped over 4,000 active LLC’s with 6 or fewer employees. Also to note; this was not a partisan issue as several of his Democratic colleagues voted in favor of this amendment to the budget to help small businesses and an author of a similar bill is a Democratic Senator from the Gateway city of Lowell; Senator Eileen Donoghue. Bill info here.

I would have voted in favor of this measure as your State Senator because I know a good idea is a good idea regardless of what side of the aisle it comes from.

Mr. Lesser wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to show up for photo opps and write pieces about caring for small businesses and present one thing through his press machine out here in Western Massachusetts but do another thing on Beacon Hill and hope we do not find out. He was actually given the opportunity to help small businesses and he balked and instead contributes to the same issues he writes against. This is politics at it’s worst. He votes against the best interest of his district to curry political favors for his career and hopes his constituents never find out. Sadly this is typical for a politician like Mr. Lesser.

As an actual small business owner for the last 13 years, in this district, I can tell you that Massachusetts is not a business friendly state. Mr. Lesser is very naïve on this subject and my fellow small business owners are very well aware of his already poor voting record for businesses.

This is not the only time he has voted one way and then said another; and over the course of our race I will be there to make sure the voters and the taxpayers of this district know that he is the epitome of an establishment, insider, politician with his goals set on the furthering of his career not on what is best for his district and specifically in this case, us small business owners.

State Senate candidate Chip Harrington honored by Ludlow VFW

By The Republican

State Senate candidate and Ludlow School Committee Member James “Chip” Harrington, now a Republican, was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3236 recently.


The certificate of appreciation given to Harrington, who is also a part-time police officer, was the VFW National Law Enforcement Public Servant citation.

The commendation lauded Harrington, “In grateful recognition of unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens.”

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Great First Step in Addressing the Demand for Drugs; But We Cannot Ignore the Supply

The real world experience I have gained over the years as a Corrections Officer and Police Officer have provided me with insight that most elected officials do not have. I have seen firsthand how drugs have seeped into every corner of our community and destroyed neighborhoods, families and individuals and it is truly heartbreaking. I believe my voice and experience as a public safety professional would be invaluable in the State Legislature.

I commend Governor Baker and the Legislature for showing leadership on the current opiate epidemic and signing a bill into law that will add restrictions to painkiller prescriptions and take other steps to increase addiction awareness. This is an important step, but so much more remains to be done. The new law focuses mainly on treatment, education and prevention but more must be done to stem the proliferation of heroin in our communities and provide more resources for law enforcement to effectively root out those who deal these dangerous illegal drugs. This is a place where a voice like mine would be helpful.
What we are dealing with is a supply and demand issue, and we need to attack both.

I was the first candidate for State Senate sounding the alarm on this issue back in 2014. Unfortunately, more and more of our neighbors and family members continue to become addicted to prescription opiates and heroin. Increased violent crime, house and car breaks, and neighborhood crime are all a result of this prescription drug and heroin epidemic.

International drug cartels are making millions of dollars here in New England. As beneficial as Route 91 is to the Valley, this highway has become known as a “drug and gun highway.” From the ports of New York City to New Haven, Hartford, Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield, Brattleboro and into Canada pills and heroin are in endless supply. The sale of these drugs add resources to the very street gangs that terrorize neighborhoods in our region. This supply must be severely interrupted. The Massachusetts Legislature must demand our federal representatives do more on this front. Democrats and Republicans need to stand shoulder to shoulder and demand more resources to stem the tide of drugs brought into our region. We need to focus on more ways for federal agencies like ATF and the FBI to work hand and hand with our state and local police to slow down the supply of these dangerous drugs in a concentrated and coordinated effort. In addition; state and local government officials can only react to problems pills and heroin bring with them. Our federal government must take on a greater responsibility for our borders being penetrated with drugs.

At the state level, we can encourage and possibly add resources for cities and towns to work together and share more information. If nearby communities are aware of drug dealers in the area, they should be able to share information so they can effectively combat this threat. Also many small towns that are dealing with the influx of these drugs have only 1 or 2 detectives; many only have none. It is critical for larger communities to share resources and information with these small towns.

While the newly signed legislation does a good job at addressing the prescribing of pain killers by health care professionals; the pharmaceutical industry itself must also be held accountable for its part in the proliferation of highly addictive pills on the market. Pain management is important for those in the most desperate situations but it is a documented fact that some pharmaceutical companies have deceived the public. (http://theweek.com/articles/541564/how-american-opiate-epidemic-started-by-pharmaceutical-company)

The Massachusetts taxpayer should not be on the hook for the dramatic increase in addiction programs and law enforcement needs resulting from the deceptive practices of some pharmaceutical companies. Our Legislature should actively pursue funding from “Big Pharma” much like we did with “Big Tobacco” to combat the level of addiction and crime as a result of their false claims.

Finally, penalties for individuals caught dealing and selling pills and heroin in the Commonwealth must be increased. It’s well known that many users are also selling drugs to feed their habit, but high level dealers bringing large quantities of pills and heroin into our state should have a higher level of accountability. These criminals must know that this crime is taken seriously and will not be tolerated.

The Pioneer Valley is critically ill with respect to drug addiction and crime. All levels of our government, non-profit and business community are needed to step up and fight this epidemic, but it can be done with leadership. As your next State Senator, I will provide that leadership for the Pioneer Valley, and work with anyone and everyone to tackle this crisis head-on.

Chip Harrington takes out nomination papers to challenge Eric Lesser for state senate seat

By Dan Glaun | dglaun@masslive.com

James “Chip” Harrington, the Ludlow businessman and part-time police officer who is challenging state Sen. Eric Lesser in the 2016 elections, took out nomination papers Thursday morning.

Harrington announced plans on Feb. 24 to challenge Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, as a Republican candidate. The race will be a rematch of the 2014 state Senate primary, when Harrington — then a Democrat — lost to Lesser, who went on to win the seat.

“Since my announcement I have continued to hear from people in the district that they are excited that I am in this race, the encouragement has been phenomenal. Now more than ever, voters are showing that they are so sick of establishment, partisan, insider politics and my opponent embodies that to a T,” Harrington said. “Hardworking everyday citizens want their seat back. And despite the large amount of outside money that my opponent has in his war chest and can raise out of DC and Chicago, it is that type of encouragement that motivates me and makes me confident that we will win this race.”

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Chip Harrington to challenge Eric Lesser for State Senate seat

By Dan Glaun

James “Chip” Harrington, the Ludlow business-owner and part-time police officer, is seeking an electoral rematch with state Sen. Eric Lesser.

Harrington announced his Republican candidacy Wednesday morning for the state’s First Hampden and Hampshire Senate District, which includes his hometown of Ludlow, Hampden, Granby, Longmeadow and East Longmeadow, as well as parts of Springfield and Belchertown.

In an announcement video, Harrington said he would address growing threats to public safety and living standards in Western Massachusetts, including the opioid addiction crisis and violent crime.

“I am running for State Senate because I refuse to sit back and watch the quality of life here in the Pioneer Valley continue to deteriorate,” Harrington said in the video. “Each year violent crime continues to rise, more and more people are becoming addiction to opiates and heroin, our public schools continue to overemphasize high-stakes testing and there are less young families committed to our region because of a lack of career opportunities.”

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