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VIDEO: Garry, Leczysnki Clash in 36th Middlesex State Rep. Debate

Oct 17, 2018 05:15PM ● By Bill Gilman

State Rep. Colleen Garry and challenger Ray Leczynski debate in Tyngsboro

State spending, corruption and judicial accountability were just a few of the topics touched on, as State Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut, and Republican challenger Ray Leczynski, of Dracut, met in a 36th Middlesex District debate, Tuesday night.
The event took place at Tyngsboro Town Hall, in a room that serves as both a meeting room for the Tyngsboro Selectmen and a studio for Tyngsboro TV.
The debate was organized and moderated by Tyngsboro TV Director Steve Brogan. Questions were posed by Your Dracut Today Editor Bill Gilman, WCAP AM980's Teddy Panos and reporter Amaris Castillo of the Lowell Sun. Additional questions were submitted by e-mail and social media by residents of the 36th District.

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The candidates agreed on many issues, including opposition to Question 1 (mandated nursing staff minimums) and Question 3 (transgender bathroom access) on the upcoming Nov. 6.
But there were also many bones of contention. Leczysnki said he felt a change was needed on Beacon Hill to balance party representation and to change "business as usual." Garry countered by describing herself as "the most bi-partisan person in the Legislature."
Garry said the recent string of scandals involving Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate represented just a few bad apples and not the whole party. She said the leaders seemed to have succumbed to the temptation of corruption after they attained leadership positions.
Leczysnki, who has been an advocate for greater legislative transparency, especially in the area of committee votes, stressed the need for more action on the part of the Legislature to hold judges accountable for what could be seen as irresponsible decisions that put residents at risk. Garry said she agreed that accountability was needed but said the action needed to come from the Governor's office.
Garry touted her 24 years experience representing the district, her record of constituent service and her accountability. When Leczynski said he intended to keep his "day job" as an accountant if he is elected, Garry said she wasn't sure if he understood to the full demands of the position.
The debate was broadcast on Tyngsboro TV, DATV, WCAP and Facebook Live. There were some technical problems that caused viewers of Tyngsboro TV and DATV to miss the first portion of the debate. Those issues were corrected.
You can watch the debate, in its entirety, on the video below.


State Rep. Colleen Garry and challenger Ray Leczynski debate in Tyngsboro

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