WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — In a debate held on Hopkinton's HCAM, incumbent 8th Middlesex District Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Hollistion) took on challenger Marty Lamb (R-Holliston), and the small business owner said he thinks he came out on top.
The two disagreed on tax plans, Dykema's voting record and bipartisanship. Lamb took exception to Dykema's vote against a bill that would require 24 hours between a bill being reported out of a committee and going up for vote.
"I don't think keeping the public in the dark or rushing to vote on bills before they are read is thoughtful or helpful to the district," Lamb said, referring to Dykema's earlier comment that she voted for "thoughtful legislation that helps the district."
The hour-long debate was sponsored by Hopkinton Cable Access Media and moderated by Chuck Joseph. Questions were put forward by Michelle Murdock of the Hopkinton Independent and Tom Moroney of Bloomberg News.
Dykema highlighted that she has worked on bipartisan committees, but Lamb rebutted, noting her record of voting with the Democratic House speaker a high percentage of the time.
“Carolyn’s record of public service and thoughtful legislation is unassailable,” said Hopkinton resident Barbara Berke in a press release.
The two also clashed on issues pertaining to the local economy, education and casino gambling.
More recently, Lamb has accused Dykema of cronyism based upon her vote against bipartisan ethics reform earlier this year.
Dykema said she thinks the statistics are misleading, and she has always worked to be as bipartisan as possible in her legislation.
"The truth is, this legislature has been able to pass reforms that have been attempted for decades," she said. "And it's been done on a broad, bipartisan basis."
Dykema said she hopes her constituents will vote for her because she has a track record as a good legislator and uses her business background to drive effective, and economically friendly reforms.
"We want to get the greatest value out of every dollar we spend for the public," she said.
The 8th Middlesex District includes Precincts 1 and 2 and Westborough, along with Precinct 2 in Southborough.