Enough about the Straight Bullshit Express: here’s an election I can believe in. In Massachusetts’ Second Suffolk District, the Democratic primary for State Senate features Sonia Chang-Diaz and Dianne Wilkerson. For the very little that it’s worth, the Mad Biologist endorses Sonia Chang-Diaz.
On many issues, there isn’t much difference between Chang-Diaz and Wilkerson–were Wilkerson to win, it certainly wouldn’t be a disaster; Wilkerson’s record is pretty good. But here’s why I plan to vote for Chang-Diaz:
- Chang-Diaz supports publicly funded campaigns; Wilkerson is against them.
- Speaking of campaign finance, for a very long time, Wilkerson fought (and ultimately lost) charges that she engaged in illegal campaign finance activities. And I can’t quite forget that she was a write-in in 2006 because she wasn’t organized enough to get 300 signatures. That definitely says “I care.”
- Dianne Wilkerson supports the $800 million Columbus Center, which, as far as I can tell, is a wealth transfer from the state to developers and wealthy apartment owners–most Democrats oppose this project, including Marty Walz, the State Rep. Most of the jobs that would be generated by this project wouldn’t wind up back in the local community; there are better ways to pump $800 million into the economy.
- Wilkerson supports the construction of the BU biohazard level 3 laboratory (which would be located in the South End). Chang-Diaz argues that this won’t do much for the residents of the district, and imposes all sorts of costs (who wants to own a house next to a BL3 lab?).
- Chang-Diaz seems less likely to engage in the corporate-give-away race to the bottom, without tangible benefits to the district.
- Chang-Diaz wants the minimum wage to be indexed to the cost of living (just like senators’ and representatives’ salaries).
Wilkerson has done many good things, but I think Chang-Diaz will be better.