Two years ago, Tom Keyes was defeated by Therese Murray, who currently holds the State Senator seat for the Plymouth-Barnstable district, but he lost only by a small margin– Keyes obtained 48% of the votes cast.
But since he kicked off his campaign for this year’s election, he’s been fighting to win over the district that Murray has represented for the past twenty years. He says that he’s knocked on nearly 8,000 doors, “My opponent spent over a half million dollars to my $46,000. We ran out of steam we couldn’t get to everyone which is why all in of 2011 as well as this year, we’ve been getting out there doing a lot of handshakes, doing a lot of events, knocking on an incredible amount of doors and putting literature out. So now we’re getting the recognition.”
Keyes held his Fall Kick-Off fundraiser in Plymouth Wednesday night which was well attended by a cheerful crowd of supporters and fellow Republicans Christopher Sheldon and Charlie Baker.
Keyes targets jobs as his major concern, saying that endless regulation changing and taxation is hurting businesses.
“Business can’t get a foothold so they can predict their future, so they can do hiring and put additions on. It’s gotten so bad where a recent study showed 500 CEOs across the nation rated Massachusetts as the worst state to do business in. That’s a horrible reputation to have,” says Keyes
He believes the state needs to change its way of thinking so private businesses have breathing room in order to grow, “So we need to change course we need to make it so that Massachusetts is open for business.”
Keyes and Murray are running for State Senator in the Plymouth-Barnstable district.
Republican candidate, Tom Keyes