AUBURN, Mass. – State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and his November opponent Steve Simonian are both confident in their election chances with two more months of campaigning.
With the state primary on Thursday, 60 days before the head-to-head matchup, both candidates are optimistic with their chances in the Second Worcester District general election.
“I’m positive that the voters will realize the amount of work I have put in for them over my four years in office,” Moore said. “I’ve been accessible to their direct concerns, I go all around the district every year and people see me everywhere, and I’m proud of this reputation.”
Moore, who said he’s been going to door-to-door on nights and weekends, said he has “placed the right priority on businesses” in his four years as state senator.
“I’ve received many positive recognitions from various business groups,” said Moore, who was recognized as a "Great 8" legislator last week. “I represent the constituents and look forward to keep on being their state Senator.”
But Simonian, an Auburn selectman, thinks the outcome will be different in November.
“I’m not taking anything for granted, unseating an incumbent is not an easy task, but me and my team like our chances,” Simonian said. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback while talking to residents, and I’m very positive with my chances.”
Simonian, who said he’s been meeting voters at local events and by going door-to-door, said that as state Senator he would work with small business owners and make it easier for them to do business in Massachusetts.
“I’ve talked to many, many small business owners, and they say how it’s overregulated and there are too many policies,” Simonian said. “They can’t afford to hire workers and that needs to change.”
With each candidate running unopposed in the primary, it is a foregone conclusion that Moore and Simonian will win their respective ballots. However, each candidate plans to head to many polling stations throughout the day.
“I’ll be at polls throughout the Senate district, hitting all the locations,” Moore said. “I’ve heard of voter turnout projections of only 10 to 15 percent, but I hope many more people will come out and use their right to vote.”
“Throughout the course of the day, I’m going to spend time at each of the towns,” Simonian said. “It’s another opportunity to talk with residents and find out their concerns.”
The Senate district includes Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge (Wards 2 & 4), Shrewsbury, Upton and Worcester (Wards 5-7 and Ward 8 - Precincts 1 & 5).