SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and his Republican opponent, Dean Cavaretta, both recently announced endorsements in the 2012 election.
Cavaretta was endorsed this month by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing small businesses nationwide.
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB," Cavaretta said. "One of the most important messages of my campaign is the need for government to do more in support of the business community and in particular small businesses. Small, independent businesses form the engine of our economy. As a member of the Massachusetts state Senate, I will do everything I can to support them."
Cavaretta added that he has already filed a citizens petition called "An Act to Make Massachusetts More Competitive for Jobs." The petition calls for lowering personal and corporate income taxes to 5 percent and freezing new business regulations for 36 months.
Meanwhile, Eldridge announced that he has received the endorsements of 67 selectmen, city councilors and school committee members throughout the Middlesex and Worcester District.
"I wholeheartedly support and respect Jamie Eldridge," Westborough School Committee Chair Ilyse Levine-Kanji said. "During my four years on the Westborough School Committee, I've found Jamie to be easily approachable and very responsive. Jamie has the intelligence, determination and experience necessary to address the difficult problems of our times. His integrity and strength of character make him an asset to the Massachusetts Senate and to the 14 communities he represents."
Municipal officials cited Eldridge's efforts to increase state funding to cities and towns and their school districts.
"I have found Jamie Eldridge to be very responsive to me as a local official," said Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Chair Shirley Lundberg. "He takes my concerns and my phone calls very seriously and advocates for the issues important to our schools."
"He has been a presenter at the Division IV [Central Massachusetts] meetings of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees," Lundberg added. "He also has been an active advocate for Chapter 70 and regional school transportation funding, which are both essential to maintain the integrity of school budgets."