Courtesy Elect Marty Lamb.
Today, as the Massachusetts House debates an election reform bill, Marty Lamb, Republican candidate for State Representative in the Eighth Middlesex District, challenged his opponent, State Representative Carolyn Dykema to sign a Clean Campaign Pledge.
"My campaign is going to be about the issues," said Lamb. "I think the voters of this district will appreciate the effort to reform the campaign process here locally."
Lamb's pledge proposes that all campaign materials, press releases, and other communications be limited to issue-oriented and voter education information only. Personal attacks and name calling would be strictly prohibited. Like U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have banned outside groups from advertising in their race, Lamb's pledge calls for the two campaigns to also refrain from accepting outside help with electronic advertising and mailings. If one of the candidates breaks the agreement, then that candidate will be required to donate 50% of the cost of the advertising to a charity.
"I am hoping that Mrs. Dykema will agree. We can agree to disagree on the issues without resorting to personal attacks," said Lamb. "By signing this pledge, we are showing our commitment to the people of the district. During these tough financial times, the voters deserve debate strictly on our visions for the future."
"As the House debates the election reform bill today, we have an opportunity to lead by example," added Lamb.