Marty Green is pleased to announce his candidacy for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ninth Worcester District, which includes Grafton, Northbridge, and Upton. The Northbridge Democrat seeks election to the seat being vacated by Representative George Peterson, who announced recently that he would not seek re-election.
“As a parent and small business owner, I believe I have a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that the residents of Grafton, Northbridge and Upton face daily. As your State Representative, I will use my experience as a successful small business owner to fight for practical solutions to reduce the cost of doing business in Massachusetts. As a parent of two college age children, I understand the importance of being committed to life long learning; however we need to find ways to reduce the rising cost of higher education. In doing so we will expand opportunities for all residents.”
Marty’s broad background in business and public service in the Blackstone Valley make him uniquely qualified to represent the interests of both the residents as well as the businesses in the Ninth Worcester District. He served as Economic Development Director and Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce from 1995-2005. In that role Marty worked closely with business leaders, residents, as well as local, state and federal government leaders to promote many regional economic development projects, including the Route 146-MassPike Interchange, the Blackstone River Valley Bikeway, several regional planning efforts, and workforce development initiatives such as the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. The experience allowed him to forge enduring relationships throughout the Blackstone Valley, and taught him the importance of collaboration and the need, at times, to work with divergent interests toward a common goal.
From 1992-1995 Marty served on the Northbridge Board of Selectmen where he first encountered and developed an understanding of the considerable challenges that the small towns of the Ninth Worcester District face to adequately fund town government and the school department without placing undue strain on individual and business taxpayers. Because those challenges are no less significant now than they were when Marty was a Selectman, he will work to increase local aid to help fund the many “unfunded mandates” created by state government. “It is essential that state government find a practical solution to the problem faced by every town to maintain the quality of local services and to provide a high quality education for our children without increased financial support to cover increased costs of state mandated programs and services.”
Marty looks forward to meeting with residents, business owners and local leaders to discuss how a “Pro-Business Democrat” can serve the Ninth Worcester District with practical and common sense ideas and solutions.
Mr. Green owns and operates Marty Green Properties, LLC a full service real estate and property management business serving all of Massachusetts. Mr. Green resides in Northbridge with his wife Maura and his children Sadie and Jack. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Worcester State University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Framingham State University. He was a founding member of the Northbridge Education Foundation, and is a member of St Patrick’s Parish in Northbridge. Marty is a member of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester Board of Realtors.