Another Democrat has thrown his hat into the ring for the write-in campaign to get on the November ballot for the 21st Middlesex District State Representative Seat .
Ken Gordon, 52, of Bedford, announced his write-in candidacy for the vacant seat in a release yesterday. He will face fellow Democrats and Virginia Mooney () in the Sept. 6 primary. The ballot will only show Murphy's name, but he is not running, so voters must write-in their choice.
The 21 Middlesex District includes the towns of Burlington, Bedford and Precinct 3 of Wilmington.
“I am getting in this race to give the voters of Burlington, Bedford and Wilmington a competent Democratic candidate with a history of working hard for their interest,” said Gordon. “I will fight hard to give the middle class a voice in state government. We must address challenges that face our community in areas of affordable access to health care, threats to the environment, and protecting jobs within the community. We must pass legislation that will not discourage, and will in fact attract, high paying jobs back to the district, while at the same time addressing the need of employees to be treated fairly. We need to ensure that everyone can feed and clothe their families with dignity.”
According to the announcement, Gordon is a 21-year resident of Bedford and is an attorney who specializes in the representation of employees who have faced discrimination or harassment based on their race, religion, national origin or gender in the work place. For the past three years, he has been listed among Massachusetts’ Super Lawyers by the legal association Lexis-Nexis, which reserves the designation to the top five percent of lawyers in each specialty. He has attained an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking for ethical and effective practice given by that esteemed panel.
Gordon currently serves as vice-chair of the Bedford Zoning Board, and chairs the Bedford Cultural Council. He is involved as manager of a team of fourth graders with Bedford’s Destination Imagination and coached youth league soccer and baseball for four years.
Gordon was a sportswriter for more than 10 years, eight of them affiliated with the Boston Globe, before attending Suffolk Law School and becoming a lawyer in 1990. He worked in Boston law firms for the next 10 years of his life before moving on to solo practice, where he has been for the last 12 years.
For several years he worked as a sports attorney, representing hockey players then on the roster of the Boston Bruins and other teams.
“I am honored to defend people’s rights to earn a living and be respected for their contribution,” Gordon said. “My work reflects my ideals and they reflect my philosophy. I have talked this talk, and have walked this walk. I will continue to fight against special interest, and for the interest of the middle class. Together, we can address the issues that are causing us to lose good jobs in the community, and we can tackle the threat to our open, natural spaces. We can fight against expansion of development that creates traffic tie ups and the pollution that challenges our health. I will fight for you, because as a member of the community, we all benefit when we stick together.”
For more information visit his web sit at www.kenforstaterep.com.