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Candidate Profile: George Georgountzos

George Georgountzos, R-Stoneham, is vying to be a Massachusetts State Representative.

Name: George Georgountzos

Age: 42

Address: 11 Fieldstone Dr., Stoneham

Occupation: Attorney

Offices Held: Member, Stoneham Finance & Advisory Board, 2011-present

Why are you running for State Rep.? 

I am running to bring balance to Beacon Hill. The current representative appears to promote a political agenda over protecting the interests of his constituents.

Why should voters elect you as State Rep.?

Voters should elect me because I would be a better steward of their funds, I would focus on the needs of the town over the political goals of the extreme wing of a party, and because I will work with the towns' officials to maximize state resources flowing to our towns.

What are three issues facing Winchester that, if elected, you would strive to improve?

1) Renovations to the commuter rail stations

2) Lower taxes to stimulate businesses

3) Downtown development assistance

What are three issues facing Stoneham that, if elected, you would strive to improve? 

1) School funding and Chapter 70 funds

2) Lower taxes to stimulate businesses

3) Better coordination of MWRA projects in Stoneham

 

Paul MacDonald October 02, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Vote for george. Jason lewis is a progressive liberal who is unwilling to compromise or consider an alternative view. Paul macdonald md Winchester resident
Marlene prates October 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
George , Will do what is best for the Town of Winchester ! Join me , I Vote for George
Marlene prates October 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Vote For George !
linita October 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It is time for a more balanced candidate and one who listens to all the people, not just the liberal constituents. George is focused on the best use of our taxes, reducing waste in government programs, and on business development. He is well-credentialed and a bright, family centered guy. It is time for new ideas.
Sean Rynne October 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Jason often releases article to the press boasting of bringing millions of dollars to WInchester to fix our train stations, the downtown station repairs seem to have been inadequate. The work looked like a bandaid approach, hardly a million dollar project. (this is a lot of money for what was repaired.) And the Wedgemere project is now 14 months overdue, nothing has been done in months, parking spaces are occupied by construction equipment, and someone (MBTA or us) is paying interest. Spending money is not the hard part, it is getting value for that money. Then again the circus elephants will be treated humanely!
Matt Wu October 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Sean, you are correct that the recent work at the Winchester Center Station was a "band-aid" approach, in that the MBTA made several changes in order to secure the safety of commuters and MBTA workers. Plans for a complete renovation of the station, with the input of the Winchester Planning Board, continue to be underway. Jason Lewis has attended every meeting of this working group to ensure that Winchester's vision for the downtown area is reflected in the new station. The money secured by Rep Lewis is for the continued design and construction of the complete renovation project.
Blue October 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I don't know either candidate but have seen Lewis signs on lawns next to Obama and Warren signs. That is enough for me NOT to vote for Lewis. Go george go.
Red October 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I don't know either candidate but have seen Georgountzos signs on lawns next to Romney and Brown signs. That is enough for me NOT to vote for Georgountzos. Go ignorance go.
Liberativependent October 10, 2012 at 01:03 AM
It appears that the two candidates have a very similar set of priorities for Stoneham. This is interesting because Lewis is from Winchester and yet he identifies the same priorities as Georgountzos for Stoneham, while Georgountzos does not have the granular information about Winchester to offer anything different and in fact his #2 and #3 could be reasonably assumed to be the same thing. But, and here's the crux, Georgountzos believes that only reduced taxes will stimulate business, while Lewis offers many solutions to the same goal. If we assume that Georgountzos believes lower taxes leads to improved economies, then we must assume that if we had the lowest tax rates on individuals in the last 82 years (but for three years in the late 80s), the third lowest tax rates among OECD countries, among the lowest EFFECTIVE i.e. ACTUAL corporate tax rates among OECD countries, that our economy would be booming. It's not. So, it should be a red flag for anyone familiar with the actual data, that his only solution to economic stimulus is lower taxes. Lewis, on the other hand, lists several tactics for spurring economic growth in both towns. So, the choice seems to be this: do you want someone who has only one unproven solution or someone who offers multiple ways to achieve economic stimulus. I am not a registered Democrat or Republican but I am someone who looks at the facts and votes based on who I think will best solve the issues we face.
George Georgountzos October 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I have to take issue with Liberativependent's statment that I believe "that only reduced taxes will stimulate businesses." It's not accurate, though I certainly think that lessening the tax burden on businesses and individuals is a major factor in economic growth which will stop the depature of jobs to New Hampshire with a better tax and regulatory environment for small businesses. But lower taxes aren't the only way to stimulate businesses. Fair regulation that protects the public while not dissuading investment is also necessary. Low interest loans would also be helpful. I also support student debt forgiveness for young people entering teaching careers or other vital yet underserviced public sector fields. I wish that before folks make difinitive statements about my views in publi, they take the time to reach out to me. I'm easy to find....www.georgeforstaterep.com is the website, click the contact link, and your note comes to me, and I respond. I could go on in great detail as to why Liberativependent misrepresents my views, but I would also point out that Mr. Lewis' #1 solution is always to call for greater taxation, more government control of everyday decisions, and fewer choices for our citizens. His "solutions" are typically costly and benefit few, protected interests. That's not good for Winchester, Stoneham, Massachusetts, or society in general. It's high time for a change in attitude and in the folks who govern us.

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