The Lowell Sun (General)

Three candidates are seeking to succeed the late James Miceli, who served Tewksbury and Wilmington for more than 40 years. His aide, David Robertson, is the clear choice to succeed him. Having worked in Miceli’s office for more than a decade, Robertson has the grass-roots view and the knowledge to be effective on the first day.

Dennis Francis

On Tuesday, September 4, after I enjoy that last gasps of summer, I am going to walk to my local polling precinct and cast a vote for Dave Robertson to be our next State Representative!

You may know, Dave is well educated having attended UMass Amherst and has worked at the State House for the last 10 years as Jim Miceli’s Intern, Legislative Aide, and Chief of Staff. While those are excellent reasons to cast my vote for Dave, that is not my motivation. What is motivating me to vote for Dave is that he is a man of integrity. Integrity is defined as a “quality of being honest and having strong moral principles,” which is a trait that is LACKING and NEEDED at the State House.

I have come to know Dave as a State House Aide and as a person. He understands the politics of the statehouse but has not become seduced by the lure of false pretenses to push personal agendas. He works smart and tirelessly to get his points across and get the job done. While some may think Dave is a unassuming, I can assure this is not true. I have seen Dave in action. More importantly, I have seen Dave listen and react to residents concerns; addressing the needs of the community at large while taking care of the individual. In the words of Roosevelt…”speak softly and carry a big stick.” That is the Dave I know! That’s the man who should be the next State Representative for Tewksbury and Wilmington.

If you want to learn more check out his website at robertsonforrep.com or his Facebook Page Dave Robertson for State Representative

Please join me and cast your vote for Dave Robertson on September 4.

The Lowell Sun (Primary)

The next state representative in the 19th Middlesex District faces an unenviable task. James Miceli, who died on April 21, was unmatched in constituent services and the passion with which he represented Tewksbury and Wilmington for 40 years.

Five Democrats have stepped up: Erica Johnson, chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee; Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman; Wilmington Selectman Michael McCoy; Judy O’Connell, a former Wilmington selectman and School Committee member; and David Robertson, Miceli’s chief of staff. The district will be fortunate to have any of those names appear on the November ballot. The most impressive, though, has been Robertson.

Robertson has acquired a big-picture approach to the 19th, having spent five years working in both towns. A self-described “blue dog Democrat,” Robertson appears to be cut from Miceli’s cloth: fiscally conservative, voting for party positions when they benefit the district and against extreme left proposals when they don’t. He has supported gun owners, championing a signature ownership protection act following his boss’s death.

David Robertson has the depth of knowledge and the passion to serve the 19th Middlesex, and deserves your vote on Sept. 4.

Mary Aruda, PhD, APRN

Last week Governor Baker signed S.2632, An act relative to veteran’s benefits, rights, appreciation, validation and enforcement (The Brave Act).  Dave Robertson played a large part in getting this bill enacted.  Starting over 4 years ago at the monthly evening office hours for Rep. Miceli at the Wilmington Town Hall, Dave listened, researched, and collaborated with the legislature legal team, and Rep. Miceli to write part of this legislation, specifically Section 5.  This part of the new law acknowledges the Commissioned Officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as veterans in Massachusetts.  This places Massachusetts in line with the Federal recognition of USPHS/NOAA officers as veterans and provides parity with many other states.

I have worked closely with Dave Robertson on this issue over the past 4 years,  and can attest to his professionalism and attention to detail during many phone calls, strategy sessions and meetings at the state house with other legislators to move this issue forward.  Dave Robertson has been Rep. Miceli’s right hand man during the last several years, as anyone with a problem or issue in town knows.  His mentorship by Rep. Miceli, who well represented the Wilmington area for over the 35 years I have lived in town, provided an incredible on the job training and a strong background for Dave to work in the complex Massachusetts legislative system.

Thank you Rep. Miceli for filing and supporting this legislation and for all you did for the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury for so many years.  May you rest in peace.

Thank you Dave Robertson for all the work you did to get this legislation enacted and signed into law.  Your enthusiasm for helping people is well suited for your chosen career in public service.

I urge every resident to support this talented, dedicated, hardworking professional to continue in his successful work as the state representative for Wilmington and Tewksbury.   Please vote for Dave Robertson in the primary on September 4 and the general election on November 6.

Frank West

(Former Wilmington Selectman)

It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.

I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.

As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

M.J. Byrnes

I am writing to enthusiastically endorse David Robertson as the next State Representative for Wilmington and Tewksbury. As a resident of Wilmington, I have had the pleasure of working with David on wide and varied town topics that impact our community. From proposed developments that threaten the quality of life of our residents (eg. Global Gas proposal and the location of a Detoxification facility, in close proximity to a residential neighborhood, at 362 Middlesex Ave.), to adequate State funding for Wilmington Public Schools, Dave has been my point person for viewing concerns and continues to be a strong and vocal advocate, fighting such developments to ensure the safety and quality of life for the neighborhoods, families and children of Wilmington. I am not the only one to experience this however. As many residents know, Dave has been instrumental in voicing their concerns to our community boards and ensuring those concerns were also shared effectively with the late Representative James Miceli.

Representative Miceli was a strong mentor to David, and placed a great deal of trust in him. So much so, that David was given the great responsibility to represent and to speak publicly on his behalf at various town meetings, especially those that threaten the integrity of our communities.

Dave has extensive knowledge of both communities and the specific concerns both of our Towns are facing. He is already well versed with regards to the status of such topics at both state and local levels. He continues to actively work on these issues as an Ambassador to the office, and continues to advocate & finish the work Representative Miceli had started prior to his untimely passing. It is my distinct impression that he has been and is instrumental in the amount of work Representative Miceli was able to accomplish on behalf of Wilmington. He clearly shares and exhibits the same strong dedication and commitment to our families and communities that were so well seen with our previous Representative. Tewksbury and Wilmington is where he grew up, and is truly his home.

As the Legislative Representative and a Board Member of Wilmington’s School Committee for the past 7 years, I have had the pleasure of seeing David grow and evolve into his role and position of Chief of Staff to Representative Miceli. In addressing those concerns that have the largest impact to our public schools, I have always found David to be very responsive, honest and transparent in his communication between myself and Representative Miceli, as well as, driving action to ensure best possible outcomes for our schools. I know him to be hard working and consistent with follow up of previous discussions and updates.

Well respected and known by other State Legislators for the work he has done and continues to do on behalf of our community, no other candidate running for this seat has that level of experience and knowledge of this position as David does. He is effective in his role and has proven himself with his impressive work and time as Chief of Staff. He’s well acquainted with our local community leaders, our friends, neighbors, and residents, and knows many by their first names. He holds no allegiance to special interest groups and their agendas that risk the quality of life for residents and families. It’s for the future of our towns that he works so diligently in protecting. Dave will continue to advocate in ensuring our communities remain viable and attractive to new families and businesses, and that they benefit from “smart” growth and fiscal stability, without risking the qualities and uniqueness our towns are known for.

It’s for these reasons that I encourage voters to join me in casting their vote for David Robertson in the upcoming September 4th primaries for State Representative.

Linda Ricardo-Brabant

(Former Director of the Tewksbury Council on Aging and elected official)

I fully support and endorse David A. Robertson for the office of State Representative for Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I have known David for approximately 10 years.  He is energetic, a hard worker and has experienced how the House of Representatives works.  David is compassionate, honest and is the bearer of much integrity.

David always followed through on helping the constituents of Tewksbury and Wilmington while employed by Representative Miceli. As Jim’s “right hand man,” he did much of the footwork and gained knowledge and insight on the role of a Representative. David went everywhere with Jim and made many important contacts.  David knows what is expected of a Representative and is both eager and prepared to fill this significant role.  He has been exceptional in helping many of the residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington, both the youth and the older residents. He is reachable and can communicate with all types of people regardless of their age and their circumstances. A truly educated person is one that can relate and converse with all people; and in doing so, succeeds in helping where it is needed.

As the former Director of the Tewksbury Council on Aging and an elected officer of the Tewksbury Housing Authority, I have experienced David’s character and his diligence in helping people during his time as Jim’s Chief of Staff; and, I feel, in my heart, that Jim would be so happy and proud to see David Robertson elected as State Representative.  I can’t count the number of times when Jim had nothing but the highest praise for David Robertson. I remember Jim telling a story of how he wasn’t going to hire David because “he was too tall” but admitted that is was the best thing he ever did!

With that said, I encourage my fellow Senior Citizens and our younger community residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington to vote during the Primary, Tuesday, September 4th, for DAVID ROBERTSON as the Democratic candidate for the office of State Representative.  DAVID ROBERTSON IS A GOOD MAN WHO WILL DO A GOOD JOB!

Mary Eldringhoff (Ms. E)

David Robertson, this is a name I would like you to remember.  David Robertson is a candidate to fill the seat held by State Representative James Miceli for 40 years. The names Robertson and Miceli belong in the same sentence because for the past ten years they worked together, side by side, as the team that brought dependable, caring public service to the citizens of Tewksbury and Wilmington.

During that decade of work in the State Representative’s office, David Robertson has developed the necessary qualities to begin service to this district on Day 1:

David’s dedication to his constituents is unmatched.

David’s knowledge of local issues is unparalleled.

David’s command of the protocol and procedures of the State House is unrivaled.

There could not be a better training ground for excellence in public service than standing at the side of James R. Miceli. In addition, Mr. Miceli understood the intelligence, compassion and commitment that David Robertson brought to work every day, and he valued this young man of exemplary character.

On September 4th, in the Primary Election, I ask you to consider David Robertson as your candidate for State Representative. He stands prepared and ready to serve.

Robert Hunt:

David Robertson is a great young man doing a great job for the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury. For the past ten years, Mr. Robertson has helped our wonderful Representative Miceli in every aspect of governance. Whenever a constituent had a problem, Mr. Miceli would have Mr. Robertson follow through with a solution until that problem was rectified for the constituent. Mr. Miceli taught Mr. Robertson that every call to his office is of most importance. Mr. Robertson always conducts himself in a most professional manner at all times. Mr. Robertson knows who to make contact with at the State House, which results in a favorable outcome for the constituent. Mr. Robertson has moved the halls of the State House and he knows the legislators that can get problems solved.

Mr. Robertson is already at Representative Miceli’s office. He already knows what has to be accomplished in order to obtain a favorable outcome for a problem. Mr. Miceli hired Mr. Robertson because Mr. Miceli knew that Mr. Robertson was the best man for the job. Let us keep Mr. Robertson in Mr. Miceli’s office. Mr. Robertson learned from the best man, so he knows what must be done for the future of our towns.

George Ferdinand:

I’m supporting State Rep candidate Dave Robertson for many reasons, but to name a few, he is respectful, kind, has a knowledge of Beacon Hill, is known as a policy guy, and has attended so many functions with Jim Miceli as his aide and Chief of Staff.  While no one will fill Jim’s place, Robertson has all the tools to carry on the work and fight for the people of the 19th District, which Jim did so well.

Local Veteran Ray Spinoza:

As the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury prepare to elect the next representative for Middlesex county’s 19thdistrict this coming fall, each candidate’s position regarding prominent issues facing today’s society will be closely scrutinized. And rightfully so. Surely, every candidate will have a meticulously crafted blueprint of how they intend to enhance the quality of life for Wilmington and Tewksbury residents by addressing those issues most inimical to our quality of life. Indeed, fewer societal ills have had a more deleterious impact than that of addiction.

Individuals who have not been at least indirectly impacted by addiction are an endangered species today, if not already extinct. Thus what distinguishes the right candidate among a field of qualified political candidates in contemporary society is an innate and refined insight that transcends public policy and humanizes sensitive topics such as this. The towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury need a representative who will not just advocate for them, but will empower them. An individual capable of casting aside the political lens when necessary to meet people where they are at. The right candidate is someone willing to forge quality relationships with constituents while learning exactly what it is that they need at any given point in their lives. And as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps recovering from alcoholism, I consider myself fortunate to have come across one such candidate while volunteering for the late representative James Miceli.

I lost my father and my best friend, Raymond C. Spinazola Sr, on March 5, 2014.  I had already achieved two weeks of sobriety, and had promised him that I had taken my last drink. But the damage had already been done, as there was a second OUI pending in Woburn District Court, the center of my late father’s social and professional universe. My life was in shambles and I had disgraced his name one final time. A prominent citizen of the city of Woburn, my father had always advised me that one of the keys to a happy and fulfilling life is to become involved and engaged in the community around me. However it would not be until years later, after his death and along the winding road of recovery from alcoholism; that I would learn just how correct he truly was.

The most sobering moment of my life was holding my father’s hand as he slowly slipped away. The fear in his eyes was palpable, but what struck me was that his fear was born not of the unknown that accompanied his imminent death. No. What he feared most until his final breath was the possibility that he had failed to instill in me all of the qualities and values that I would need to continue down the path of recovery from alcoholism. Just two weeks after my father’s funeral I was convicted of my second OUI in Woburn District Court. This was my rock bottom. However what I had soon began to realize was that whatever lessons my late father had not succeeded in teaching me during life, he had most assuredly taught me in death. Now in full recovery mode, I was ready to make wholesale lifestyle changes as I elicited strength from these deepest moments of despair. I utilized my father’s death to empower me to seek out the degree of civic engagement that he had spent the final 33 plus years of his life pleading with me to undertake. It was the fall of 2014 when I made a phone call to the late representative James Miceli’s office in order to volunteer for his campaign, and the voice that greeted me on the other end of the line was none other than his chief of staff, David Robertson, who penciled me in to hold signs with other Miceli supporters. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that my road to recovery had just been freshly paved.

It soon became apparent to me that David Robertson possesses a keen ability to relate to people. David took the time to learn about me, as well as the journey that is my recovery, and realized the integral role that becoming engaged in my community would play in maintaining my sobriety. David availed him self of every opportunity to seek out additional outlets and avenues for me to get involved in the community and establish new networks of friends, as I continued to adapt to a brand new lifestyle. David referred me to the Wilmington Democratic Committee, where I remain a member today, and it is with the help of David, as well as my family and friends that I was able to expand my network of support while undertaking the greatest battle of my life.  This support also extended to members of my family.

David did not hesitate to have the department of public health show up to field a concern of my elderly mother’s. He acted as liaison between relatives in search of a home and the housing authority. And even arranged for my fiancé to speak to an immigration attorney to in an effort to allay concerns regarding related to her impending asylum.

As I stood there with David holding representative Miceli’s signs at the intersection of route 129 and 38 in the fall of 2014, I could have never fathomed that in just four short years, I would be a licensed certified social worker en route to having achieved 4 years and 4 months of sobriety a mere two weeks away from wedding the love of my life. Perhaps it is fitting that I will be married on Independence Day, as this is the first time in my life that I have truly felt independent.

The role of therepresentative elected this fall is to serve the people of the 19th congressional district, including the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington, for a two-year term. The representative will, among other duties, strive to introduce bills, formulate resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees all towards the greater good of the community and the ability of each constituent to obtain a greater quality of life. It is my sincerest hope that whoever is elected to succeed the late representative James Miceli this fall will successfully fulfill all of the aforementioned roles. However it is factthat if elected, David Robertson will continue to have this kind of impact on the lives of those in the community.

I’m living proof-