|Massachusetts House of Representatives, 6th Middlesex District|
|2011 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$10 - $100/day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||New York, NY|
|Profession||Architect, business owner|
Walsh is an architect and owns his own small business, Chris Walsh & Co. He has been active on many planning boards and has belonged to the Framingham Town Meeting since 1992. A past president of the Framingham Historical Society, Walsh now chairs the Historic District Commission for the town.
Walsh holds a B.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1982.
His campaign platform involves translating experience with historical preservation and town planning into revitalizing the town, including bringing in businesses to raise assessed property values. Framingham is dealing with higher rates of business closures and abandoned properties that towns in the same region, and Walsh has attributed this in part to a bad mix of entitlement and perverse incentives.
Citing the high proportion of small businesses in Framingham, Walsh wants to see incentives for business and economic development. One area he specifically wants to grow is arts and culture, something he says is underrepresented in the town.
Walsh has called for all mandated state programs to have both an economic impact assessment and a budget proposal and for towns and communities to be given more flexibility in implementing programs than state law currently allows. He has also recommended direct tax incentives to home owners to incentivize renewing blighted areas.
Walsh advocates for cleaning contaminated sites over abandoning them or building new structures and has said, "I believe that open space land is its highest and best use and that it should be valued as such." Additionally, he would like to see currently unused rail tracks redeveloped into a support route for mass transit.
Speaking on social policy, Walsh draws attention to the current economy's affect on Framingham's ability to provides its historic level of services and continue the tax free status it affords non-profits. Under Massachusetts' Dover Amendment, such non-profits enjoy exemptions from zoning laws, a clause that Walsh says is detrimental to property values for private home owners.
Walsh also wants to see greater financial support for Framingham's public schools from the state and has come out in favor of issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Walsh served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Global Warming and Climate Change, Vice-chair|
|• Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint|
|• Transportation Joint|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Walsh served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Joint|
|• Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint|
|• Transportation Joint|
Walsh won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Middlesex District. Walsh was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Walsh won election to the Sixth Middlesex Seat in 2010. He defeated incumbent Pamela Richardson in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Jim Rizoli (I) and Jim Pillsbury (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Walsh was the only challenger in a 2010 Massachusetts House race to unseat an incumbent in the primary.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Sixth Middlesex District (2010)|
|Chris Walsh (D)||9,062|
|Jim Rizolo (I)||1,226|
|Jim Pillsbury (I)||2,657|
Two years later, with campaign experience and no third candidate in the race, Walsh bested Richardson - who had herself first won election as a write-in - by an unofficial tally of 1,883 to 1,674.
Walsh first challenged Pam Richardson in 2008; that year, the Democratic primary for the seat was a three-way race. Walsh lost to Richardson. by 138 votes that year.
Walsh had run on a platform of strong advocacy for open government and transparency, which was questioned over a Town Meeting in May of 2008. According to others in attendance at the meeting, Walsh spoke in favor of a bill that favored owners of historic homes in development and land use without disclosing that his own home would be affected by the bill.
|2010 Race for 6th Middlesex District Representative in General Court - Democrat Primary|
|Pam Richardson (D)||47.06%|
|Chris Walsh (D)||52.94%|
Of the 35,000 registered voters in the District, slightly more than 6,500 voted in the primary, for a 19% rate. The night of his victory, Walsh celebrated clinching the nomination with reservations about voter enthusiasm. Speaking to local press at his victory party, he commented that, "Quite honestly, 209 votes in my view is squeaking."
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Walsh raised $18,321 in contributions. 
His largest contributor was the Committee for a Democratic House, which donated $1,000 to his campaign.
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Walsh and his wife Cindy have two children.
- House website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- ↑ Elect Chris Walsh, "Chris Walsh on the Issues", accessed September 17, 2010
- ↑ 2012 State Primary Candidate List "Massachusetts Secretary of State," Accessed June 27, 2012
- ↑ Official Massachusetts Election Results, 2010
- ↑ Wicked Local Amesbury, "Walsh says 6th Middlesex race is still up for grabs", September 16, 2010
- ↑ Boston Globe, "Walsh beats Rep. Richardson in Framingham state House race", September 14, 2010
- ↑ Wicked Local Framingham, "July 2, 2008
- ↑ Wicked Local Framingham, "Walsh tops Richardson in 6th Middlesex Democratic primary", September 15, 2010
- ↑ 2010 contributions
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