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Chris Walsh
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Middlesex District
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10 - $100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday05/20/1951
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionArchitect, business owner
ReligionAgnostic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Chris Walsh (b. May 20, 1951)  is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Walsh has been active on many planning boards and has belonged to the Framingham Town Meeting. A past president of the Framingham Historical Society, Walsh has also chaired the Historic District Commission for the town.

Biography

Walsh earned his B.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. His professional experience includes working an architect at his own firm, Chris Walsh & Co.

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Walsh's website highlighted a campaign platform involves translating experience with historical preservation and town planning into revitalizing the town, including bringing in businesses to raise assessed property values.

Citing the high proportion of small businesses in Framingham, Walsh noted a desire to see incentives for business and economic development. One area he specifically pointed out was arts and culture, something he said was underrepresented in the town.

Walsh 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 allowed at the time. He also recommended direct tax incentives to home owners to incentivize renewing blighted areas.

Walsh advocated for cleaning contaminated sites over abandoning them or building new structures and said, "I believe that open space land is its highest and best use and that it should be valued as such."[1] Additionally, he expressed a desire to see unused rail tracks redeveloped into a support route for mass transit.

Speaking on social policy, Walsh drew attention to the economy's effect on Framingham's ability to provide services and continue the tax-free status afforded to non-profits. Massachusetts' Dover Amendment exempted non-profits from zoning laws, a clause that Walsh argued was detrimental to property values for private home owners.

Walsh also called for greater financial support for Framingham's public schools from the state, and the issue of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Walsh served on the following committees:

Election history

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2]

2010

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[3] Walsh was the only challenger in a 2010 Massachusetts House race to unseat an incumbent in the primary.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Sixth Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Walsh (D) 9,062
Jim Rizolo (I) 1,226
Jim Pillsbury (I) 2,657

2008

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.[5]

2010 Race for 6th Middlesex District Representative in General Court - Democrat Primary
Candidates Percentage
Pam Richardson (D) 47.06%
Chris Walsh (D) 52.94%
Total votes 3,557

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."[6]

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Walsh raised $18,321 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Committee for a Democratic House, which donated $1,000 to his campaign.

Personal

Walsh and his wife, Cindy, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pamela Richardson
Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Middlesex District
2011–present
Succeeded by
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