September 12, 2017

Shrewsbury Republican looks to life experience in bid to knock off McGovern

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Jim McGovern (seen here with Elizabeth Warren and Tim Murray at a 2012 Warren campaign event in Auburn) will have a challenger in the 2018 election.

A Shrewsbury Republican kicked off his bid against U.S. Rep. James McGovern last weekend and is pledging to bring a personal approach to issues like immigration and opioid addiction.

Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette, who owns a childcare center, held his campaign launch in Leominster on Saturday. The father of an adopted child born addicted to heroin and the husband of a Colombian immigrant who entered the United States illegally, Sossa-Paquette said his life experiences have shaped his policy views.

“I’m going to come out and tell the truth, and I’m going to show people from experience, not just come out and say ‘Well, I’m a politician and I want to do these things,’ ” Sossa-Paquette said in an interview. “Not only do I want to do these things, this has been my life.”


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