By Christopher Roberson
When Lynnfield voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will find that incumbent State Senator Brendan Crighton is the lone candidate to represent the Third Essex District.
“I am excited for this upcoming session and will continue to fight for improved transportation options for the North Shore and more resources to our schools so that every child has the best opportunity possible to succeed,” he said in a written statement.
Crighton became a senator in April of this year after he ran unopposed in the General Special Election to replace former State Senator Thomas McGee.
Crighton encountered some slight competition in the Feb. 6 Special Primary Election when he was challenged by Lynnfield Attorney Michael Walsh. However, the results of that race showed that Crighton had garnered 2,148 votes from residents in the Third Essex District. In contrast, Walsh received 152 votes, which was 148 votes shy of the minimum requirement to be on the ballot in the General Special Election.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities representing the Third Essex District, Crighton serves as the chairman of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and as the vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing. He is also the co-chairman of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission.
One of Crighton’s major accomplishments was the passage of Senate Bill 2531: An Act Providing Continued Investment In The Life Sciences Industry In The Commonwealth.
“This authorizes nearly $463 million in bonds for continued job growth through capital grants that advance education, workforce development, advanced bio-manufacturing, scientific innovation and early-stage company growth,” he said.
Working with state Rep. Bradley Jones, Crighton also secured $50,000 to hire a substance abuse–prevention coordinator in Lynnfield. The town recently announced that Peg Sallade, the former director of DanversCARES, was chosen to fill that position. “Substance abuse is an issue that touches families throughout the Commonwealth,” Crighton said in a written statement. “I’m proud to join with [House Minority] Leader Jones to advocate for this important initiative and look forward to continuing our collaborative work with the Lynnfield community.”
Jones and Crighton also pledged their support for House Bill 4516 to “provide ongoing funding support for municipal police training.” Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law on July 25. The legislation calls for a $2 surcharge on car rentals, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Each surcharge will be put into the Municipal Police Training Fund. The new revenue stream is projected to produce $8 million.
Crighton said that “over the years,” there has been outcry from a number of police departments to bolster officer training. “I’m pleased that through this dedicated revenue source, we can adequately fund the training that helps keep both our police and communities safe,” he said.
Before joining the Senate, Crighton was elected in 2014 as the state representative for the 11th Essex District. In the Primary Election, Crighton received 59 percent of the vote and easily defeated Lynn Attorney Charlie Gallo, who had 34 percent, and Lynn resident Aikaterini Koudanis, who had five percent. Prior to running for state office, Crighton worked for McGee from 2005 to 2015, ultimately becoming his chief of staff.
On the local level, Crighton represented Ward 5 on the Lynn City Council from 2010 to 2014 and was a councillor-at-large from 2014 to 2016.
After graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 2001, Crighton went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College in 2005 and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in 2009.