Editor's note: The Chelmsford Independent, in partnership with The Beacon and The Concord Journal, present Question of The Week series with the three Democratic candidates running for the 14th Middlesex seat in the Sept. 4 primaries.
The three candidates are Tami Gouveia of Acton, Benjamin Bloomenthal of Acton and Christian Krueger of Concord.
The district consists of Precincts 1, 2 and 6 of Acton, Carlisle, Precincts 1 and 9 of Chelmsford and Concord.
This week's question is: What is the greatest challenge facing the district?
"Our district is grappling with inadequate state funding needed to sustain vibrant, just communities. I will bring our communities’ voices to the table when fighting for critical investments in innovative public schools, single-payer healthcare, reliable transportation, living wage jobs, renewable energy and affordable housing so that all families can thrive."
"The greatest challenge we face across the district is access to affordable healthcare. With health insurance premiums rising and coverage declining, residents are afraid of losing their insurance. As your state representative, I will fight to implement a single-payer program covering preventive medicine, mental health services and pre-existing conditions."
"To me, the biggest challenge facing our district is income inequality. From a lack of affordable housing segregating the rich from the poor, to rising cost of living and property taxes pushing the elderly out of their homes, increasing income inequality hurts our commonwealth and must be combated."