Senator Ross to Kick off Commonwealth Conversations MetroWest Listening Tour

Senators continue statewide tour to reach out to the people of MetroWest

February 23, 2015

Boston – On Monday, March 2nd, Senator Richard Ross will continue a statewide tour of Senate districts, visiting businesses, universities and local organizations to listen to the concerns of the residents of MetroWest. Senator Ross will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Senators Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) as well as other senators from across Massachusetts.

The tour will begin at the Plainridge Park Casino to discuss issues impacting economic development in the region, followed by a stop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to discuss collaboration between academia and the private sector in military research and development.

Senators will then visit the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) to discuss youth and public safety issues and continue with a tour of the zero net energy building at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, joined by Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. Senators will tour the planetarium at the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University and discuss STEM education issues.

The MetroWest tour will conclude with an open public forum at the Newton North High School cafeteria from 7:00-8:30 pm. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. Sign-up sheets will be available for individuals who wish to testify, and speaking slots are available for two minutes per individual to accommodate all testifiers.

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is an exciting opportunity for the Senate to engage in a meaningful discourse with our constituents, local officials, and business leaders on the issues they care about,” said Senator Ross.  “I am looking forward to touring the MetroWest region with my colleagues and hearing directly from Massachusetts residents about what they would like the legislature to focus on during this session and how we can better serve them.”

About Commonwealth Conversations

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses and interests groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement, while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tour dates run from February 4th through March 11th.  All members of the public are encouraged to participate. To read more about this effort, visit the website at and follow on Twitter at @Ma_Senate. 

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or


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