A Question for the Candidate - Paul Schmid
I am focused on jobs for greater Fall River. I support a casino. It's not a silver bullet, but it can be part of the tool box. The license should encourage the casino to draw patrons to the area, to benefit local restaurants, agriculture and attractions. I support the biopark. I support the commuter rail and taking down Rt 79. The proposed train center in its place will reconnect Fall River with its waterfront. We need to develope our waterfront into mixed uses: condominiums, restaurants, marinas, cruise ship docking and commercial activities including those to support the off shore wind and current turbines that are coming. We should market ourselves to the millions who drive through on 195 but do not stop. Mystic Village gets 300,000 visitors a year, the USS Massachusetts has 100,000. We can do better. We should allow fishing on Watuppa Pond a few times a year. In conjunction with camping at the bioreserve, and under the auspices of Bassmasters, this could position us as a sportsman's capitol. This idea comes from my friend Dave Proulx.
Job creation is a team effort, bigger than one state rep. I'll work well with our other elected officials and representatives of business and labor.
I am VERY optimistic about our future. We have many assets. Millions live within a few hours by car. A deep water port. A historic district second to none. A hard working labor force. Heavens, let's get going.