Candidates 2018

TOWN ELECTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 1, 2018

Every election we send questions to certain candidates running for office to gauge where they stand on the Second Amendment. This year, we are continuing our policy of issuing letter grades to candidates. The letters are A, B, C, F, or I (Incomplete/Unavailable).

Grade A – The candidate fully supports the Second Amendment in word, deed, and/or takes a pro-active approach to demonstrating this.

Grade B – The candidate states that they fully support the second amendment, but no other evidence is available to show how they might act.

Grade C – The candidate has made remarks that Westford Pro 2A considers less than fully supportive of the Second Amendment, but we are unaware of any actions by the candidate to undermine the Second Amendment.

Grade F – The candidate has made actions to limit the Second Amendment rights of people.

Grade I – Incomplete or unavailable. The candidate did NOT respond to questions.

Candidate(s) for Selectman
Mark D. Kost – GRADE A

Questions asked and Answers received:

1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?
A: YES

2. Do you believe that individual towns may place additional burdens on law-abiding firearms owners in addition to Federal and State Law?
A: NO

Candidate(s) for School Committee
Mingquan Zheng – GRADE B

Questions Asked and Answers Received:

1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?
A: When I took an oath to become citizen of the United States, I pledged to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America”, and that is what I am going to do: to support US Constitution and its amendments in entirety.

2. Do you believe in “age appropriate” firearms safety training (such as Eddie Eagle for young children and Home Firearms Safety for older students)?
A: I do understand that keeping children away from firearms reduces risks of firearm related accidents. However firearm accidents do happen to young kids, and whenever such accident happens it is heartbroken for the affected families. Firearm safety training, if proven effective, could be a good tool to prepare kids in the rare cases of encountering firearms alone. For a school system, it needs to look into whether there are fundings available, if the program is proven effective, and if instruction fits into class schedule. Also I do understand strong objections from some parents on this issue. It could be done as explicitly opt-in required from parents for their kids to participate.

When I entered college in China, we were required to participate in reserve officer training, and the training includes firearm training like assembling/disassembling firearms, live shooting practices, etc. Although I am not a gun owner myself, there is value in the training I received.

3. Would you support a scholastic shooting team (such as trap, rifle, or pistol) in Westford Academy?
A: Shooting is actually an Olympic Sports and obviously sports start with assembling a team with coaching, training, and competing, etc. I don’t know if Westford Academy has the resources, facilities, and funding available for such a team. It really depends on the parents and students at Westford Academy to see if they want to make it happen.

Alicia Curtin Mallon – Grade C

1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?

A: While I do support gun ownership, I also support rigorous background checks, and common sense safety limitations. The Second Amendment was written in a time where the writers could not conceive of the weapons of today. Evolving with modern standards is a must.

2. Do you believe in “age appropriate” firearms safety training (such as Eddie Eagle for young children and Home Firearms Safety for older students)?

A: Yes, but WPS currently uses a school appropriate program and ALICE drills for that purpose. All other education should take place at home.

3. Would you support a scholastic shooting team (such as trap, rifle, or pistol) in Westford Academy?

A: Within specific circumstances, yes. I support all student-desired groups as long as they are appropriate. There would be a long list of safety, facilities, and training demands that would come with such a team. Only if all those needs were met, without compromising the budget demands of student learning as well as campus safety, would I support it at WA.

Christoper P. Sanders – Incomplete
Avery Rockwell Adam – Incomplete

Candidate(s) for Board of Health
Joanne E. Belanger – Incomplete

Candidate(s) for Planning Board
Darrin Wizst – Incomplete

Candidate(s) for Library Trustees
We did not send questions to these candidates.