Central Massachusetts voters Nov. 6 will decide contests for U.S. House of Representatives in two districts.
In the 3rd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Niki Tsongas faces Republican challenger Jonathan A. Golnik. In a campaign notable for its civility and focus on the issues — and because the contenders also vied in 2010, although not for the identical constituency as 2012 because of redistricting — we give the nod to Jonathan Golnik.
Ms. Tsongas offers experience, interpersonal flair, an upbeat outlook, and a refreshing emphasis on fostering research and development in Massachusetts. During a recent visit to the Telegram & Gazette editorial board, she cited the “extraordinary inventiveness” she sees in visits to businesses and labs in her district. She has served well in her five years in office.
Mr. Golnik, though, brings a political philosophy we favor for promoting long-term stability, productivity and fiscal health. “I believe in the power of the individual, not the power of the government,” he told the editorial board.
A courteous, well-spoken businessman who describes himself as a coalition builder, Mr. Golnik said his emphasis is on job creation — and getting members of Congress back to work, too. He believes in cutting taxes to grow the economy. Unlike Ms. Tsongas, he does not support the Affordable Health Care Act. Market-driven reforms are needed to drive health care costs down, he said. Mr. Golnik also offers traditional Republican toughness on topics ranging from the military, to Social Security, and government funding for the arts.