Big Name Democrats to Join State Rep. Lawn for End of the Year Fundraiser

State Rep. John Lawn

Some of Massachusetts’ Democrat VIPs will be on hand at an end of the year fundraiser hosted by State Rep. John Lawn of Watertown. Special guests for the Holiday Fundraising Reception will be Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Attorney General Maura Healey, House Speaker Ron Mariano and Majority Leader Claire Cronin. The reception will be held at Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co., 411 Waverley Oaks Road in Waltham, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Lawn represents the 10th Middlesex, which includes the Westside of Watertown, and parts of Waltham and Newton.

Changes to Watertown’s House Districts Proposed, Residents Can Give Input During Hearing

Wikimedia Commons / ChensiyuanMassachusetts State House. Every 10 years Massachusetts Legislative districts are adjusted and changes are proposed for both of Watertown’s House Districts. The Senate District may change, but the new boundaries would not impact the town. On Friday, Oct. 15, a virtual public hearing will be held to get testimony from the public and residents can submit written comments.

After Election, State Reps. Have Issues to Tackle in State House

John Lawn, left, won re-election to his sixth term as 10th Middlesex State Representative, while Steve Owens won his first election to be the State Rep. for the 29th Middlesex District. With the long campaign and election day behind them, Watertown’s two state representatives now have some work to do in the State House. They face issues that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with those around before the shutdown. Beacon Hill is familiar territory for John Lawn, who will be entering his sixth term as the 10th Middlesex State Representative. The impacts of the pandemic will be his top concern.

Watertown Firefighters Back Candidate in State Rep. Race

The Watertown Firefighters union endorsed John Lawn in his re-election bid for the 10th Middlesex State Representative seat. Local 1347 announced its endorsement on Facebook on Friday. The message cited Lawn’s work with Fire Chief Bob Quinn to get a second set of turnout gear (the clothing worn by firefighters during calls). “Before we received the back up turnout gear we were forced to wear the wet, carcinogen contaminated turnout gear after any fire we had. With the rise in occupational cancer, it has been discovered that cancer causing agents enter our bodies through our skin, as well as respiratory systems,” the announcement said.

Candidates Q&As for 10th Middlesex State Rep.: Lawn vs. Leary

Candidates for the 10th Middlesex State Representative election, John Lawn of Watertown and Alison Leary of Newton. Incumbent State Rep. John Lawn faces a challenge from Newton City Councilor Alison Leary for the 10th Middlesex State Representative seat, which includes the Westside of Watertown. Watertown News presented each candidate with a set of questions about their positions, concerns and more. See what they said. Both seek the Democratic nomination for the 10th Middlesex District.