Representative Paul Schmid and Even Gendreau contest Bristol’s Eighth District seat

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Jeffrey D. Wagner

WESTPORT — Democratic incumbent State Rep. Paul Schmid is a farmer and a self-proclaimed fighter for education, the economy and the environment.

His Republican challenger Evan Gendreau, a research consultant, believes a new voice is needed and says many issues within Bristol’s 8th District have gone “unaddressed”. Gendreau tried to unseat Schmid, a six-term representative, in 2020 and won 43% of the vote. Gendreau said he went 10-1.

The two Westport residents will face off on November 8 in the general election.

“At State House, I will be a new voice and a strong advocate for Westport, Fall River, New Bedford, Freetown and Acushnet. Many important issues are at stake in this election. Despite a large budget surplus, the House ended the legislative session without passing a package of tax cuts,” Gendreau said.

“I will stand up for fiscal responsibility, continue to push for tax relief and promote public safety. I also talked about local help, education and workforce development. There are also opportunities for economic development with the construction of South Coast Rail and the growth of the offshore wind industry in our region.

Gendreau was still a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth two years ago when he ran against Schmid.

Gendreau takes aim at taxes and regulations

Gendreau is a consultant and chairman of the Westport Republican Committee.

Gendreau, who attended schools in Westport and Fall River and worked for a number of local businesses in the area, says he understands the burden of taxes and regulations on businesses.

Republican Evan Gendreau is running for state representation in Bristol's 8th District.

Gendreau has a degree in political science and in 2018 worked on the campaign of former US Senate candidate Geoff Diehl.

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Schmid breaks his 12-year-old record

Schmid says that in his 12 years as a state representative, he collaborated well with his colleagues and advocated for the new BMC Durfee High School and Westport High School buildings.

Schmid and his colleagues have been working on legislation that will increase spending per student in Fall River and New Bedford by more than 50% over the next five years.

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Schmid has also worked with officials to remove invasive weeds from Long Pond to Lakeville and is also working on a cleanup initiative for South Watuppa Pond, bordering Fall River and Tiverton. He said the plan is for this pond to become the recreational gem it was meant to be.

Schmid is also working on an initiative that will revitalize the Flint neighborhood in Fall River, once considered the city’s second downtown.

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Schmid says he has also worked on legislation to improve public safety communication in Freetown and worked with the delegation on the South Coast Rail project, as well as offshore wind opportunities.

State Representative Paul Schmid faces another challenge for Republican Evan Gendreau's Bristol Eighth District seat.

Schmid said both initiatives will help create jobs in the region.

Schmid said he also worked with the delegation to increase the capital gains exemption from $1 million to $2 million on estate taxes.

Schmid says perhaps his best quality is his ability to collaborate.

“You have to work together.”

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