AUBURN, Mass. – With the 2nd Worcester District election coming up, state Sen. candidate Steve Simonian (R-Auburn) is making a last push to oust four-year incumbent Michael Moore (D-Millbury). Simonian recently stated that he has knocked on over 17,000 doors and has worked harder than Moore, but Moore said he “continues to devote every ounce of energy to this race and to my constituents.”
Simonian said in a press release last week that he has personally knocked on over 17,000 doors throughout the district and has hit over 80 percent of the voters.
“My opponent, being an incumbent Senator can out-fundraise me. He can out-spend me. But under no circumstances will he work harder than me,” Simonian said. “My military and private sector experience have afforded me the determination to make my case to the voters.
“When I started this race, many in the establishment didn’t have faith that my opponent could be given a serious challenge,” Simonian added. “They used to say, you don’t have a chance, but now since you knocked on my door, I'll vote for you.”
In response, Moore said that no one should ever underestimate his work ethic.
“Over the last four years, whether it's during an election or not, I always give 110 percent to this job and getting my message out there,” Moore said. “I have a proven record of results, I have a strong vision for the future, and I’m optimistic that the voters will respond favorably. I have never, and I will never, take anything for granted.
“Whether it's door knocking, attending community events, participating in forums, or simply going out to meet people, I continue to devote every ounce of energy to this race and to my constituents,” Moore added. “I'm proud of the work I've done, I'm encouraged by the direction we're going, and I've been humbled by the overwhelming show of support I've received.”
The 2nd Worcester District includes Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge ((Wards 2 & 4), Shrewsbury, Upton and Worcester (Wards 5-7 and Ward 8 - Precincts 1 & 5). The Simonian campaign said he has hit over 80 percent of voters based on the campaign’s calculation that 20,986 likely households vote consistently in the district.
In the 2008 presidential election, about 70,000 voters voted in the 2nd Worcester District state senate race. Auburn Town Clerk Ellen Gaboury predicts there will be as many, if not more, voters on Nov. 6.