By Alin K. Gregorian
WALTHAM, Mass. — Sheriff Peter Koutoujian wants to expand his horizon beyond Middlesex County to Washington. He is seeking the Fifth District House of Representatives seat vacated by now Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), in a special election slated for December 10.
Markey replaced the longtime senator from the state, John Kerry (D-Mass.), whom President Barack Obama named as secretary of state in his second term.
“I’m a kid from Waltham and I always will be. My family will stay here and my children will continue to be at the Armenian Sisters’ Academy [in Lexington]. I am not an ideologue. For me, political positions are ways to help people but they are not the only ways. I care about politics but I have come to care more deeply about the people I help,” he added.
Speaking about his platform, the progressive democrat stressed the “economy and jobs.” He noted, “The rising tide lifts all ships. If we get the economy working strongly, we create better opportunities, jobs, resources and public funding” for different programs.