Republicans In 2nd Franklin Race Differ On Proposed Gas Pipeline

Two Republican candidates for Massachusetts state representative disagree on a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through their Franklin and Worcester County district.

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Karen Anderson and Susannah Whipps-Lee both strongly support Second Amendment rights, and want fewer taxes on businesses. But they differ on a proposed natural gas pipeline. In a candidate roundtable, Anderson said she hasn’t yet made up her mind on the issue, still she said the region will need to make up for the loss of energy sources like the closing Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

“Who is going to replace that energy need? We all have cell phones, we all have computers, and we charge them every day,” says Anderson. “So we need to find out what exactly is going on, what nature is going to actually be removed, and we don’t have those answers yet.”

Whipps-Lee opposes the pipeline, partly because of the nature of the land it would pass through.

“It’s ledgy and boney, the people up there are ledgy and boney too, and pretty tough,” says Whipps-Lee. “They’re not in favor of it. They’re not in favor of the plan at all.”

The winner of the primary will face Democratic incumbent Denise Andrews in November.

Candidate roundtables are part of a collaboration between The Republican newspaper, CBS3 and New England Public Radio.