The following release was sent out by Steve Aylwards campaign:
Steve Aylward wishes to announce that he is hosting a Campaign Kick Off and Fundraiser to be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, starting at 6 p.m. at Conley's Pub, 164 Belmont St., Watertown.
Come on out and help Steve Aylward kick off his campaign for Republican State Committeeman for Second Suffolk and Middlesex (Watertown, Belmont, Brighton, Back Bay, and the Fenway). Steve wants to re-energize the Massachusetts Republican Party from the grass roots up. He needs our help to do it.
Bill Hudak, a conservative Republican candidate for congress in the Massachusetts Sixth District will be the guest speaker at the event. Bill attended Boston College Law School and currently lives in Boxboro, with his lovely wife Angela Hudak.
Steve is running against an incumbent (Robert Semonian of Watertown) who was first elected to this office in 1972. Although a very nice man, he's become a part of a political apparatus that stood by and did nothing as party enrollment dwindled to a meager 11 percent. Steve is running because for years he's heard candidates and rank and file Republicans make statements such as: "The State Committee routinely meets in lavish settings. Yet when it comes to providing financial support for bright young energetic candidates running for local office, there are never any funds available."
As State Committeeman Steve's mission will be to reenergize the State GOP. He has a long-term plan to organize a concerted effort that will end one party rule in Massachusetts. This plan starts by standing and fighting for the conservative values and principles that the Republican Party has been historically known for. Among these are God, Country, Family, and our Free Market System, which affords every person the opportunity and freedom to follow his or her own road to success. While we all recognize that any political party has wide range of divergent opinions, we also know that for a party to survive it can't abandon its core beliefs. That's why our job as Republicans is to fight for our principles in the arena of ideas. If we are true to ourselves, we will prevail in this effort because conservative proposals and values have proven time and time again to be better and work better.