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McLaughlin announces candidacy

A former commercial aviator, McLaughlin now works for Citizens Bank. He and his wife Maggie, who works as a teacher, reside in Melrose with their two sons.

McLaughlin said if he had to vote on the recent controversial extender bill that included furloughs to state workers, he would likely have cast a "no" vote, like Gordon did. The two expressed similar thoughts about the latest crisis in state finances, saying government payroll should be culled from the top down.

"The state work force needs to shrink. It is far, far too large," McLaughlin said. "However, I do not want to see people making $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 a year, thrown out on the street."

"I had several major concerns with the furloughs," said Gordon. "That it essentially targeted some workers who were making $27,000 or $30,000 a year, while the state continues to use a number of rather high priced consultants who were not being furloughed."

As of the most recent count, voter registration in the 108th was roughly split between Democrats and Republicans, at just over 25,000 voters each. About as many have no affiliation, and nearly 10,000 others are registered in a third party.""

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