Q&A: Dr. Robbie Goldstein, Congressional Candidate, Wants to Address Healthcare, Climate Change, and Transportation

Democrat and Boston resident Robbie Goldstein is challenging U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, and answered why he thinks 8th District residents should vote for him, how being a doctor will make him a good congressman, and more. The 8th Congressional District part of Jamaica Plain and includes two precincts in Raynham, Avon, Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Holbrook, precincts in Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood, Weymouth, Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Easter Bridgewater, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, West Bridgewater and Whitman. 

Part of the 7th Congressional District is also in Jamaica Plain and is represented by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Goldstein lives in Fort Point with his husband Ryan. Q: Why did you decide to run for the 8th District Congressional seat? Goldstein: My parents taught me from an early age the importance of caring for your community.

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Residents Telling Congressman Lynch to Close Detention Camps

Local grassroots organization JP Progressives will be visiting Congressman Stephen Lynch's Boston office on July 25 to specifically ask him to close the immigrant detention camps on the southern border. "We are joining with other constituents in the district and hope to actually speak with Representative Lynch," said Anne Rousseau, co-chair of the JP Progressives. "The conditions at the detention camps are unacceptable and that has to change," said Molly Rose Tarpey, Director of Communications for Congressman Lynch, to Jamaica Plain News. "He believes that anyone in U.S. custody must be treated humanely and with dignity. In addition, the asylum cases need to be adjudicated expeditiously."

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Videos: Lynch, Pressley Go After Trump Foundation, GOP at Michael Cohen Hearings

Jamaica Plain's two Congressional representatives had five minutes each to ask Michael Cohen anything about his former client President Donald Trump. In those five minutes, Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Lynch, excoriated the Trump Foundation, Congressional Republicans and dug into alleged illegal activities. Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, voluntarily testified publicly at the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform on February 27. Cohen continued to testify behind closed doors on Feb. 28, and is scheduled to appear again on March 6.

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Jamaica Plain Doctor Mohammad Dar Running for Congress Against Lynch

Jamaica Plain's Mohammad Dar, who most recently practiced internal medicine at the VA hospitals in Brockton and West Roxbury, is running as a Democratic Party candidate for the 8th Congressional District in 2020. Dar would face incumbent Rep. Stephen Lynch, if Lynch chooses to run again. “It is time for change. We need more than incremental change. We need bravery in our politics.

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