Jeff Sanchez represents Jamaica Plain in the Massachusetts House. He is also chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which puts him in a very influential position to push legislation out for vote. And, while he has progressive credentials, he has acted in more moderate fashion. Case in point is energy, where the House just passed a few very lukewarm bills, but nothing as transformational as Senate passed.
Today, I attended a town hall with Rep. Sanchez. Actually, Sanchez couldn’t make it, but his policy director came in his stead. (I suspect the only reason he agreed to this town hall is that he is actually facing a primary challenge.) The town hall was hosted by the Better Futures Project/350 Mass, and they had some pointed questions for the Representative. Nothing of substance emerged from his policy director, which was very disappointing, but the message that so many constituents care about climate certainly came across.