Lt. Governor Candidate Mike Lake Calls for State Government to Buy Locally Sourced Wood

(Williamsburg, MA- December 14, 2013): Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Mike Lake, a Clinton White House appointee and President and CEO of Leading Cities, toured Lashway Lumber during a visit to Williamsburg on Friday, December 13th.

Lake’s tour was led by co-owner of Lashway Lumber, Larry Lashway, and was joined by President of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance Board of Directors Dicken Crane and its executive director, Jeff Hutchins.

Earlier this year, while campaigning in Western Massachusetts, Lake met Mr. Hutchins at the Big E, the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard. It was at that time that Mr. Hutchins explained the challenges of the lumber industry in the Commonwealth and that three more saw mills shut down this year.

“Only 2% of all wood products used in Massachusetts are locally sourced, which means state government can lead by example – it can preserve jobs and rural economies by committing to purchase comparably priced local wood rather than importing. Not only does this support our Commonwealth’s economy, but it reduces the environmental impacts of shipping wood into Massachusetts,” said Lake.

The visit follows shortly after former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’ official endorsement of Lake on Wednesday night to a packed crowd of hundreds at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations and is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development. Lake’s vision for the Lt. Governor’s office involves working to realize what he calls the Massachusetts Promise, “a promise of opportunity that comes with High-Quality Education, Job Creation, and Strong Communities.”

More info on Lake and the campaign can be found at http://www.ElectMikeLake.com.


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