#minorsextrafficking | Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette GOP challenger US Rep. Jim McGovern

SHREWSBURY — A Republican candidate looking to challenge Rep. James P. McGovern said that opposition to human trafficking, the national debt and states rights are key to his campaign. 

Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette, 51, of Shrewsbury wants to unseat McGovern, a Worcester Democrat and 24-year incumbent, whom Sossa-Paquette called “the ultimate insider” for his long career in Washington, D.C. 

At his recently opened campaign office in Shrewsbury, Sossa-Paquette said he is not coming to the race as a seasoned politician and emphasized how his personal and professional life have informed the core tenets of his campaign. 

“What got me into politics really started at looking at what our children’s futures are. I’ve got 10 years between my two kids, my daughter is 20 years old and my son is 10. And when we’re making decisions on what their future looks like, I said, ‘This is crazy,’ ” Sossa-Paquette said. “Instead of worrying about our retirements and things like that, we’re trying to put money aside so we can buy their homes now.”

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