A Natick Republican who has spent time working in Iraq and Afghanistan is launching a bid to win the 5th Middlesex District state House of Representatives seat.
Doug Grindle announced this week he is running for the seat, which is currently held by Natick Democrat David Linsky and covers all or part of Natick, Sherborn and Millis.
Grindle said he does not want to look back in a couple of decades and realize he missed an opportunity to make a difference.
Grindle said if elected he hopes to work on increasing the number of jobs and growing the economy.
"Seeing the national unemployment rate coming down below that of Massachusetts is troubling," he said.
He said he would work to ensure Natick, Sherborn and Millis receive adequate state aid to support the talented workers and officials leading those towns and focus on constituent services.
Grindle said businesses should not be overburdened by taxes or regulations.
"The best way to increase revenue in the state is to grow the economy," he said. "We have to keep in mind that raising taxes in order to increase revenue is often times the least efficient way of doing it."
Grindle, who grew up in Sherborn and came back to the district last year after spending time as a war reporter and federal employee overseas, hopes to also focus on the environment, including preserving open space and reducing waste. He said he would like to enhance the green technology industry.
Linsky, meanwhile, said he plans to seek a ninth term on Beacon Hill and will make a formal announcement soon.
He said priorities if re-elected include fostering a strong economy and good public schools and providing excellent constituent services.
"I look forward to going out and hearing the concerns of the people of Natick, Sherborn and Millis," Linsky said.
State primaries will be held Sept. 9; the general election is Nov. 4.
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