Erin Calvo-Bacci In the News


Jason Lewis Owes Erin Calvo-Bacci and Her Family an Apology

I am all for spirited debate, and much of last night's debate between Jason Lewis and Erin Calvo-Bacci, both running for State Senate, was truly outstanding, informative, and thoughtful. It was of the quality and substance I would expect from up-ballot candidates. 

However, I found Jason Lewis' personal attack on Calvo-Bacci’s family business appalling.

Attack a candidate on their record, attack them on their positions, attack them on their statements... this is to be expected in today’s political climate and in Massachusetts’ history of robust debates. But to make statements designed to hurt a small business that a family has worked hard to build is uncalled for — and completely inappropriate.

Jason Lewis insinuated that Calvo-Bacci’s chocolate business was unhygienic, with workers coughing and sneezing into the production line, simply because she has different ideas on how to make health care affordable. If Lewis truly had a sensible answer to this question, he would have presented it. Instead, he attacked the Calvo-Bacci family, their employees and their business. This was completely out of line.

I also couldn't help but feel that Lewis was “ticking progressive boxes” when it came to his debate answers. 

While accusing Calvo-Bacci of using “dog whistles” aimed at “the Right,” his own overly-long impassioned plea for respect for LGBT people made any expression from Calvo-Bacci of the same support for this minority community seem lesser by comparison, when this simply doesn’t seem to be the case. 

Lewis made Calvo Bacci’s call for more education of the Bathroom Bill seem like a denial from her on the dignity owed to all people; an unfair — although often-used — tactic designed to stir the pot instead of discuss an issue.

Last night I watched a businesswoman stand up to someone I would term a bully, and my heart was filled with hope. I saw a businesswoman and devoted wife and mother who repeatedly spoke in a language the average, hard-working men and women of this Commonwealth can understand. I saw an employer that is so responsible, she's paid her employees sick-time pay from her own pockets before it was mandated  and sees that workers are always compensated before she is. 

I have no doubt, after watching this debate, that she truly has the skill and grit to bring stakeholders together to benefit all citizens.

I will cast my vote for Erin Calvo-Bacci on November 6, and I hope you join me.

Deirdre Reilly

Reading, MA 

Beacon Hill Needs Leaders Who Lean In 

The following was written by Tiffany Kirk, Reading, MA

This fall the 5th Middlesex District will have a chance to vote for a leader who leans in by voting for Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate. Erin lives the challenges hard working families face every day as a wife, mother and small business owner. Erin Calvo-Bacci is the only candidate who has been an active voice working as a small business owner and mother to find the best solution for all. As a grassroots advocate she worked with the National Retail Federation to defeat Trump's Border Adjustment Tax which would have been a $5 trillion tax hike on consumers placing a larger burden on hardworking families.

Erin knows firsthand the unintended consequences of "feel good legislation" such as increasing the minimum wage without a student wage hurt access to low skilled first time jobs. She and her husband Carlo Bacci through their small family business have worked closely to give their employees opportunities and helped them by going above and beyond. Employees are an extension of their family and they treat them as such. I have been very fortunate as someone who has worked for the Bacci family. When I began working for Erin Calvo-Bacci, I was only 15 years old and going into my sophomore year of high school. Today I am a recent college graduate waiting to hear back from graduate school. Many of the skills I used to get through my undergraduate studies, I learned from Erin. When I was working for her at The Chocolate Truffle (which I did for many years even well into college) it was always more than just a customer service job; she really cared about me as an individual and accepted me as a part of her family. Every day after school when I would go to work, I knew that there would always be a new learning experience. I also felt like I could go there as a place to escape home and everyday life and really just have someone to talk to and learn from. She taught me many things about community involvement and the importance of local government by including me in not just a few but ALL things she did for the community. I truly learned from her how to have a professional and political conversation with adults. Once again this was at just the age of 15, when I was learning the importance of education, community and the well being of our society. Today as a 23 year old that is about to be a part of the working class, I know how important it is to have someone who has been in our shoes to represent our voice in state senate. Erin and her family will always be a part of my life and my upbringing and I am very thankful for that.

The 5th Middlesex district needs legislation with representation which is why I'm proud to vote for Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate and I encourage you to vote for her too.

Tiffany Kirk

Reading, MA

Common Sense and Caution are Needed to Lead the Commonwealth not Gamblers

Reading, July 23, 2018-Patch- The budget finally passed, 18 days past the deadline. For the parents following at home can you imagine what happens when you file a financial aid form late? Of course there aren't any penalties for the state, but it does create a delay with tackling major bills. These people work fulltime on Beacon Hill. Why do the Massachusetts legislatures  go up to the budget deadline and then typically go over? According to Michael P. Norton, State House News Service "Forty-six states will begin fiscal year 2019 on July 1, 2018, while New York began its fiscal year on April 1, Texas begins its fiscal year on Sept. 1 and Alabama and Michigan begin theirs on Oct. 1, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. As of June 15, 40 states have enacted budgets for fiscal 2019, including 16 states that enacted a two-year budget during their 2017 sessions."  My father always taught me haste makes waste and they are wasting taxpayers time and money, a $5 billion interim budget to be precise and advances of local aid to communities that can demonstrate an emergency cash shortfall. 

Now it's passed and the budget keeps daily fantasy betting legal in Massachusetts which makes sense since certain legislators are gambling that the capital gains windfall will be ongoing, just like they bet on a ballot initiative to impose a surtax on income over a million dollars and dedicate the money to transportation and education, which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the ballot was unconstitutional. I'm a business owner which often assumes I'm a risk taker. I'm financially conservative and I am not a gambler. I will bring to Beacon Hill the same common sense and financial expertise and optimism which made my company a national brand, I will not gamble the tax payers hard earn dollars. 

About Erin Calvo-Bacci is the owner of Bacci Chocolate Design in Swampscott which she operates with her husband Carlo Bacci and she is a candidate for State Senate in the 5th Middlesex District. She and Carlo live in Reading with their three daughters. 

Common Sense for the Commonwealth

We need cooperation between our Police and Federal Law Enforcement  for the safety of our communities. 

Reading, MA June 21, 2018-Patch

Massachusetts wasn’t the last state to pass human trafficking laws, but we were close. The Commonwealth was the 48th state to enact laws allowing law enforcement to target those who profit from controlling and exploiting others in the sex trade; commonly young women, teenagers and children. Last week we learned that a Stoneham massage parlor was part of a sex trafficking operation run by a man from Quincy. His arrest and pending trial will undoubtedly bring many disturbing details of the ordeal these women endured, to light.

A key factor in stopping criminal enterprise is cooperation with federal law enforcement. With this in mind, I was shocked by some of the language included in our state budget bill currently working its way to the Governor’s desk. Our State Senate approved an amendment in May that would have prohibited cooperation between our Police and Federal Law Enforcement. This sets an enormously dangerous precedent that was overlooked amidst the glee in opposing the White House.

I understand the frustration and anger with the horror show going on at the US–Mexican border, as a parent and simply as a human being. Politics have become so caustic that I often have to force myself to open the paper in the morning. However, as law makers, voters and citizens of Massachusetts we have to stop, think and rise above the partisanship before we do something we might regret. If we need to change laws, then we change them: but we must never create an adversarial relationship between local and federal law enforcement. It puts our men and women in blue at risk, and makes it harder to save our young people from scourges such as drugs and human trafficking.

I know it’s ugly on the airwaves, but we are better than this. We do not have to succumb to the negativity and the animosity we see at the federal level. I am running to help restore statesmanship to Beacon Hill. I don’t agree with Democrats all the time, nor do I always agree with Republicans; but I think we can all agree that a return to professionalism would be a welcome change. I’m Erin Calvo-Bacci, and I am running for State Senate.

Chad Smith Joins Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate Campaign Chad Smith will manage the Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate Campaign 

READING, Mass. - June 1, 2018 - PRLog -- The Committee to Elect Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate announced today Chad Smith is joining the campaign in the role as manager. Smith is a former resident of Reading and a native of Middlesex County. A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Chad received the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spending much of his career connecting government and our Oceans, Chad has been a leader on the 2010 BP Oil Spill and recently at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A former Town Meeting Member in Reading and a current Conservation Commissioner on Cape Cod, Chad joins the Erin Calvo-Bacci campaign with excitement and enthusiasm. Calvo-Bacci officially kicked off her campaign May 23, 2018 at the Crystal Community Club in Wakefield. Erin Calvo-Bacci is the Republican Candidate for State Senate in the 5th Middlesex District. She owns the chocolate manufacturer CB Stuffer which she operates with her husband Carlo. She is a member of the Retail Association of Massachusetts and serves on their legislative committee. She was recently named Business Woman of the Year and was awarded by the National Retail Federation America's Retail Champion for her grassroots advocacy. Erin and Carlo live in Reading with their three daughters. For more information go to 

Reading Resident and Small Business Owner Erin Calvo-Bacci is Campaigning for State Senate The former owner of The Chocolate Truffle and elected town meeting member Erin Calvo-Bacci wants to bring common sense to the State Senate and will launch her campaign in Wakefield on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at the Crystal Community Club. 

READING, Mass. - May 21, 2018 - PRLog -- Erin Calvo-Bacci is a small business owner and advocate, an elected Town Meeting Member serving since 2011, a wife and a mother to three girls in the Reading Public Schools.  She's a longtime advocate of  common sense public policy. Appointed to the Reading Historical Commission's Working Group, she worked to make Reading the first community in the commonwealth to add an appeal to the bylaw balancing Reading's effort to protect  historic structures with the rights of private owners. The small business owner and retail advocate understands the everyday challenges business owners face. She had grown her Main Street chocolate retail shop to three stores before scaling back and then selling off the retail division in 2015. She re-branded her chocolate manufacturer Bacci Chocolate Design to CB Stuffer and launched an online retail store to control increasing business costs. Calvo-Bacci is the recent recipient of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the year award and was awarded America's Retail Champion of the Year in 2015 by the National Retail Federation for her advocacy in both Washington D.C. and in Massachusetts on behalf of the industry. Last year she worked on a grassroots campaign to defeat the Border Adjustment Tax which would have created a costly burden to the already stretched thin working families and businesses through an increase in the cost of imported goods like produce. A current board member of the Retail Association of Massachusetts and serving on their Legislative Committee she is witnessing the growing frustration small business owners and working families "Over the years, we have seen fewer small business owners serving in the Legislature.  That's a problem as we seek public policy balance, and support for promoting, protecting and preserving our Main Streets.  Erin has been an employer and a champion for small businesses for many years, and I know her voice on Beacon Hill would be very important for her communities, and for the entire Commonwealth," stated Jon Hurst, President of the Retail Association of Massachusetts. For more information about Erin Calvo-Bacci for State Senate and to donate to her campaign visit 



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