David Rosa

David Rosa is running for Congress. (Photo courtesy of Dave Rosa's Facebook page.)

DIGHTON — David Rosa says his campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III comes at a good time.

Campaigns in 2016 are based on social media, rather than expensive TV advertising, so it’s easier to take on an incumbent, he said.

The Dighton Republican said he has a “lively” Facebook page that helps him get the word out about his candidacy, in addition to his website.

Rosa, 62, married with two adult children, is a Dighton parks and recreation commission member, who says he is a retired Defense Department employee.

He started running for Congress four years ago as an independent, but stopped his campaign because of his job. He ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2014.

Now, he is back and taking on the incumbent Kennedy, D-Brookline.

Rosa said one of his greatest concerns is what he sees as a “mass migration of Muslims” to the United States.

A similar migration, including refugees from the war in Syria, has inserted a “hostile population” into Europe, and the same thing could happen in the United States, he said.

It is interesting, he said, that the Syrian refugees are not migrating to other Muslim countries.

He said he also wants the United States to secure its borders, strengthen the military and adopt term limits.

An Air Force and National Guard veteran, Rosa said he supports Republican Donald Trump for president, and believes Democrat Hillary Clinton would do great damage to the country.

In Kennedy, Rosa is taking on a well-financed, two-term incumbent who ran unopposed two years ago.

“Over two terms in office, Congressman Kennedy has worked tirelessly to serve the 4th District,” Kennedy spokeswoman Emily Kaufman said. “He looks forward to continuing to earn the trust and support of his constituents in the months to come.”

The heavily Democratic Fourth Congressional District they are running in includes the entire Attleboro area, and runs from the South Coast to Newton.

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