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Tom Hallahan

Thomas Hallahan is a candidate for Governor’s Council in the 1st District. Tom works as a tenured professor teaching courses in education policy and social justice. He also works as a policy consultant for the Department of Public Health and MassHealth. Tom has a long history of involvement with numerous non-profits doing work in the areas of youth engagement, substance abuse, mental health, AIDS, health care policy, equity/access to education and the arts. He serves on the board of directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of a number of NGOs doing work in the areas of inclusive education & disability rights in Cambodia and South Africa.

As we have done with a several other candidates, we conducted an email interview with Dr. Hallanan.

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Nick Iannuzzi

Nicholas Iannuzzi is running for the 3rd District of the Governor’s Council currently held by Marilyn Petito Devaney. Iannuzzi is running as an independent and hopes to be “a diligent and independent reviewer of the Governor’s recommendations.” Iannuzzi is has been a litigator in the area of family law, and touts his real world experience appearing before judges.

As we have done with a few other candidates, we conducted an email interview with Nick Iannuzzi.

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Francis Ford

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Francis Ford recently announced his intention to run for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council seat for the Seventh District.  Ford is an attorney at the law firm of Fletcher, Tilton, & Whipple.  He also serves as town moderator for the Town of Paxton.  He previously served four years as  Clerk of Courts and Magistrate for Worcester County; this website contains more biographical information.

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Jen Caissie

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Jennie L. Caissie announced her candidacy for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council seat for the Seventh District.   Caissie is an attorney with the Michael Caplette Law Office in Southbridge, MA. Caissie is also a part-time Special Prosecutor for the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office in Worcester County. This site contains more information about her.

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Oliver Cipollini

We’ve received this message from Oliver Cipollini, a candidate for the Governor’s Council First District:

Oliver P. Cipollini Jr. has announced his candidacy for the office of Governor’s Councillor for District One.

A native of Fall River, where he lived for about 36 years, Cipollini has lived for the past 22 years in Barnstable with his wife Sandra Piccole. He is a retired Clerk-Magistrate and a Systems Network Manager. Besides working with large budgets and diverse systems, he has worked with children and young adults in the juvenile court system, as a social worker and as a counselor at St. Vincent’s Home in Fall River.

Cipollini stresses his dedication to public service. “I seek to uphold the democratic process by becoming your representative on the Governor’s Council,” he says. “I promise to be your voice on the Council. I will welcome voter input in the issues which come before the Council.

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Patricia Mosca is one of the candidates running for Governor’s Council 1st District. This is one of the open seats, in this case vacated by long time councillor Carole Fiola. She joins a crowded field with 7 candidates at last count.

In our article about the current Governor’s Council candidates, we didn’t write much about her because our research did not turn up a lot of information. Ms. Mosca has written to give us more information about her candidacy. Her message to the blog is included below:

Hi, my name is Patricia Mosca and I am one of the candidates for Governor’s Council.

I decided to run for Governor’s Council when the incumbent dropped out of the race.  I do not have many $ nor do I have the name, as you mention is important.  But, I do have the experience.

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I had some comprehensive coverage of the Governor’s Council races in an earlier post and a number of candidates contacted us to help is improve the article.

I had questioned the viability of Steven Glovsky’s candidacy for Governor’s council given that he is going up against Kelly Timilty – who is the incumbent candidate and Robert Jubinville who ran for this position last cycle, and reportedly spent $100,000 and seems willing to spend heavily again this year.

Winning a Governor’s Council seat against an incumbent is notoriously hard. Last cycle there were challenges against 7 of 8 seats and not a single incumbent lost. The cycle before that 5 seats were challenged and again all incumbents won.

Conventional wisdom is that it takes a lot of money to reach such a large district, and these seats are fairly obscure, so they don’t generally attract the kinds of campaign contributions necessary to mount a strong challenge.

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Governor's Council Districts

This first question most people have is – what exactly is the Governor’s Council? Its most important function is to confirm judges. It’s really the only place where the public has a voice in the process. Some people argue that it’s an outdated institution that should be abolished. We disagree. The people should have a say in these lifetime appointments.

Sadly the Governor’s Council is a rubber stamp for the governor. Out of 23 nominations, all 23 were appointed. Only a few Councillors are independent.

This is going to be an interesting year for Governor’s Council because this year we have three Councillors retiring: Carole Fiola, Michael J. Callahan and Thomas J. Foley. Governor’s Council is an obscure position, it doesn’t pay much, $26,000, and it’s nearly impossible to unseat an incumbent Councillor.

There are only 8 districts, each being much larger than even a Senate district. So, running a campaign is notoriously hard. Last year 7 of 8 districts had challengers and all 8 incumbents were re-elected, including Kelly A. Timilty, who was accused of forging an endorsement from Gov. Deval L. Patrick on the eve of the primary. Because the districts are so large, either you have to have name recognition already, or you have to spend a fortune on advertising. Of the current 8 Councillors, three are from politically connected families with strong name recognition ( Timilty, Iannella, and Fiola ).

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