As some of you already know, I am running for the Governor's Council seat in District 3 as an independent. The Governor's Council, also known as the Executive Council, of Massachusetts is a popularly-elected board which must give the governor advice and consent with respect to nominations of judicial officers, appointment and removal of notaries public and justices of the peace, and issuance of pardons and commutations.
If you didnt know this, you're not alone. Most people, even the most politically astute, dont know this. This is a huge problem. The current Governor's Council make absolutely no effort in outreach and trying to educate the "people" as to whats going on in the Governor's Council. They may talk about it with their friends, but not with the general public. This lack of communication leads to a lack of transparency, mistrust and eventually divisiveness. We're seeing it in the Governor's Council as we speak.
The Governor's Council is set up to be a "checks and balances" on the governor's recommendations. Over the years, the Governor's Council has been "rubberstamping" applicants. They have only rejected one applicant in the past two years, thats 80/81 applicants accepted, they need to do their due diligence on every candidate properly. Some positions are lifetime positions and can only be interviewed once, so the Governor's Council can't afford to make a mistake with those positions.
As an Independent, and an independent thinker, I promise to thoroughly interview and vet each judicial candidate vigorously and ask the right questions. After all, if we consent to the wrong candidates, it's likely that we would have more guilty people walking the streets and more innocent people in jail.