Thank you for the opportunity to represent the Massachusetts Republican Party on the ballot this November. It is my honor to be your nominee for Secretary of State.
This is a humbling experience and I want to take a moment to thank my Wife Lisa, my family and friends for their support.
With everyone working together I am confident that we can finally retire Bill Galvin from public office. Some people think running against a guy with over two decades of service is challenging… well, me too. But in my life I have faced challenges that make this race look like easy.
We all know that running as a Republican in Massachusetts is tough to do. But, believe me, being diagnosed with a rare eye disease that has left me legally blind since a young age is even tougher.
At an early age I was forced to deal with adversity. And I am thankful that my and family and friends never allowed me to use my blindness as a crutch. Those experiences made me who I am today… and I am proud of it and better for it. These experiences helped instill in me the ideals of self-reliance and the skills of working with others to solve complex problems.
I have been elected Councilor At-Large, twice, in the City of Malden, a place where only 6% of the voters are registered Republicans. That’s low by even Massachusetts standards. I have been elected to serve the voters of Malden to do what’s right and hold government accountable.
As you can see, I am not a typical politician. Believe me, if I was a typical politician I would have never been elected in the first place.
Over my career, I have worked hard to build a small business for my family and I have served as an election officer to ensure the integrity of the election process.
I have worked with three Governors and hope to make it four when Charlie Baker is elected our next Governor this November!
We also need to lower the cost of doing business in Massachusetts to bring jobs back to our state.
I bet a lot of you didn’t know that the Secretary of State’s office sets the fees for anyone looking to do business in Massachusetts.
And I am sure you wouldn’t be shocked to learn that there are 40 pages of fees that keep increasing and increasing, year after year.
Here’s another thing that you may not know and something we should not be proud of. Recently Massachusetts was given a grade of "F" when it comes to transparency. That’s worse than even New Jersey.
Come on Bill Galvin, that’s just embarrassing.
When I have the honor of being your Secretary of State, I will fight to make state government open, transparent and accountable to you….the taxpayers and citizens of this great Commonwealth.
I am running to bring a fresh and positive perspective to the Secretary of State’s office.
Under my leadership we will increase voter participation through electronic voting, mail-in-balloting and making it easier for people to register to vote in the first place.
And for goodness sakes, I will ensure that we count every ballot from our brave men and women that are serving overseas.
Editors Note: The transparency grade referenced in the above comments was from a National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) report, according to the D’Arcangelo campaign.