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Charlie Shapiro: Democrat for Governor's Council on Sept. 6

Shapiro will bring a fresh, well grounded, and respectful perspective to the Governor's Council.

It’s an honor to run for the office of Governor's Councilor. I enjoyed my service on the Newton Board of Aldermen and am proud of the work and the accomplishments made while in office, in particular the public safety aspects of the position and my involvement with Silver Alert program to help keep those with Alzheimer’s safer. With the encouragement of many local and now regional supporters, running for Governor’s Council is an opportunity to continue public service in an area which also relates to public safety.

Few people have any real understanding of the position of Governor's Councilor. Some have called it "one of the most important positions no one has ever heard of."

Governor's Councilor is the only citizen input opportunity for the Governor’s judicial and other nominations. It has a direct daily impact on each of our lives. This is the chance to bring significant transparency to this important element of our government, as well as elevate the level of civility and respect towards judicial and other nominees who wish to serve the public. 

I encourage voters to research the Governors Council. Watertown is very familiar with the incumbent Councilor Ms. Devaney, whom I respect for her many years in elected office. 

However, I believe we need change on the Governor's Council. Those voting on lifetime appointments, should not themselves feel entitled to be in such a position for life. I will bring a fresh, well grounded, and respectful perspective to the position. I think independently and am not an attorney. For me, this is about public service and not ego or professional benefits. 

If you agree a change would benefit voters, please join with us in our efforts to help make that change. 

I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and I’m asking for your support and for your vote on THURSDAY Sept 6.

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PREDATOR June 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
While most posters here have wandered way off topic has any one noticed that Charlie has not answered a single question. I have. But I guess that's what zealots do...notice facts.
Melanie Graham June 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hi Harriet -- We are glad to hear that you enjoy this blog and we are hoping more people will look forward to the posts here. However, please keep in mind that we don't want to focus the conversation on the commenters themselves. Instead, please keep your comments focused on the topic of the blog post itself and the political discussion Charlie has started. Thank you.
x June 22, 2012 at 07:18 AM
"Seventy-eight percent of statistics are made up." Alden, most conservatives aren't hung up on weapons of mass destruction or birth certificates. They are concerned about the massive spending ramp begun by Bush and vastly accelerated by Obama - hence the spontaneous Tea Party movement. A more provocative question might be, "What role did affirmative action play in the advancement of Barack Obama and Deval Patrick?" In any case, we've ended up with a weak President and a weak Governor... something the Governor's Council might influence. If any group has been 'hermetically sealed off' it would be Massachusetts liberals. Several generations have been hypnotized under the thrall of the Dukakis, Kennedy, Frank, Kerry and the unions. For the new world dawning, examine Wisconsin, Indiana and New Jersey under Walker, Daniels and Christie. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Wendy Schapiro June 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hey gang- Just a freelancer and Newton resident here, but I must echo my excellent editor's excellent suggestion that we stay on topic. Perhaps Charlie (no relation, btw- he lacks my 'c') has chosen not to comment because the topics that are being discussed currently have absolutely nothing to do with the Governor's Council? If you (the royal you- not any you in particular) are interested in hearing his thoughts, a productive approach might be to bring up issues that actually pertain to the role of the Council, what Charlie sees as his potential strengths on said Council and how our area can be well represented on the Council. Just some suggestions...
Kasey Hariman June 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Charlie, I noticed that you mentioned that the Governor's Council relates to public safety. Can you elaborate on how it relates to public safety and what related skills and experience you bring to the table? Thanks!

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