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Vote Sheff for Governor's Council on November 6

Vote for an independent thinker, vote Sheff on November 6.

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. 

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Tom Sheff June 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Hi Earnhardt, Thank you very much. As far as how long would I serve, it's 2 year terms and I have no intention to stay for over 10 years (5 terms). I dont believe public service should be a lifetime position, I am willing to make way for new ideas and new people for the good of the Council. I also believe that if I can't get done what I want to get done in 10 tears, I probably will never accomplish it. Last thing, I understand you're frustration on the lack of change in the Council. As far as I know, no one has ever made change from the sidelines...you can only affect the game if you play and thats all I ask from the voters is to allow me to play so I can attempt to make some reforms/improvements. Earnhardt, I hope one day we can sitdown and talk.
Earnhardt June 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Hey Tom. look me up after you get in. I will gladly sit down with you. Meanwhile, Just do the best job you can OK?
Tom Sheff June 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hi Earnhardt, No problem. What you can do for me is to spread the word. Thanks.
arnold June 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The Council is the ONLY check . we the citizens have on a hack political system. Once the Governor appointee gets past this single check point its history another hack gets lifetime tenure, and with the exception of just one member of the Council its presently controlled by hacks who simply rubber stamp the Governor's appointees. If we don't get some independent members NOW we're doomed for many years to come.
Tom Sheff June 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Arnold, We are totally in agreement.

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