Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Marilyn Pettito Devaney won with 75 percent of the vote in the district that covers more than 30 communities.
[Results updated at 9:35 a.m. on Nov. 7] Voters returned Watertown’s Marilyn Pettito Devaney to an eighth term on the Governor’s Council, Tuesday, supporting her by a wide margin in the race against Newton’s Thomas Sheff. With 95 percent of the 270 precincts counted, Pettito Devaney received nearly 74percent of the votes, according to results collected by Patch and Boston.com. Pettito Devaney, a former Watertown Town Councilor, received 230,222 votes, and Sheff, who had run for mayor in Newton in 2005, received 80,891 votes. Pettito Devaney defeated two challengers in the Democratic primary in September before facing Sheff, who ran as an un-enrolled candidate. The Third District of the Governor’s Council includes 32 communities, from …
Monday, September 10, 2012
The board that advises the governor on his or her appointments has been a source of embarrassment, the Boston Globe writes in an editorial, and the board has little function.
A few days after the primary selected the candidates who will face off for the Governor's Council, the Boston Globe ran an editorial calling for the end of the board that advises the governor on selections for judgeships, parole board and other posts. The council predates the United States, having been set up by King Charles I of England. The editorial suggests that the Governor's Council no longer serves a necessary purpose and has had a negative effect, "... thanks to a few councilors whose clownish antics have been an embarrassment to the state ..." The Globe also maintains that the council process has deterred qualified candidates from seeking to become a judge, clerk or another appointed seat. Members of the Council would maintain …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Candidates for Governor's Council described their relevant experience and showed where they stand on judicial issues.
Four Democratic candidates for Governor's Council squared off in a debate at Natick's Morse Institute Library Wednesday, Aug. 8. The Governor's Council is one of the state's oldest elected boards. It acts to appoint a range of Massachusetts officials including judges, parole board members and justices of the peace. The council advises the Governor on issuing pardons and communications. Here are the details on what the four candidates said during the debate: Bart Timilty Timilty's sister, Kelly, served on the Governor's council for 18 years before her death in January. "I witnessed the dedication and joy she got out of being on the Governor's Council," Timilty said. During the debate, he advocated for the increased use of prisons to …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Democratic candidates for Governor's Council will head to the Morse Institute Library on Wednesday.
The Morse Institute Library and the Natick Democratic Town Committee will host a debate on Wednesday between Democratic candidates for the Governor's Council in the second district. The candidates – Brian Clinton, Robert Jubinville, Patrick McCabe, and Bart Timilty – will debate at a 7 p.m. event that is open to all. The eight-person Governor's Council is the oldest elected body in Massachusetts, predating its statehood. The primary responsibility of the council is to consider the Governor's judicial nominees. “We are proud to host this important debate,” Natick Democratic Town Committee Chair Dylan Hayre said in a press release. “Voters should make an informed vote at the primary on Sept. 6 and at the general election on Nov. 6.” The …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Watertown's Marilyn Petitto Devaney seeks an eighth term on the Governor's Council.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Dear Friends, I am Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, and very honored to serve as your Governor’s Councillor, (District 3). I respectfully ask for your continued support by your vote on Election Day Thursday, Sept. 6. Re: Personal Information: I have four children and three grandchildren. I was married to the late John “Jack” Devaney, a Watertown Firefighter, U.S. Marine, who supported me in everything I pursued. Working together, without personal financial resources. I began as a freshman in college with four children and a great, supportive husband (ABA - Middlesex Community College, BS - Suffolk University, Masters - Boston State College.) I served as youngest Watertown Town Meeting member and when changed to a City; elected as Watertown’s …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Clinton, is Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo's longtime chief of staff, and wants to replace the late Kelly Timilty.
Brian Clinton says that if elected as the Governor's Councilor for District 2 of Massachusetts, he will resign his position as the chief of staff for Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo. The Governor's Council consists of eight districts and eight councilors, who make $26,025 a year. The Second Councillor District (double 'l' on the Commonwealth's website) represents 39 cities and towns throughout five counties, including Wellesley. "Should I earn this, I would leave Councilor Consalvo’s office after the New Year. I know what the public thinks, and you never want a perception that you are double-dipping. I'd be honored to stay home and raise my two daughters," said Clinton, a lifelong Hyde Park resident. The election is to replace the late …