The Democratic Ticket
Tuesday November 4th 2014
At Franklin High School
The Democratic Ticket:
US Senator - Ed Markey
Senator Ed Markey is a passionate voice for the families and future of Massachusetts. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 as one of its youngest members, Ed has built a powerful, progressive legislative record in Congress by standing up for families, fighting the special interests and making an important difference for people in Massachusetts and our country. Now Ed continues his prolific legislative efforts and strong advocacy in the U.S. Senate since winning the special election held on June 25th, 2013 to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by John F. Kerry, who is now serving as Secretary of the U.S. Department of State.
In the Senate, Ed is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps. In addition, Ed serves on the U.S. Senate Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In recognition of his national leadership on environmental issues, Ed was named Chair of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse. Having served with more than 50 current Senators when they were in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ed has a strong bipartisan network of relationships that fuels his ability to get things done for his constituents.
Throughout his career, Ed has stood up for Massachusetts, doing what’s right for the people he represents. He is a prolific legislator and has a proven record of working in a bipartisan manner. Ed brings passion and energy to take on the most important issues facing Massachusetts families and our country.
Ed is from Malden, Massachusetts. His father drove a truck for the Hood Milk Company and worked his way up to supervisor. His mother graduated first in her high school class, but left school to care for her sisters after their mother’s death. On Townsend Street in Malden, Ed’s mother and father taught him the values that still guide him today: fairness, honesty, integrity, and giving back to your community and country.
Ed graduated from Malden Catholic High School. He was the first in his family to go to college and worked his way through Boston College driving an ice cream truck. He then graduated Boston College Law School and served in the Massachusetts State Legislature for two terms until he was elected to Congress in 1976. Ed is the recipient of numerous awards including honorary doctorates for his important contributions to improving the lives of people in Massachusetts and America.
Ed is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal. Devoted to the Pats, Sox, Celtics and Bruins, with an accent that’s hard to miss, Ed Markey is Massachusetts through and through.
Governor - Martha Coakley
A native of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts, Martha has charted a career as a distinguished prosecutor before serving as Middlesex District Attorney and now as the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General. She is a voice for fairness for those who need it most, and brings people together to drive innovative solutions to our biggest challenges.
Martha has successfully prosecuted some of the Commonwealth’s most dangerous criminals and brought landmark cases to protect consumers, taxpayers, civil rights, and the environment.
Martha has been a national leader in addressing the economic crisis by holding big banks accountable and keeping people in their homes, protected civil rights as the first Attorney General to successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, tackled fraud and corruption, championed major initiatives to address the costs of health care and energy, and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars back for the Commonwealth's taxpayers. Martha is a passionate advocate for public safety, bringing justice to victims of crime and their families while implementing innovative prevention programs in our schools and communities.
Martha was born and raised in North Adams. Her father was a World War II and Korean War veteran and a small business owner. Her mother was a homemaker raising five children. Martha was part of the first female class to attend Williams College, and received her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Martha lives in Medford with her husband, retired police Deputy Superintendent Thomas F. O’Connor, Jr., and their Labradors, Jackson and Jefferson.
Lieutenant Governor - Steve Kerrigan
Steve Kerrigan has been a leader in Massachusetts government and charities for nearly two decades. He has served as an appointed and elected leader in his hometown of Lancaster, a loyal and spirited public servant to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Attorney General Tom Reilly and, through two campaigns, served in senior roles for President Barack Obama.
Steve was most recently a co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a post President Obama asked him to fill after a two-year stint as CEO for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee – leading the most successful Presidential nominating convention ever.
Here at home, Steve serves as the President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, programs and services to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts who have fallen in service to the United States since September 11, 2001.
As chief of staff to Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Steve helped set the agenda for the largest public law office in New England. Steve served as a top adviser to Reilly on all issues and with oversight of more than 440 employees and a $30 million budget.
Prior to that, Steve was chief of staff and senior advisor to Boston 2004, Inc., where he worked closely with Mayor Menino, federal and state officials, private corporations and community groups to put on the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
For more than a decade, Kerrigan was a trusted advisor and aide to Senator Ted Kennedy. In various roles as his political director, Massachusetts policy director and director of scheduling and advance, Steve advised the Senator on most all federal, state and political matters.
Steve has also been a Selectmen in Lancaster, a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund Board of Directors, a community advisor to the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and currently serves on the Board of Visitors for New England Baptist Hospital and as co-chair of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Attorney General - Maura Healey
Maura Healey has spent years fighting for justice and equal rights, and she has delivered.
Her leadership experience, independent vision, and background as both a civil rights attorney and a prosecutor make her uniquely qualified to be our next Attorney General.
For seven years, Maura helped lead the Attorney General’s Office, ultimately overseeing more than half of the office’s 500 employees. She began as Chief of the Civil Rights Division and went on to direct two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau. She knows firsthand how important the Attorney General's work is for Massachusetts families and businesses.
Earlier in her career, Maura was a prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms. Proving that height is only a number, Maura also spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team.
At the Attorney General’s Office, Maura won victories for Massachusetts families that resonated across the country. She led the nation’s first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that discriminated against same-sex married couples. She took on subprime lenders, recovering millions on behalf of Massachusetts homeowners. She oversaw the groundbreaking HomeCorps program, which was created to stop unnecessary foreclosures and keep Massachusetts families in their homes. She defended the Massachusetts Buffer Zone law and protected women’s access to reproductive health care. She trained law enforcement on preventing hate crimes and led the Attorney General’s efforts to address bullying in schools. She achieved breakthrough settlements to ensure that new technologies were accessible to people with disabilities.
She will be ready to lead the Attorney General’s Office on day one.
Maura is the oldest of five children. Her mother was a school nurse, her father a captain in the Navy and an engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached high school sports. Maura’s family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore, where her grandfathers worked on the fishing docks of Gloucester, at the post office, and in the General Electric factory.
From her parents and grandparents, Maura learned the value of hard work, discipline, and an education. After graduating from public high school, Maura left her small town to attend Harvard College, where she majored in government and was the captain of the basketball team. After two years as a starting point guard for a professional basketball team in Austria, Maura returned to Massachusetts to attend law school at Northeastern University.
Maura lives in Charlestown with her partner.