Experience: I bring my experience and performance in serving as a governor's councilor for nearly 14 years. I kept my word to the people when I pledged that I would make major positive changes to the Governor's Council. Here are a few of the changes:
1. Changed the egregious practice, ongoing for decades, where councilors were accepting political contributions from the nominees they were voting on (at the time a nominee was applying and right up to the vote), as well as from the governor and lieutenant governor.
RESULT: Successfully requested past governors and present governor to include in their executive order to prohibit nominee from giving contributions to governor's councilors, governors, and lieutenant governors upon application.
2. Found that the Parole Board was not in compliance with the state statute for more than 30 years since Gov. Dukakis. Calls for diverse occupations, i.e. specialist who can identify mental problems or other disabilities in the prison population.
RESULT: Successfully changed to be in compliance.
3. With support of majority of councilors, nominees and witnesses at the hearings are now sworn in.
4. Developed the first transparently informative website for Governor's Council for the public, listing councilors, districts, phone numbers, boards and commissions we vote on with description and terms, nominees appointed by the governors with resume and date of public hearing, etc.
5. Meet with every nominee as part of my due diligence - from Justice Ireland to the Industrial Accident Board.
6. I am not a rubber stamp - I get along - but will not go along. When I vote no, I respectfully give my reasons and that statement is placed in the nominee's file.
7. In nearly 14 years, I have missed only one hearing and one weekly meeting - when my husband died.
8. I do not take travel expenses because the people I represent do not get paid to drive to work.