For months now, I have traveled across the Fifth Governor's Council District (which spans an amazing 38 cities and towns!) to let folks know what it is the Governor's Council does, and why I am the candidate they can trust.
It starts with the fact that I am the person I am today because of the cities and towns in this district. I grew up in Peabody, where my father, Paul, served in local office for years, and where my grandfather, Dr. Duff, served as the town doctor. Along with my siblings, we Duff kids got a crash course in local politics, and, since, I have given most of my adult life to public service.
After college and graduate school, I found myself in Washington, working on behalf of the Clinton Administration. There, I mastered one of the traits most needed as a member of the Governor's Council: vetting. As a staffer to one of the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, I learned how to say no to someone, based on their background or qualifications, in a dignified and civilized manner. As your member of the Governor's Council, I would strive to do the same when it comes to judicial appointments.
I decided to return home for a multitude of reasons. Notably, my sister, Terri, who lived with Down's Syndrome, in addition to the rest of my family, needed more of my assistance. As someone who puts family above all else, it was an easy decision to come home. Additionally, I love the people and the culture of this district. I have lived in Peabody, Salem, Beverly, and now Gloucester, and each community has a different story to tell. What makes this district so great, though, are the ties that bond us together. The hardworking nature of the people, always ready to dig in and lend a hand, leaves me inspired each and every day. I have learned a lot from the people I grew up with and my neighbors across the district. I would go to Beacon Hill with their needs in mind.
With this blog, I want to keep you updated on the happenings of our campaign. For example, today we visited the folks at the Danvers senior center, where they had a great band come in to play. I had such a great time reminiscing with the people there, and their support means the world to me.
Going forward, you are likely to comes across me and my campaign in one of the 38 cities and towns I am running in. The best comment folks make to me now is "you're everywhere!" It let's me know I am working hard, and I hope it lets you know how hard I am willing to work as your member of the Governor's Council.
If you have questions or comments regarding the campaign, please do visit our Facebook page or our website, www.VoteDuff.com. I look forward to hearing from you!