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Running to Win: Eileen Duff for Governor's Council, Blog #3

Check in with Eileen Duff and her campaign for Governor's Council from the Massachusetts Fifth District.

July 23rd, 2012


Friends,

Another week of campaigning is in the books! With 38 cities and towns to tackle, there is never a shortage of interesting people to meet or events to attend.

One place I am always excited to go is a local farmer’s market. Many cities and towns host local growers, and hearing their perspective on things is always eye opening. Many of these folks, whether they are growing fruits and veggies, or making soap or maple syrup, work multiple jobs to pay the bills. However, despite the long hours and hard work it takes to make end’s meet, the passion these folks have for their homegrown product never wavers. But, beyond that, what impresses me the most, is their dedication to the communities in which they live. For example, this past week I spent time at the Haverhill Farmer’s Market, and I met community leaders that have been active in the region for years. Many are part of an organization called Team Haverhill, which calls for community action to better the city. There are many similar organizations across the 38 cities and towns in which I am running, and they prove that there is still such a thing as civic pride.

Another stop I made was to a local firehouse in Lowell, where I got the chance to chat with some of Lowell’s bravest. These guys knew exactly how the Governor’s Council functions, and shared their perspective on a wide array of issues. The discussion we had left me feeling that these guys do what they do because they care deeply about the city of Lowell and the people there. Beyond risking their lives on behalf of us, these guys really understand that they are role models for the community.

Being a role model is something I believe very strongly in. I believe many of us owe a debt of gratitude to the cities and towns where we were brought up. I believe life in Peabody, for example, helped shape me into the person I am today. While I understand that being a role model means different things for different people, I myself have always tried to teach fairness and understanding. One of the reasons I believe I am the best fit for this position is that I tend to dive deeper before rushing to judgment. I believe that what makes America great is that we are able to freely discuss the issues that important to us, or the values that we hold most dear. My job, should you elect me to the Governor’s Council, would be to represent each and every person in this district, not just a few. This district is on the move, and, together, we can do big things. Great things.

I also believe the position that I am running for is one of the last stops for the little guy in this state. When I make a decision regarding a judicial nominee, it will not be politics guiding my decision. It will be the great people of this district. The average Joes have too few voices representing them on Beacon Hill. You can depend on me to ensure that the stakes for the average person are discussed, and that the needs of the 38 cities and towns here are met.

We have big events planned this week, and we look forward to meeting you out on the trail!

Onwards!

-Eileen

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