Joe Goodwin, son of author Doris Kearns Goodwin, running for state Senate
Joe Kearns Goodwin, a decorated Army veteran and the son of author Doris Kearns Goodwin and former presidential adviser Richard Goodwin, today announced his candidacy for the Massachusetts state Senate.
The 34-year-old Concord native becomes the fifth Democrat to join two Republicans in running for the seat being vacated by Susan Fargo, a Lincoln Democrat who is retiring.
“The ideals of public service and the lessons of history have always been a part of my life,” Goodwin said in a statement promoted on a campaign web site. “My father inspired me with stories of the great men he served, like Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. My mother instilled in my brothers and me the values and bravery of leaders like Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
“It is this ingrained sense of duty, honor, and service that led me to answer the call to enlist in the Army in the days after 9/11, and it is this same commitment to public service that has guided me to run for state Senate,” he added.
Goodwin is a second-year law student, now enrolled at Harvard after starting his legal studies at Suffolk University. He recently married Victoria Bonney, a former State House aide.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Goodwin enlisted in the Army. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant combat arms officer and joined the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, according to the statement.
“He spent more than a year leading a platoon of 30 soldiers patrolling the streets of Baghdad, rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, and working to contain the growing violence,” the statement said.
Goodwin received a Bronze Star for his performance in combat.
Upon returning from Iraq, Goodwin began a job with General Electric Co.’s steam and wind turbine divisions, working on both the factory floor and on the finance and strategic side to build renewable, clean energy technology, the statement said.
In 2008, he was recalled to service in Afghanistan, where he spent a year serving as a special advisor to the NATO director of strategic communications.
“In that role, his duties included investigating civilian casualties, helping the Army compensate victims and their families, and crafting solutions to avert future tragedies,” the statement said.
Turning to politics, Goodwin described himself as a “progressive.”
He added: “I will be a leader to fight for our shared values - helping small businesses, supporting our seniors and veterans, providing even better access to affordable healthcare, and making sure our children receive the education they need to get quality, sustainable jobs in the new economy,” Goodwin said in a statement. “Given my breadth of experience, my passion for serving my community, and my core belief that government serves an important role in making a difference in the lives of working families throughout the Commonwealth, I will bring trusted and strong leadership to the state Senate.”
Besides Goodwin, those seeking the Democratic nomination for the Third Middlesex District seat include former state Senator Mike Barrett, Mara Dolan of Concord, Alex Buck of Chelmsford, and Joe Mullin of Weston.
The two Republicans currently running are Selectman Greg Howes of Concord and past Fargo challenger Sandi Martinez of Chelmsford.Glen Johnson can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.