Party: Republican

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: PO Box 541, North Grafton, MA 01536

Age: 49

Occupation: Attorney, adjunct professor of law and ethics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Family: Wife Katie, and children Katie, Henry, Mark, Michelle, Hailey, and Pierce

Town: Millbury

Education: Bachelor of arts degree, College of the Holy Cross
Juris doctorate, Boston College Law School

Experience: I worked as a prosecutor for 10 years, gaining perspective and experience by serving in three different offices.
I prosecuted public corruption and organized crime in Boston for three years while serving as an assistant district attorney in the Organized Crime Division of the Suffolk County district attorney's office.
I also served for six years as an assistant district attorney in the Worcester County district attorney's office, work that included two years as supervisor of the Grand Jury Unit.
I began my work as a prosecutor by serving in the Civil Division of the Franklin County (Ohio) prosecuting attorney's office.

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Why are you running?

"I will work to restore trust in our government, put the 'enforcement' back in law enforcement, and I will be a doer, not just a talker. I will do what is right and what is fair."

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Issues

Public records

How can we improve the state's public records law?

"Massachusetts has lagged behind on improving transparency in
government. Beacon Hill carries the burden to bring our public
records into the sunshine, and they can do so with some very simple
measures.

To begin, any electronic record should be available electronically. This saves paper, money, time, and headache.

Our Public Records law has been only cosmetically updated since 1973. Of
course, there are many public officials who are content to stay in the
darkness where their corruption remains undiscovered.

I will be a tough attorney general - the toughest ever on public corruption. By changing the culture on Beacon Hill to one of public service, we can hopefully see some progress with our public records law."

Ballot questions

Should the threshold for getting a question on the ballot be increased, as some legislators have suggested?

"No. Directly democratic decision-making is what Massachusetts should continue to practice."

Priorities

If elected, what are your priorities for the next term?

"I will start by cracking down hard on public corruption and dismantling the Beacon Hill Boys and Girls Club.

I will tackle the problem of illegal immigration, ending sanctuary cities and opposing amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits for illegals.

I will reject the exorbitant rates Martha Coakley approved on the Cape Wind deal.

I will make sure our health care system isn't hijacked by this legislative monstrosity some call 'Obamacare' that's going to impose a whole new set of taxes and regulations and actually change our coverage for the worse and increase costs.

Unlike Martha, I will do the entire job of the attorney general. I will defend our civil rights, protect consumers from fraud, punish environmental crime, and keep our children safe everywhere, including online."

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