Council's value

What is the value of the Governor's Council?

Democrat

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Republican

There hasn't been a Republican on the Governor's Council in 20 years. It is easy to question the value of this board without bipartisan representation to challenge what are ultimately political appointments.

Further, the lack of requirement that members be lawyers puts the quality of this board's choices in question, as evaluating fitness to serve as a judge takes a professional understanding of the tasks involved.

Electing me to serve as Governor's Councilor for the Second District will restore credibility to this body on both accounts and give this governmental body a chance to resume its critical role in the checks-and-balances system of our state.

Unenrolled

The Governor's Council is the only mechanism for the people to check the power of the governor when appointing judges.

The governor can appoint anyone to the bench. It is the responsibility of the Governor's Council to ensure that judges are not biased, will adequately dispense justice, support due process, and protect constitutional rights.

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New ideas

What new ideas or proposals will you bring to the council?

Democrat

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Republican

Few citizens of Massachusetts are even aware of the Governor's Council. It will be my goal to bring the workings of this board to the public's attention.

Unenrolled

With the large number of judges who are appointed each year, it is impossible to adequately investigate the background of each nominee, even if the Governor's Council was a full-time position.

Currently, little information is published about judicial nominees. I propose that more in-depth information about each nominee should be published, including data generated by the Judicial Nominating Commission. In this way, the public has the opportunity to respond and can provide testimony favorable or unfavorable to each nominee.

Each nominee has a career of about 30 years or so. Currently, we hear testimony, almost exclusively from other lawyers with whom the nominee has interacted. These lawyers are fundamentally biased, as in the future they will have to appear before the newly appointed judge.

Without information from the hundreds or thousands of people that the nominee has represented or interacted with, there is no way to discern whether this person is qualified or not for the bench.

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