My name is Jacquolyn Payne-Thompson, I am running for the Massachusetts State Governorâ€™s Council 4th District seat because there are many challenges; some unforeseen that are facing us today where strong, effective, leadership is needed. This is the kind of leadership that I can and want to bring to the Governorâ€™s Council. There are pressing issues of concern around our court system where judges are to be held accountable to make sound accurate decisions as it relates to housing, women and child abuse, foster care, incarceration for a crime, CORI-Law, Juvenile Justice System, and re-entry programs for both men and women. I feel that the Governorâ€™s Council (Executive Committee/board) meetings, should be more open to the community with councilors that represents the districts that they serve, and are actively involved in the communitiesâ€™ issues. In the Governorâ€™s Council there should be NO rubber stamping of any kind, further information about hearings on the internet accessible for public viewing, and annual reports be submitted from the Governorâ€™s Council.
The Governorâ€™s Councilors meet on Wednesdays at the State House Governorâ€™s Council Chamber, to act on such issues as authorizing warrant expenditures from the State Treasurerâ€™s Office, criminal pardons and commutations, and approval of gubernatorial appointments; interviews candidates in hearings for judgeships, appointments for judgeship at every level, clerk magistrates, notary public, and justices of the peace. You as a Massachusetts citizen can sit in on theses meetings as I have done many times. A member of the Governorâ€™s Council does not necessarily have to be a lawyer. The Governor of Massachusetts has his own legal council. There is no person of color that serves as a councilor on the Governorâ€™s Council.
My experience, education, and community involvement qualify me for the position of Governorâ€™s Council 4th district seat. I have worked alongside community leaders, and elected officials in community meetings, forums, advisory groups, and committees on pressing issues relating to the communities at-large and beyond. I continue this effort of attending meetings, forums, and lectures as it relates to the public safety, education, housing, health care, our economy, and the environment locally and beyond. Paying close attention to what bills are passed through legislation that adhere to the communitiesâ€™ needs.
Most recently, I attended the signing of the CORI BILL by Governor Deval Patrick. This bill is long over due and is â€œNow Lawâ€. A lot of people will benefit from this bill as it helps to give people a second chance, to obtain a job, and limits employersâ€™ access to criminal records.
We all hope that we never have to be called in front of a judge on any level for any reason. It could very well happen unexpectedly. â€œThe decision made about a Supreme Judicial Court or Judgeship nomination is not a political game, but rather an opportunity to defend basic freedoms regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or age, and to protect the ideals and equal rights for future generationsâ€.
As we encounter these challenging economic times, we must pull together for the betterment of our families and communities. Together, we can build working coalitions across communities to help address the issue in solving crime, public safety, and other pressing community related issues. We need fair, honest, compassionate but firm decisions of appointed judges in our court system on every level. Working together makes a difference, especially were our very livelihood and our children and families are at stake. â€œAs people, we can make good sound changes that will work for the betterment of allâ€.
Massachusetts is a great state. Growing up in Boston, I have had the opportunity to receive a good education, over ten years of involvement in the community at-large and beyond, working with community leaders and elected officials, and sharing what I learned and experienced as a means in helping others. A change is needed in the Governorâ€™s Council. I will be the Independent voice, with strong leadership that will advocate for the people and public safety in the judicial selection process, appointments, and all issues that come before the Governorâ€™s Council. I look forward to represent you as the Governorâ€™s Councilor for the 4th District. Please visit my campaign website for further information about me and my candidacy.
I hope to earn your support and count on your vote in the General Election ~ Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Thank you. Jacquolyn Payne Thompson Candidate for Massachusetts State Governor’s Council 4th district.