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Governor's Council 1st District

Governor's Council District 1 Candidates Overview

Joe Ureneck

South Coast Today published an excellent overview of the Governor’s Council 1st District race. This is the most contested of the Governor’s Council races with 7 candidates running. It is also the most confusing – as there are two brothers running with the same name – Oliver Cipollini – one as a Democract and one as a Republican:

In the midst of a campaign season Joseph A. Ureneck, like the other six candidates vying for Governor’s Council District 1, finds himself having to clear one major hurdle: voter incomprehension.

“The Governor’s Council is a black hole for most people,” said Ureneck recently. “It exists and they have no idea what it does.”

The council’s main duty is to confirm approval of gubernatorial appointments — namely judges, notaries, justices of the peace — weigh in on criminal pardons and act on payments from the state treasury.

The body, comprised of eight members with the lieutenant governor serving as an ex officio member, meets once a week, at noon on Wednesday in the State House Chamber.

Council members, elected every two years, draw a salary of $26,025.

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Interview with Joe Ureneck and Richard Mitchell Candidates for Governor's Council

The interview was on Behind the Scene with Hector Montalvo. It has a strong focus on father’s rights and family court reform.

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Interview with Joe Ureneck, Candidate for Governor's Council 1st District

[ed_note]Joe Ureneck is a candidate for Governor’s Council 1st District. The Herald News has an interesting profile on Joe. As we have done with a number of Governor’s Council Candidates, we have an in-depth interview with Mr. Ureneck.[/ed_note]
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Joe Ureneck

Why would you like to be on the Governor’s Council? What is it about your background and experience that will make you a good governor’s councilor?

As an active and concerned citizen who has always supported civic involvement I want to promote fundamental reform in the judiciary and ensure fair treatment for all in the courts.

I am 59 years old, a native of Massachusetts, graduate (MA) of UMass and a small business owner. My website is www.votejoeureneck.com and I invite voters to join me on Facebook. I can be reached directly at 857 350-0575.

The Governor’s Council is an extremely important public body but most people know little, if anything, about it. I will encourage greater public participation in the Council and seek to approve only those judicial nominees who want to serve first and foremost the public interest, not their own. I want to ensure that judicial nominees are approved not on the basis of political and legal industry connections but rather on the premise that a judge’s primary role should be providing fair and equitable treatment for all in the court.

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Interview with Oliver Cipollini, candidate for Governor's Council 1st District

[ed_note]Oliver Cipollini is a candidate for the Governor’s Council 1st District. As we have done with a number of Governor’s Council  candidate, we have an in-depth interview with Mr. Cipollini where he tells us his philosophy toward being a member of the Governor’s Council.[/ed_note]

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Oliver Cipollini

Why would you like to be on the Governor’s Council? What is it about your background and experience that will make you a good councilor?

I am a retired Clerk-Magistrate and Systems Network Manager. Besides working with large budgets and diverse systems, I worked with children and young adults in the juvenile court system, as a social worker and as a counselor at St. Vincent’s Home in Fall River.

I promise to be your voice on the Council. I will welcome voter input in the issues which come before the Council. I enter this process as an advocate for the vitality of our state government’s Constitution and governing process.

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Governor's Council 1st District: Hallahan, Cipollini, Ureneck, Gregory, Moniz, Mosca, Cipollini Jr.

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» Joe Ureneck (R)
» Charles Oliver Cipollini (R)
» Oliver Cipollini (D)
» Thomas J. Hallahan (D)
» Walter Moniz (D)
» Jeffrey T Gregory (D)
» Patricia Mosca (D)

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Thomas Hallahan Running for Governor’s Council 1st District

Tom Hallahan

Thomas Hallahan is a candidate for Governor’s Council in the 1st District. Tom works as a tenured professor teaching courses in education policy and social justice. He also works as a policy consultant for the Department of Public Health and MassHealth. Tom has a long history of involvement with numerous non-profits doing work in the areas of youth engagement, substance abuse, mental health, AIDS, health care policy, equity/access to education and the arts. He serves on the board of directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of a number of NGOs doing work in the areas of inclusive education & disability rights in Cambodia and South Africa.

As we have done with a several other candidates, we conducted an email interview with Dr. Hallanan.

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Interview with Oliver Cipollini Continued

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Would you approve a judge you thought could be unbiased if their background could give the public doubts about their impartiality?

I would have to sit down and talk to the nominee and get a true feeling for why the public might have their doubts about their impartiality. The right questioning and research by talking to members of his local bar, court officers, probation officers and other members of the community will give me a pretty good understanding of where in his background questions about his or her impartiality emerged and if there is they still exist.

In a June 27, 2010 Sunday Parade Magazine article, Judging the value of Redemption, the author, Linda Himelstein, writes a great article about an ex-con and former drug addict who is now an attorney. He is a potential candidate for a judicial nomination by the governor. Attorney Rick Dyer, 58, will have a chance to sentence defendants who engage in substance abuse if nominated and confirmed. Will his impartiality be at issue?

Dyer credits his transformation in life to the late Charles ”Chick” Artesani, a judge who has never given up on him. “Though Artesani repeatedly sentenced Dyer to prison, he also recommended drug treatment or psychological assessment over jail whenever it was an option.” Maybe the ‘torch’ can be passes to Dyer if the Governor’s Council sees him as a good nominee?

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One of the functions of the Governor’s Council is to advise the governor on pardons and commutations of sentences. Under what circumstances are a pardon or commutation is justified?

This is a tough one and I would take this assignment especially seriously. I would need a lot of convincing when and if I would vote for a pardon and commutation. A lot would depend on why it is being initiated, why at this time, who is initiating it, what is his/her report card while serving time. A very important variable in this equation would be how long the inmate was sentenced for and what the full statue of the law allowed and what was the reason why the individual was sentenced?

The victim and the victim’s family would have a great impact on this decision. My vote will also be influenced by the Parole Board’s recommendation as well as expert testimony from corrections, parole officers as well as statements from mental health officials if this is relevant to his/her release or reduction of sentence. If the inmate is asking for a pardon or commutation with only a short time to live. Then this might influence the Council and my vote in deciding.

It is unlikely that I will support a lessening of time or clemency to a serious crime such as murder, rape or home invasion where someone was injured. This assignment will be taken very seriously and I will make sure it is done right. The Governor’s web page has a thirteen page ‘Guideline’ outlining the steps that have to be taken for Executive Clemency.

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The current 209A restraining order law, and the new anti-stalking law gives judges a huge amount of discretion in deciding on restraining orders in ex-parte hearings where they don’t get to hear both sides of the case. What characteristics should a judge have to be able to apply the 209A process fairly?

A 209A has always been a whirlwind tool that is very hard to enforce and has been used and abused. In the juvenile court world when an order that a juvenile should not come in contact with another juvenile for say 100 feet and if there is a meeting the juvenile should avoid the other juvenile with no verbal or non-verbal exchange. This is almost impossible in this day and age where children meet other children in schools, sports, after-school organized activities, etc. Same is true in the adult world. Strained relations meet in the supper market, places of worship, at the local coffee shop etc.

A judge has to hear an individual’s ex-parte request for a restraining order and determine with only the “victim’s “ request that the reason a restraining order is needed. This is when a judge’s sense of logic, good listening traits and gut reaction takes over. The judge has to listen to the story whether it is presented by an attorney or by the victim and listen, watch and decide. Many times, restraining orders are heard during the heat of the moment and the complainant does not dress in attire that one would expect to see in the courtroom or in the judge’s lobby. The judge must see the whole picture and understand what might have proceeded the request.

Earlier in the year, the legislature passed an anti-stalking law (268e). This gives the judge more discretion and another tool. It allows a person suffering from harassment to file a complaint to seek relief from abuse, harassment and contacting the plaintiff as well as remain away from the plaintiff’s household or workplace and pay the plaintiff monetary compensation for the losses suffered as a direct result of the harassment.

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Oliver Cipollini re-runs for Governor's Council 1st District

Oliver Cipollini

We’ve received this message from Oliver Cipollini, a candidate for the Governor’s Council First District:

Oliver P. Cipollini Jr. has announced his candidacy for the office of Governor’s Councillor for District One.

A native of Fall River, where he lived for about 36 years, Cipollini has lived for the past 22 years in Barnstable with his wife Sandra Piccole. He is a retired Clerk-Magistrate and a Systems Network Manager. Besides working with large budgets and diverse systems, he has worked with children and young adults in the juvenile court system, as a social worker and as a counselor at St. Vincent’s Home in Fall River.

Cipollini stresses his dedication to public service. “I seek to uphold the democratic process by becoming your representative on the Governor’s Council,” he says. “I promise to be your voice on the Council. I will welcome voter input in the issues which come before the Council.

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Patricia Mosca Running for Governor's Council

Patricia Mosca is one of the candidates running for Governor’s Council 1st District. This is one of the open seats, in this case vacated by long time councillor Carole Fiola. She joins a crowded field with 7 candidates at last count.

In our article about the current Governor’s Council candidates, we didn’t write much about her because our research did not turn up a lot of information. Ms. Mosca has written to give us more information about her candidacy. Her message to the blog is included below:

Hi, my name is Patricia Mosca and I am one of the candidates for Governor’s Council.

I decided to run for Governor’s Council when the incumbent dropped out of the race.  I do not have many $ nor do I have the name, as you mention is important.  But, I do have the experience.

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