As you may have heard, there is a heated race in the 10th Congressional District to decide who will be running to fill Representative Delahunt’s seat on the Democratic ticket. Below is more information on each candidate and how to get involved in their campaigns leading up to the September 14th Primary!
Candidate Spotlight – Bill Keating
Bill Keating is a former district attorney, ruling on some of MA’s toughest cases, but always working to make the commonwealth communities stronger and safer. During his stint as DA, Keating worked on community based crime prevention and cracked down on white-collar criminals who committed crimes against the public and cyber criminals.
In the State House he took on Beacon Hill and is known for being willing to stand up to his own party’s leadership for tough, but necessary reforms and to help the taxpayer. He helped to improve our public safety laws, worked to protect consumers, targeted drug traffickers and protected victims of crime and passed commonsense environmental protections. Keating wrote the law that protects lakes and streams in MA from chemical pollution. He ended the sales tax on services and the estate tax and led the fight to pass a victims bill of rights.
As DA, Keating always had the protection of our seniors, kids, and families at the forefront in his mind. For our seniors, he worked to prevent senior abuse, he cracked down on dishonest caregivers and informed them about financial exploitation that targets them. For our kids, he developed anti-bullying and violence protection, suicide prevention, and developed underage drinking prevention resources for schools and parents. In addition, he used confiscated drug money to outfit a state-of-the-art computer forensics lab in the DA’s office and made it available to all police departments across the state. For our families, he has worked to reduce incidences of demestic violence, cracked down on white-collar criminals, brought law enforcement and community members together to increase crime prevention efforts.
Keating put himself through his undergraduate years at Boston College by working full time at a near by U.S. Post Office. He lives with his wife Tevis, and have two college-age children, Patrick and Kristen.
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Candidate Spotlight – Rob O’Leary
Rob O’Leary has been a resident of MA’s 10th Congressional district for the last 34 years. He has a reputation for tackling big challenges and bringing people together to find solutions that work.
O’Leary was elected as a Barnstable County Commissioner in 1987 and has been devoted to his career in public service ever sense, with a vision for changing why local government works. He took the lead in creating the Cape Cod Commission to make smart growth a reality. He helped to develop the Cape Light Compact to combine energy conservation and green energy initiatives with consumer protection to change how the area generates and consumes electricity. He has also worked on the Cape Cod Land Bank to make environment and open space preservation a priority.
In 2000, O’Leary became the first democrat to represent the 10th Congressional district in Massachusetts Senate in over 40 years. In this position he spearheaded the nation’s first ocean management legislation, which allowed for conservation, industry, and development in the oceans waters.
He is chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the Senate and has become an important voice in reforming, and increasing aid for, MA’s higher education system. He was the chief architect of one of the biggest pieces of education legislation since education reform in 1993, making for more choice and innovation in public school districts.
O’Leary has been a strong supporter of many pieces of legislation that have put MA in the forefront nationally in energy efficiency, urban emission, and renewable energy development.
O’Leary still lives in Barnstable County. He has three daughters and teaches part time at both Cape Cod Community College and MA’s Maritime Academy.
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- Sophie Mettler-Grove, CDM Campaigns Director