I write to respond to a letter claiming one of my mailers was false. First, I have an unblemished record for professional integrity as a lawyer with over 25 years experience and have earned the highest grade for ethics from my peers. I have not lied in any of my mailers or during this campaign. I am running to protect our state courts and values as Trump erodes well-established rights and values at the federal level, among them the attack on truth and facts. I am not interested in running based on falsehoods. I can support each of my statements.
Councilor Devaney has been an impediment to increasing diversity in our courts. I cite a number of examples, including her being the swing vote against a highly qualified African-American attorney with impressive academic and work credentials and her voting against a qualified Hispanic nominee when the Superior Court was without a single Hispanic judge. She was the lone vote against the highly qualified Debra Squires Lee and, in a straw vote, indicated her opposition to Jennifer Roberts who then withdrew her nomination. I would have voted in favor of each of these nominees.
Councilor Devaney has also been an impediment to criminal justice reform. Based on a taped hearing, she recently called for legislators to sign onto a bill to impeach a sitting Superior Court judge that has been initiated and pushed by Rep. Jim Lyons, a Trump Republican. She and these conservative Republicans believe that this judge is ‘soft on crime’ and did not like the sentence he imposed in a recent case. She called for the return of mandatory minimums in this context. She is at odds with her party and even Baker Republicans who recently passed important criminal justice reform legislation that eliminated many mandatory minimums because people agree on a bipartisan basis that they have led to excessive incarceration and that judges need more sentencing discretion.
I have been endorsed by Attorney General Maura Healey and the last 3 Massachusetts Attorneys General, the last four Middlesex County District Attorneys, more than 50 state and local elected officials, the Sierra Club and Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts. The reason I am getting this broad support running against a 20 year incumbent is that people know it’s time for a change.
Candidate for Governor’s Councilor, District 3