My name is Katie Forde I am a progressive Democrat running to be the first female Register of Deeds in Suffolk County history and I am asking for your investment in my campaign.
For me, the worst part of 2017 was that there was so much to be enraged about; the best part was feeling that the Women’s March never really ended. We have been channeling the energy and activism created by that event into a surge of female candidates up and down the ballot because local government is incredibly important to residents’ every day quality of life. The work of the Register of Deeds affects every homeowner, and can transform and empower communities by helping to create more homeownership. It must be led by someone with a vision for using the office as more than a retirement plan for ousted city councilors.
I first ran for Register of Deeds in 2016, as a first-time candidate with zero name recognition. I was endorsed by both the Boston Globe (the first time it has ever endorsed in the Register of Deeds race) and the Boston Herald. I fell short by less than 5% in a 7-way competition. In 2018, I will take on an entrenched incumbent and win.
These are different times. We cannot wait for others to act. Electing strong women candidates locally helps to build a pipeline that gets us closer to our shared vision of gender parity in government. Initial support and early investment is critical to beating out the Old Boys Network and electing the first female Suffolk County Register of Deeds.
Women should be running for every office on the ballot. No more waiting in line and no more asking for permission to run for an office that is occupied. Candidates should not be elected to office because their name is familiar, because the establishment supports them, or because it is their turn. Candidates should be elected to work for us. My commitment to the community is well-documented and I am the best candidate for the office.
Early support is critical – our opponent knows it’s a real race and he has always had the resources to fight off a challenge. With your support, we can match him dollar for dollar.
We persist because that is what strong women do. Bringing progressive values to this office will change lives and change our communities.