I arrived early, but Joe Early, Jr. candidate for Worcester County District Attorney was earlier than me. Must be the name.
Other candidates included:
Daniel J. Shea (Worcester DA) Tom Foley (Governor’s Council) Kathleen Daignault (Worcester Registry of Deeds and Democratic State Committeewoman – yep, my opponent) and Nate Kaplan (St. Rep. 1st Worcester). Nate did a great job. His father died suddenly last week and he’s just getting back to campaigning. He’s got a great message: re-connect his district with Beacon Hill. Republican incumbent Evangelidis thinks it’s a part-time gig. Nate has a lot of energy and I look forward to learning more about this race.
Then it was my turn. I was nervous at first, but as I got warmed up I felt better. I think I did an effective job of distinguishing myself from my opponent. Kathleen Daignault is an experienced campaigner. She’s run for State Representative in the past, but this evening she focused primarily on her Registry of Deeds race.
I stayed with my message of being a voice on the state committee for all the communities in the senate district, not just the cities and my commitment to building stronger Democratic organizations with more effective communication between the two. People seemed very receptive to that message and I stayed long after my opponent left to answer questions.
All in all, it was a great time and I met some great people. I’ve gained a whole lot more respect for the candidates that are stumping day in and day out for months. Those people are superheroes.
Next week: Lunenburg.