John Buonomo’s taste for the coins in the copiers is small change compared to the major change needed in that office. And due to the circumstances of Buonomo’s arrest and resignation, people seem to be happy to jump on the bandwagon of anyone with a sticker campaign and a pledge to eschew the quarters in the coin slot.
The Register of Probate is the chief administrative officer for the clerical and administrative side of the probate and family courts. Middlesex County has more than twice the population of the state of Alaska, and the probate and family courts operate in four courthouses (Cambridge, Concord, Lowell, and Marlborough). It is an office that is still the domain of index cards and IBM Selectric Typewriters.
In a county that stretches from Ashby to Holliston to Cambridge, even the most routine transaction requires a trip to Lechmere Square. The courthouse is a short walk from Boston, and anyone with business (filings, record requests) must travel to East Cambridge to transact business. This has obvious benefits for the person who holds the key to the copy machines, but a 90 minute drive for a copy of a divorce decree seems a bit excessive in the age of the Internet, wifi, laptop computers, and iPhones.
It just so happens that I have some experience in this field. I have a proven track record of moving a large urban school district from paper to pixels. Personnel records, attendance reports, report cards, registration and health records, I have led an effort to change the way we do business that resulted in greater efficiency and significant savings to the taxpayer.
Some folks, who know my work, have been talking to me about jumping into the registrar’s race. My heart’s still in K-12 education, but I do love a good challenge and I am convinced that I could lead this office from a paper and Selectric backwater to an efficient, high-tech office that will be a model for the Massachusetts judicial system.
You know I’m a hard core progressive. You can search the BMG archives and get a flavor of my progressive pedigree. I am committed to the social values that would be encountered at the Registry, including respect for same-sex couples and poor and immigrant families.
But there is only one way this could happen. First, John Buonomo needs to win the primary, in order to set the stage for a county caucus. Then, I need to get some solid support from progressives from throughout the district to go to the town and city meetings, get elected to the county caucus, and support this effort.
It can be done, but it is a large task. Interested?
Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write a post, telling me if you think we could or should make this effort. I won’t make any decisions until Wednesday morning, but I certainly could use your advice and support.