As Secretary of the Commonwealth, I will work to make public information truly public by:
Making all state public databases accessible through a single website, so a simple Google-like search would bring corporation, real estate, lobbyist and legislative information to a single portal
Encouraging cities and towns to standardize their websites and public databases, so that local information is also readily available
Opening offices in cities such as Worcester, Lowell, Lawrence and/or Pittsfield, to expand the reach of the Secretary’s services already provided in Boston, Fall River and Springfield
Establishing “substations” in communities where there are lower rates of computer and/or internet access, to make sure public information is, in reality, available to all
As Secretary of the Commonwealth, I will work to enhance the electoral process by:
Advocating for greater access to the ballot box, through election day registration, extended (multi-day) balloting and/or mail-in voting
Working to improve ballot machine technology statewide to take advantage of the advanced systems developed in recent years, while at the same time protecting the integrity and confidence in elections
Using the bully pulpit of the office to fight against corporate influence in our elections, particularly in light of the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision
Simplifying the process of getting on the ballot, and in turn encouraging more people to run for office, to make sure our representative government is truly representative of the people of Massachusetts
In an age when heated partisanship, insider deals and well-funded “special interests” threaten to destroy what faith we have in our democratic processes, I believe having a true independent voice in the office of Secretary, a voice that will treat all persons, and all parties, equally and honestly, can only help restore that faith. I will work over the next 7+ months to earn your confidence, and hopefully the same support afforded to the incumbent’s challengers four year ago, as we move toward November.
Please feel free to contact the campaign at 508-802-JIM-1, campaign@JimForSOC.com, or by going here (which, until our website can get finalized, will forward to the campaign’s Facebook page).