Secretary of State (technically Secretary of the Commonwealth) is an uncontested primary. Bill Galvin will surely win, since nobody is running against him. Which is a shame, because he doesn’t deserve it.
Remember the last time Galvin had a contested race, and spent the campaign running away from any debate?
- After months of mostly ignoring his earnest and relentless opponent John Bonifaz, Secretary of State William F. Galvin had finally agreed to debate him, at a candidates’ night, Medford Democrats said. Bonifaz arrived early, primed for combat.
“A person who holds that post ought to know how important debates are,” he said. “I’m glad he’s joining me tonight.”
The 7 p.m. start time approached. Galvin had not appeared. Everybody anxiously eyed the clock. The minutes drained away. Finally, at 6:50, organizer Joyce Ball urged Bonifaz to take his seat. Bonifaz hesitated, still watching for Galvin.
“It’s late, and I don’t know where Mr. Galvin is,” a worried Ball said, adding, “You’d think he would have called or something.”
(spoiler: Galvin never showed, and later pretended he hadn’t actually committed to being there. He never appeared at any debate or forum with his opponent during the entire campaign, not once.)
Now it’s 2014, twenty years since Galvin was first elected Secretary, and Massachusetts still does not have election day registration.
That’s the reason several of my friends who moved to Massachusetts this summer and would like to vote, won’t be voting tomorrow: While getting settled into a new place and new job or school, they didn’t realize they were missing a voter registration deadline. By the time election coverage picked up, it was too late.
Bill Galvin doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote. Don’t give him yours.