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The executive authority of Norfolk County is vested in the board of County Commissioners. The three Commissioners are elected for four-year terms, with only one permitted from any one city or town.

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    Heather Hamilton

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    Joseph P. Shea

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    Richard R. Staiti

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I moved to Brookline ten years ago to work for MassDOT, first by working on accessibility compliance and then by managing the largest fleet of vehicles in the Commonwealth. I fell in love with the Town and ran successfully for Select Board to make our Town more open, accessible, and sustainable. I am proud that I’ve increased walkability, experimented with pilot programs, and pursued affordable housing. I am eager to apply what I’ve learned to become the second-ever female Commissioner.
My priorities: transparency, gender equity, and good government. The Commissioners only adopted Zoom five months into COVID after my campaign publicized their unrecorded conference calls. I want to trim our $31.7m spending to help fund tight local budgets. I also want to advance gender parity among solely Commissioner-managed staff because only 10% are female. I want to make sure the services provided by this office are worth the money we are all paying and that it is as optimized as possible.
I want to break through the decades-old circle of insiders that dominates the Office because I believe they are protecting a status quo that only benefits a few. Does subsidizing an inaccessible golf course make sense? Can the state absorb building management, as it has elsewhere? I would like to explore the answers and implement them, which is why I ask for your vote on November 3rd. Please visit to learn more, and I thank you for your consideration.
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My name is Joe Shea, and I’m running for re-election as your Norfolk County Commissioner. For the last five years, I have brought trusted, proven leadership to our County government built on collaboration and strong management practices.

A lifelong Democrat, I served as Quincy’s City Clerk for 25 years—and prior to that as Executive Secretary to the Mayor or Quincy—where I built a track record of connecting neighbors with our government and reforming government practices.
I’m running for re-election to continue reforming Norfolk County into a cost-effective, inclusive and transparent regional entity that provides a real value to local residents.

Addressing the County's financial needs--dealing with limited revenues and ever-increasing fixed costs--is the principal challenge. We’re creating policies to guide financial decisions. We're also leading a comprehensive review to better-position the County’s fiscal health and provide a clear framework going forward.
I have dedicated my entire life to serving people and providing trusted, proven and transparent leadership at every step of the way. Public service, good government and helping people has been my life’s work and passion, especially during the last 5 years as your Norfolk County Commissioner.

I respectfully ask for your continued support and vote on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and Tuesday, November 3, 2020 so that I can continue doing what I love.
I am an active, engaged participant in local and county issues with over thirty years of municipal experience including nine years as a member of the Canton Selectboard,Town Moderator and long time member of the County Advisory Board on Expenditures. I am a graduate of Stonehill College (BS Science ), Bridgewater State University , M. Ed. Administration, and Suffolk University Law School (JD). I have also served as Past Chairman of the Canton Democrat committee .
Without question the ongoing pandemic caused by Covid19 has affected and will continue to impact all levels of government . As revenues dwindle we need to examine new ways of doing things as well as explore and produce new sources of revenue without increasing taxes . As much as possible we should utilize renewable sources of energy such as solar power to produce clean energy and new sources of revenue. I would seek to establish a Solar Energy Stabilzation fund to provide for improvements.
My parents were first generation Americans. They placed a high value on hard work, education, fairness and service to others. I am a dedicated civil servant who believes in the power of any governmental position to serve the people for the greater good of all. I will bring my skills for collaboration, for transparency, and for honesty to this position to not only maintain but improve upon our county. I welcome your input and respectfully ask for your vote and support in the Democrat primary