In Appreciation of Governor Deval Patrick

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I have only known one Democratic Governor of Massachusetts growing up here in Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. Since I was born in 1984, I would not remember anything about the Governorship of Michael Dukakis, though I have met him our wonderful former Governor on several occasions. So, it was a great pleasure to be involved in politics with our Democratic Governor.

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“I think that hope, that ability to envision, to imagine a better way, and then to apply yourself to it, is the way to climb out of a hole, is the way to build a better life, is the way to build a better community and a better country.”

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“We believe that in times like these we should turn to each other, not on each other. We believe that government has a role to play, not in solving every problem in everybody’s life but in helping people help themselves to the American dream. That’s what Democrats believe.”

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I felt really grateful to have also met the Governor’s daughter, Katherine, because we were supporting the same candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Mike Lake in 2013. Katherine is one of several children of public officials I have met during my time in politics.

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I was additionally quite grateful to be in attendance at his ceremonial Lone Walk, on January 7th, 2015. I remember standing next to State Representative Liz Malia, State Committeewoman Karen Payne, State Committeeman Matthew Murray, and not being that far from Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian, as Governor Patrick made his way out of the State House as Governor of Massachusetts.

As a lifelong Massachusetts native and resident, the picture below was certainly one of my favorites to see in the press. “Massachusetts,” front and center. Love this place.

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(Boston, MA 01/07/2015) Governor Deval Patrick makes his “last walk” down the State House steps on his last full day of work in office on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Staff Photo by Matt West.

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