Duff Would Excel on Governor’s Council
Students Can Get College Credit for Working on her Campaign
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2012 16:04
Eileen Duff has excelled in many positions, including those of a chaplain, realtor, and manager of Salem State’s annual alumni fundraiser. As one of her employees there, I know how much her dedication has served as a valuable motivational tool for the entire staff. It’s my pleasure to reintroduce her to SSU as a candidate for the Governor’s Council.
The role of the Council is to provide the Governor with advice on matters relating to his position, and the Council provides consent on many important issues. As Duff describes it, “The Councilors should be folks who have been active in the community and have demonstrated their involvement in a variety of ways, so they are aware of the needs of the constituency.” Duff has the experience, the temperament, and the community relations to shine in this field.
“Let’s face it,” she says, “These are tough times and many of us know someone who ends up in court at some point—maybe for a serious offense, or maybe just a traffic ticket they are appealing. I want to make sure the best judges are hearing cases. I don’t want someone sitting on the bench because they worked at the same firm or tried a case with someone else. That’s what happens all too often. I want the best; We deserve it.”
So who is she up against? “My opponents are all lawyers,” Duff said. “They are part of a ‘club,’ so to speak, and lawyers generally have reasons they want to be on this Council—they get to approve the judges. I am the only person running who has any experience doing exactly what this job entails.”
“I have a strong commitment to social justice issues, strong roots in the district, [and] a background in economics and public policy-related issues,” Duff said. “I am committed to ensuring a more transparent judicial appointment process. I also have a reputation of being fair and civil.”
Besides myself, countless others can vouch for Duff as well, since she’s been involved in local government and issues her entire life here in Massachusetts, along with her federal experience working in Washington, DC, for the Clinton Administration.
The big news for SSU students in particular is the opportunity to work on Duff campaign for credits. “I can use all kinds of student help. You name it, we can use you!” she said. “I will gladly give as much credit as the University will allow. I have a great campaign manager and students will have an opportunity to really learn about how a large campaign works and get the chance to meet political players and leaders. It is no secret; I am a big fan of Salem State University and am fully committed to doing whatever I can to help these students.” Please contact info@VoteDuff.comfor more information.
The Democratic primary is Thursday Sept. 6th. “This is the first time we have had a primary on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday,” Duff said, “so I really need my supporters to spread the word and get out and vote!”