As the September 1 primary approaches, I’m sure there has been plenty of opportunity to get to know the candidates for the 16th Suffolk district of Revere, Chelsea, and Saugus. But in case you’re still making up your mind on who you want on Beacon Hill representing your community for the next two years, I wanted to share my personal experience of what Joe Gravellese is all about.
Joe was my roommate at Boston College starting all the way back when we were freshmen, and he was the best man at my wedding. So sure, you’d expect a friend to say good things, but having lived with him for years and knowing firsthand what kind of person he is, I wouldn’t admire him as I do if I hadn’t been given a reason all this time. Joe is morally grounded, resolute, and decisive. He is a rare combination of intelligent and articulate. And his conviction in his beliefs is matched only by how much thought and reason went into forming those beliefs in the first place.
But with performative activism rampant on social media, knowing what’s required to turn words into action is Joe’s secret sauce. The man is all about policy nuts and bolts. You can’t help but be impressed – and even a bit amused – after getting another late-night text from your best friend about a new idea for how to keep housing affordable or his latest thoughts on improving public transportation. And having worked behind the scenes at both the local and state level as the right-hand man to both Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo and Marblehead Representative Lori Ehrlich, he’s seen what it takes to get the gears of local government turning.
For Joe, being elected as your state representative is no personal opportunity; it’s a true aspiration for public service. It’s a chance to do the most good for the most people, right now. And in the years that I’ve known him, the number one thing that I know for certain is that you can always, always rely on Joe to make things happen. After a decade and a half, I’ve learned to stop marveling at how well things turn out when Joe is on it. Imagine what a man like that can do with a real platform for change.
I could go on and on about the strengths of Joe’s candidacy. He is the most singularly impressive person I’ve had the good fortune to be close to. Having known Joe so personally for so long, I can say that there is not a soul on this Earth that I would trust implicitly to lead me anywhere more than him. Be sure to vote in the primary on September 1st, and if you live in the 16th Suffolk in Massachusetts, you would be doing yourself and your neighbors a great service to choose Joe Gravellese to represent your district in 2021 and beyond.
This letter will serve as my personal endorsement of Philip J. Russo for the office of state representative covering the 16th district, Suffolk County, which includes Chelsea, Revere and Saugus.
As the Silver Senator my area includes the age group 50+ and the veterans known as the senior citizens. Do know that the senior citizens support Philip J. Russo.
Philip is a man of integrity and commitment, most assuredly to the City of Revere as well as Chelsea and Saugus and all that relates to the foundation of the family of humanity. He seeks the knowledge to better serve Chelsea, Revere and Saugus because he participates in on-going activities and organizations to connect with these communities. He wants to be an honorable public servant.
There is a very distinct percentage of undecided voters who can make important changes in the upcoming Primary, September 1, 2020, and the Presidential Election, to be held November 3, 2020. Now is the time to use that vote! Philip J. Russo is a write-in candidate on the Republican Primary ballot for September 1, 2020.
Remember to add his name on the Republican Primary ballot to vote for him.
This is an unprecedented time in history for everyone. Let us unite together for the benefit of all!
Listen, Think and know that this is the time to make a difference!
Judith A. Robicheau
Massachusetts Silver Senator Legislature