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Guest MINDSETTER™ Maura Healey: Candidate for Attorney General

Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

My name is Maura Healey and I’m running for Attorney General. Let me tell you about myself and why I’d like your support on Tuesday September 9.

I’m the oldest of five children. My mom was a school nurse, and my father was the head of his teacher’s union. I was a point guard and captained my college basketball team. After that, I played professional basketball overseas. Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, so when my playing days ended, I went to law school. I became a litigator and spent several years in private practice honing my skills.

In 2007, I took a 70% pay cut to join the Attorney General’s office as head of the Civil Rights Division. It was the best decision of my life. Every day, I stood up for individuals who needed an advocate — people who had been evicted from their homes or had lost their jobs, victims of hate crimes, and children who were bullied.

We need an Attorney General who will take on big fights. I’ve done that. I sued the federal government and got the first victory in court over the Defense of Marriage Act. I negotiated a national settlement with Apple to make their products accessible for students with disabilities. I took on the big banks — winning record settlements for the subprime mortgage and foreclosure crises — and helped set up a program to keep families in their homes.

We need an Attorney General ready to fight for equal rights. I’ve been part of that struggle for years. I worked with the legislature to craft a law protecting women accessing health care services and helped defend that law in court. Later, I oversaw the state’s early work arguing against Hobby Lobby’s efforts to use religion to deny health coverage for women. Now, in the face of a Supreme Court chipping away at women’s rights, I’ll make sure every woman in Massachusetts can access the care she needs.

In October, I decided to run for Attorney General because it’s my dream job – you get to fight for rights, opportunity, and equality every day. I also chose to run, because I know how much important work is left to be done. We need to take on gun violence with a comprehensive approach that stops gun trafficking and addresses the root causes of violence. We need to reform our criminal justice system to focus on treatment and prevention. I hope we don’t go ahead with casinos. But, if we do, we need an Attorney General with the experience protecting consumers to hold the gambling industry accountable. We don’t need one with ties to gaming, like my opponent.

We also need to curb the abuses of for-profit colleges who take advantage of vulnerable students while taxpayers foot the bill. When it comes to vulnerable children in our state, we must do more. That’s why I’ll create a first-of-its-kind Child and Youth Protection Division in the Attorney General’s Office. And we need to tackle income inequality by raising the minimum wage, protecting vulnerable workers, and supporting unionization.

Ten months ago, I’d never run for office. I’d never raised a dime or asked for a vote. My opponent is a long-time politician and has the backing of Beacon Hill. I’m not running for the support of the political establishment. I’m running to lead an office that stands up for individuals who need an experienced advocate. I’m running to be the people’s lawyer.

On Tuesday, September 9, you can choose the next Attorney General. I ask for your vote.

 

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