Matthew Castriotta Announces Run for 5th Worcester District Seat
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Castriotta is a fifteen-year Selectman for the Town of Hubbardston and former President of the Massachusetts Selectman's Association.
"It would be an honor to serve as the State Representative for the 5th Worcester County Distict," Castriotta stated. "In these challenging fiscal times, I pledge to serve with the same common sense and same level of commitment that Senator Brewer and Representative Gobi have demonstrated over the years. Because, at the end of the day, people want to know that government has worked as hard as they have to make ends meet.”
Castriotta and his wife, Wendy, a kindergarten teacher, have three children, Caroline, 14, Ryan, 11, and 8 year old, Shea. Since 1994, he has taught U.S. History, World History, and World Geography at Quabbin Regional Middle School and coached 30 seasons of soccer, indoor and outdoor track, and cross-country, mostly at the varsity level.
Castriotta is a graduate of Quabbin Regional High School (Class of 1984) and Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management (BSM) with concentrations in finance and political science.
While a student at Babson, he started two small businesses, and during a semester abroad worked as a political intern in London, England. Following three and half years at DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) as an investment and financial analyst and later a sales account manager for the banking and insurance industry in Seattle, Washington, he attended Lesley University where he received a Master of Education (EdM) degree. A decade later, while serving as a Selectman, he earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Clark University.
In 1994, Castriotta created the start-up, CrunchTime, a fundraising company that acted as the exclusive broker for the original Tropical Source chocolate bars in schools across the country. As part of their effort to educate students about the connection between their health and the health of our rain forest, he and his partner co-produced Jaguar Trax, a rain forest documentary that has been distributed by the Video Project to schools, colleges and community groups for nearly two decades.
Related Slideshow: New England Communities With the Most Political Clout 2013
The Sunlight Foundation, in conjunction with Azavea, released data maps this week showing political contribution dollars to federal elections dating back to 1990 -- by county.
GoLocal takes a look at the counties in New England that had the highest per-capita contributions in the 2012 election cycle -- and talked with experts about what that meant for those areas in New Engand, as well as the candidates.
24. Cheshire County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.88
Total contributions: $759,209
Cheshire is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire and was founded in 1771. The highest point in Cheshire County is located at the top of Mount Monadnock, which was made famous by the poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
21. Hampshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.41
Total contributions: $1,664,077
Hampshire County has a total area of 545 square miles and is located in the middle of Massachusetts. Hampshire County is also the only county to be surrounded in all directions by other Massachusetts counties.
20. Barnstable County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.90
Total contributions: $2,348,541
Barnstable County was founded in 1685 and has three national protected areas. Cape Cod National Seashore is the most famous protected area within Barnstable County and brings in a high amount of tourists every year.
19. Berkshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $12.49
Total contributions: $1,624,400
Berkshire County is located on the western side of Massachusetts and borders three different neighboring states. Originally the Mahican Native American Tribe inhabited Berkshire County up until the English settlers arrived and bought the land in 1724.
18. Essex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.22
Total contributions: $9,991,201
Essex is located in the northeastern part of Massachusetts and contains towns such as Salem, Lynn, and Andover. Essex was founded in 1643 and because of Essex historical background, the whole county has been designated as the Essex National Heritage Area.
15. Addison County, VT
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $15.49
Total contributions: $569,299
Located on the west side of Vermont, Addison County has a total area of 808 square miles. Addison's largest town is Middlebury, where the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College are located.
11. Bristol County, RI
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.91
Total contributions: $1,027,472
Bristol County has a population of 49,144 and is the third smallest county in the United States. Bristol County was originally apart of Massachusetts, but was transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
10. Grafton County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012 :$20.95
Total contributions: $1,868,739
With a population of 89,181, Grafton County is the second largest county in New Hampshire. Home of New Hampshire’s only national forest, White Mountain National Forest takes up about half of Grafton’s total area
7. Middlesex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $32.81
Total contributions: $50,432,154
Middlesex County has a population of 1,503,085 and has been ranked as the most populous county in New England. The county government was abolished in 1997, but the county boundaries still exists for court jurisdictions and other administrative purposes.
6. Nantucket County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $33.41
Total contributions: $344,021
Nantucket County consists of a couple of small islands and is a major tourist destination in Massachusetts. Normally Nantucket has a population of 10,298, but during the summer months the population can reach up to 50,000.
4. Dukes County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $36.32
Total contributions: $618,960
Consisting of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, Dukes County is one of Massachusetts’ top vacation spots. Originally Dukes County was apart New York, however it was transferred to Massachusetts on October 7, 1691.
3. Suffolk County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $40.73
Total contributions: $30,323,537
Suffolk County has a population of 744,426 and contains Massachusetts’s largest city, Boston. Although Suffolk’s county government was abolished in the late 1900’s, it still remains as a geographic area.
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