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NEW: Lt. Governor Candidate Arena-DeRosa Announces Campaign Staff

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


Candidate for Lt. Governor, James Arena-DeRosa

Democrat James Arena-DeRosa has announced that Dan Murphy will serve as campaign manager in the former USDA Administrator's bid for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor.

Dan Murphy has worked on statewide contests for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Michael Capuano, and managed a number of congressional, district, and municipal campaigns in Massachusetts, including for his twin brother, Patrick Murphy, who recently completed a term as Mayor of the City of Lowell. He will serve as Campaign Manager.

“I’m excited about joining James Arena-DeRosa’s campaign and to be working with such a talented and energetic staff, committed to progressive values and interested in engaging all parts of our Commonwealth,” stated Murphy. “We are all thrilled to have found a candidate in James who has the experience and wisdom to lead, who cares about the issues and finding solutions to them, and is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for the cities, towns, and the people of our state.”

Other key additions

Scott Ferson will serve as a Senior Advisor. A former Press Secretary to Senator Edward Kennedy, he has also provided communications counsel to a number of notable candidates, including Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Congressman Stephen Lynch. Ferson is a veteran of numerous political campaigns and brings thirty years of experience working with traditional and new media to develop strategic communications strategy.

Matt Barron will serve as Director of Western Massachusetts. Barron has over thirty years experience working for campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. A former staffer for Congressman John Olver and several state legislators, he has extensive experience in legislative affairs and matters of rural policy. Barron served on President Obama’s Agricultural & Rural Policy Committee during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Michael Harty will be the Volunteer Director. Harty has worked at the State House on the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, and on several campaigns; most recently, as the Director of Out-of-State Volunteers in Colorado for Organizing for America.

Brady Moore has been brought on as Finance Director. Moore has experience in political and nonprofit fundraising and management and recently was the Major Gifts Associate for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Molly Horan will serve as Press Secretary. Horan has an array of both political and corporate communications experience. Prior to Liberty Square Group, Horan served as Communications Director to State Senator Eileen Donoghue.


Related Slideshow: 9 Challenges Facing Worcester’s New City Manager

Now the Edward Augustus is serving as City Manager for Worcester, GoLocal reached out to the city's leaders to find out what they believe are the biggest challenges Augustus will face in his new role. 

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Keep Forward Momentum

Paul Giorgio, publisher of Pagio, Inc. and a GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™:

“Priority One: Keep up the momentum.

Two: Work with the mayor on creating a task force for the north end of Main Street.

Three: Insure that we keep our school renovation plan on track.”

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Economic Development

Councilor Anthony Economou:

“Economic development is huge. We have a lot going on, and we have to keep the momentum up,” Economou said. “Make sure we don't miss a beat. You don't want to lose a period of nine months and not have forward progress.”

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Financial Management

Roberta Schaefer, former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau:

Schaefer said continuing the sound financial management of former City Manager Michael O'Brien was the greatest task for Augustus. But in addition to financial questions, she called for Augustus to “follow the lead of Michael O'Brien, to make sure he represents all the interests of the city, as the CEO of the city.

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Business Climate

Tim Murray, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce:

In addition to budgeting and economic development, Murray pointed to fostering the business climate in the city. “Try to make Worcester as business-friendly a place as possible,” he said. Whether through permitting, customer service, or other incentive, “whatever we can do to make the city a supportive (place for business).”

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Budget Concerns

Christopher Pinto, member of the Worcester Republican City Committee:

“Can he really do pension reform? Can he spare the taxpayers from more abusive taxes?” asked Pinto, who wonders what Augustus will do about the Responsible Employer Ordinance and how the new city manager will make appointments to boards and commissions.

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Capital Improvements

Councilor Frederick Rushton:

Rushton said the number one challenge Augustus will face is following through toward new buildings and/or renovations to area high schools in need of capital improvements.

"Second," he said, “is completing CitySquare.”

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Public Safety

Councilor Sarai Rivera:

Rivera points to economic development, neighborhood development, and continuing to support public safety and public service, as well as “working with private and labor to support the (Responsible Employer Ordinance) and look into an apprentice program.”

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Neighborhood Development

Councilor George Russell:

“It's not necessarily 'A, B, and C,' it's more what you want to see overall,” Russell said. “For me, it's more neighborhood orientation.”

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Collective Bargaining

Councilor Anthony Economou:

Economou also cited the upcoming task of collective bargaining with union city workers. “One of the challenges will be the contracts,” Economou said. “I imagine it's on his radar, to get those discussions going.”


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