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About Eileen

Eileen Duff, daughter of Mary Galluzzi Duff and the late Paul Duff, is a native of Peabody, MA where she was raised in a politically aware and active family. Duff interned twice in the Massachusetts State House, and later on Capitol Hill for Congressman Nicholas Mavroules while she was a student in Washington DC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a Doctoral Degree in Ministry. 

Eileen later received a Presidential appointment from President Clinton to work as Confidential Assistant to Commissioner Rachelle Chong at the FCC in Washington, where she won many awards for public service. She chose to return to Massachusetts to be closer to her family and currently resides on Cape Ann. Eileen previously worked for the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston as a Chaplain.

Since assuming the office of Governor's Councillor in 2013, Eileen has used her background in consensus building and public policy to ensure that there is a level playing field for all judicial applicants and to ensure fair trials for ordinary citizens. “I think we have seen the days of pay to play come to an end. I want to make sure everyone gets a fair deal -- the right to a fair trial is inherent in our democracy," Eileen says. "Let’s keep the 6th and 7th amendments vibrant and make sure we use common sense in vetting our judges. Judicial appointments should be neither a rubber stamp by the Governor’s Council, nor should the individuals be unfairly scrutinized. I’d like to help insure a balance.”

Eileen is not a lawyer and has always been completely impartial in her position as Governor's Councillor. “My background in public policy has provided me with a comprehensive view of not only how the system works, but how it should work," she says. "I have nothing personal to gain by backing any particular appointment. I’d like to put my expertise to work for working citizens. Justices should be for all, not just for those who have something privately to gain.”

 

PLATFORM

I was raised in a family where I was encouraged to take action and be part of the solution. My father was active in local and state democratic politics and my mother worked both in the State House for Governor Herter, and later in the US Capitol for the Eisenhower Administration. Both my parents led by example. My youngest sister Terri has Down Syndrome. When she was born, there were few or no resources providing education and support for children with special needs. Instead of accepting that fact, my mother led others in the community to form the “Peabody Parent’s of Children with Special Needs.” Their leadership and determination to help others in the community allowed for policy change that created tangible benefits for all students. That attitude and drive is what I, as Governor's Councillor, bring with me when tackling the issues facing our district. 

I want to continue stepping up and being a leader for my district. I believe that there is a lot more right with our State than is wrong with it. So let's work together for more progress. 

With your vote, I want to continue being part of the solution.

ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM THROUGH PRUDENT AND DELIBERATE EXAMINATION OF GUBERNATORIAL JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS.

ACCOUNTABILTY

Accountability of both the Governor’s Council, as well as the appointed justices.

Let’s keep the 6th and 7th amendments vibrant and make sure we use common sense in vetting our judges. Judicial appointments should be neither a rubber stamp by the Governor’s Council, nor should the individuals be unfairly scrutinized. I’d like to help insure a balance.

CIVILITY AND FAIR-MINDEDNESS

Civility and Fair-mindedness Hearings should be a place to learn about potential justices, not a time for political embarrassment and humiliation. I would work to restore an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

 

TRANSPERANCY

Transparency I believe it is in the public’s best interest to know who has applied for various Judicial appointments, not just the final candidate.

COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK

Communication and teamwork is what is needed for the Judicial system to function properly. Our regional representatives in law enforcement support the need to fill court vacancies with competent and qualified candidates that reflect the communities we serve.

I will work to insure that the Governor’s administration understands the needs of the area, and also understands that people of the 5th District have the talent and ability to fill vacancies from within our own communities.

ENDORSEMENTS

 Congressman Seth Moulton

Congressman Seth Moulton

 State Representative Diana DiZoglio

State Representative Diana DiZoglio

 Mayor Ted Bettencourt

Mayor Ted Bettencourt

 Gloucester Times

Gloucester Times

 Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas

Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas

 State Representative Colleen Garry

State Representative Colleen Garry

 Mayor Kim Driscoll

Mayor Kim Driscoll

 Lowell Sun

Lowell Sun

 State Representative Brian Dempsey

State Representative Brian Dempsey

 Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

 The Salem News

The Salem News

JOIN US FOR SOME FUN-FILLED EVENTS! 

Pride with Eileen!

Celebrate pride month with Eileen on Thursday, June 21st! We hope to see you there! 

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email voteduff@gmail.com