Editor's note: Tracy Post (I-Yarmouth) is running for Lt. Governor this November. To learn more about her candidacy, visit her website here. Her running mate is fellow independent and gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick.
By Tracy Post
I am running for Lieutenant Governor as an independent because I believe the time has come when the people need to take back their government from the party system and Beacon Hill insiders. Jeff McCormick and I believe that it is time to put people before politics.
Throughout my life and career I have learned how to listen to people, learn about their concerns, and take action to make the world around me a better place. I believe that public service is an honor that I take very seriously and now I want to take my experience as a local elected official to Beacon Hill.
As a mother of a teenager, a member of the Yarmouth Board or Selectmen, and a wife of a 20 year Army veteran, I know the conversations that the people of the Commonwealth are having about how to pay their bills, find a good job, provide a good education for their kids, and make each day better than their last.
All of my public service has been in the town of Yarmouth, but I know the issues that affect cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Unfunded mandates, tight school budgets, chapter 90 funding, housing and homelessness issues, and the recent spike in heroin use, these are all issues that I have spent a great deal of time working on.
I view my role as Lieutenant Governor not as just a rubber stamp for the agenda set by Jeff, but as a partner who brings a different set of skills to the table that will influence decision making, policy, and how we approach governing. I know firsthand how local officials can be ignored by Beacon Hill, I have lived it during my years of public service. We need more transparency, accountability, communication, and partnerships from Beacon Hill. A McCormick-Post administration will deliver on all of these fronts.
I know the issues in Yarmouth are not the same as they are in Lowell, Springfield, or New Bedford. I joined this campaign because like Jeff, I want to solve problems for the people of the Commonwealth. His experience growing small companies and creating jobs with my experience as a local elected official and working mother, make us a very strong team.
Public service involves hard work and a willingness to get involved to make changes. We need to change the culture on Beacon Hill and start making the best decisions for the people of the Commonwealth. Jeff and I promise that we will not be tied to the special interests who, with their high paid lobbyists and vocal constituencies, drown out the voices of the hard working people of Massachusetts on Beacon Hill. It is time to put people before politics.