As a Selectman for over 10 years (and Chairman for the last 5), I understand budgets and how important it is to scrutinize government spending. Taxpayers’ money should be spent wisely and there must be accountability at the end of the day. While a Trustee at Worcester State College, I was a strong advocate for controlling spending and keeping Worcester State affordable for our students. As a Selectman, it was a regular exercise.
Accountability on issues that matter to people has always been a priority for me. Public safety has always been important to me, personally and professionally. Protecting the public and ensuring that victims are treated with respect play an important role in how I vote on the Council. If re-elected, I will continue to ask judicial candidates the tough questions about their values and beliefs as to public safety and victims’ rights. As an Attorney who practices criminal law, and as a special prosecutor and police commissioner, I fully appreciate the need to protect the public and the need for conscientious judges who care about public safety. I am committed to putting the public interest before special interests, and party politics.
Primarily, the Governor’s Council approves judges, clerks and votes of commutations and pardons. The Council also undertakes other tasks, but these are the most important. People who know me, know that I am a straight shooter and will vote to approve the best candidates, regardless of their political affiliation, last name or the size of the checks they donated to political candidates. I will continue asking the tough questions and fighting for accountability and transparency on the Council, which means making the confirmation hearings more accessible to the public and looking into a judicial performance review process.
I will not be a “good ole boy,” or “rubber-stamp” (to which the Council has been referred).
- Attorney – Full-time Diversified Law Practice (1998 to present)
- Oxford Board of Selectmen (1997-2000, 2003 – 2013, Chairman 2006 to 2012)
- Oxford Planning Board (2000 – 2003)
- Special Assistant District Attorney, Worcester County (For Select Cases)
- Special Prosecutor for the Middle District for Worcester County
- Corporator for the Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
- Worcester State College Trustee, 2002-2006
- Trustee, Nichols College (2015 to present)
- Legislative Assistant; Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1997
- Legislative Assistant; Massachusetts Senate, 1996
- Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach/Graduate Asst., Nichols College 1998-2000
- Juris Doctor-New England School of Law
- Master of Business Administration, Nichols College
- Bachelor of Arts-Assumption College, Magna Cum Laude,
Oxford High School
Jen’s Priorities in Voting
- Public Safety/ Due Process
In my opinion, the first priority of a judge in our criminal courts should be public safety. I ask nominees tough questions about their values and beliefs on public safety issues and victims’ rights.
- Respect for Rule of Law and the Separation of Power
“We do not need activist judges who want to legislate from the bench. If a person wants to change a law, or create a new one, it should be done through the legislative process.”
- Protecting Law Abiding Citizen’s Second Amendment Rights
“The Second Amendment rights of lawful citizens must be protected. Judges have a sworn duty to uphold the law and this means respecting and protecting the rights of lawful citizens to bear arms. I do my best to vet nominees on this issue. I am the only member of the Council who asks nominees if they believe the Second Amendment applies to the people of Massachusetts. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. The City of Chicago (2010), the United States Supreme Court has said clearly that the Second Amendment applies to people of the United States through the Fourteenth Amendment. I have voted against nominees who have not demonstrated a respect for the law of the land and will continue to do so.”