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 At Law practicing criminal and civil law since 1998
- Special Prosecutor in Worcester County 2008 to present
- Oxford Selectman and Police Commissioner 1997-2000, 2003-2013
- Nichols College Trustee 2015 to present
- Corporator for Webster Five Cents Savings Bank 2011 to present
- Worcester State College Trustee 2002 to 2006
- Adjunct Professor, Government Studies & Sociology MA/CT
- Member, Harrington Memorial Hospital Corporation 2010 to 2016
- Juris Doctor – New England School of Law 1995 to 1998
- Executive Case and Note Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement (1997 to 1998)
- Master of Business Administration – Nichols College 1998 to 2000
- Bachelor of Arts – Assumption College, Magna Cum Laude, 1991 to 1995
Jen’s Proven Record
- Victims’ Rights Advocate
- Proponent of the Judicial Accountability Act to hold Judges Accountable to the People
- Vocal Opponent of Judicial Activism
- Supporter of Second Amendment Rights
- Effective and Courageous Leader for the people of the 7th District