Candidate Profiles: Bill Galvin and Anthony Amore

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William Galvin and Anthony Amore are running against each other for Massachusetts Secretary of State. The Secretary of State handles public information, historical information and record keeping, along with election laws and information.

William Galvin

William Galvin, the Democratic nominee, has been the Secretary of State since 1995. He is running on a platform that supports paper ballots, and has previously accomplished a great deal of voter reform. He created easier registration options such as online voter registration and pre registration. He also implemented early voting and made absentee ballots simpler. He is known for improving access to voting, including making early voting available for primaries and municipal elections as well as allowing voting on multiple days. He also opposes Trump and refused to give Trump specific voter information.

Galvin graduated from Boston College and was first elected to the House in 1975. He has been Secretary of State for six terms so far. He was previously criticized for his earlier anti-abortion and LGBT+ rights stances, though he has since assumed a pro-choice stance and supports LGBT+ rights.

 

Anthony Amore

Anthony Amore is the Republican candidate running against William Galvin for Secretary of State. He has previously worked at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as a security director, a job which he had for 12 years. He arrived at the time of the still unsolved infamous art  heist in 1990. He has also worked as a Department of Homeland Security official overseeing security measures being strengthened at Logan International Airport after the terrorist attack known as 9/11 in 2001. Amore earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island and  went on to obtain a master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Amore’s previous political experience includes assuming the position of a town meeting member in Swampscott, MA.

Amore has three main issues he wants to address: securing elections, transparency, and strategic planning. He strongly dislikes the election system and criticizes Galvin for its shortcomings. Amore promises to rebuild the system, making it safer and more accessible, using the knowledge he’s gained while working at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He wishes to implement weekend voting and automatic voter registration, should they become law. He also strongly believes in transparency between the public and their government. He claims that under Galvin, Massachusetts has one of the nation’s worst reputations in terms of the accessibility of public records. Amore aims to fix this by opening up the records to the public. Lastly, he strongly supports strategic planning. He claims that Galvin has no strategic plan for his organization and if Amore himself were to be elected, he would be sure to begin a strategic planning process so the people of Massachusetts will know where he is, where he goes, and how he gets there. Amore says, “I have long felt a call to public service, and have spent my career protecting both my fellow citizens and some of the public’s most valuable works of art.” (northofboston.wickedlocal.com).

Along with his top three issues, Amore has also made other promises and connections with political figures. He has pledged that he will be a collaborative partner with popular Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker. He also believes in focusing on administering law and government accountability. He has promised that he will ensure that state’s businesses, big and small, are armed with the resources they need to establish themselves, grow, and prosper. He promises that law enforcement officers will be able to use alias addresses when establishing businesses so that they are able to file public records without fear for the safety of their families. Amore is open about his ideas on what he will improve if he’s elected, but more reserved about his personal opinions on important issues that don’t have to do with his big three, such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights.

Amore appeared on TV and in a clip that you can find on https://www.wcvb.com discussing how he feels about 2018’s ballot questions and how he will be voting. He will be voting “no” on Question 1, which discusses mandating nursing staffing levels. A “no” vote on this question means that the current laws will stay in place and nothing will change surrounding nurse-to-patient limits. However, Amore states that he may change his vote when the policy commission numbers come out. For question 2, which would create a commission to limit the influence of money and corporate money in elections, Amore votes no and says, “I think that Citizens United (a Supreme Court case which regulates how corporations can contribute to elections) is the law of the land. The Supreme Court ruled on it already” (wcbv.com). The third and final question addresses trans rights in public spaces. Amore says he will be voting “yes”, saying, “I believe we have had a chance to see how the law works, and I don’t like to see anybody discriminated against” (wcvb.com).

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