Casey Kicks Off His Campaign and Emphasizes the Arts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 9, 2018
Contact: Tim Casey
Franklin, MA – On Thursday night, April 5, Patrick Casey gathered his supporters to officially kick off his campaign to represent Franklin and portions of Medway as State Representative for the 10th District of Norfolk County. Casey emphasized the importance of restoring transparency and integrity on Beacon Hill. "One of the reasons I am running to represent this district is the lack of transparency and leadership on Beacon Hill. Many of you may have heard about the 40% pay raise that our current State Representative and other Democratic legislators decided to give themselves in January 2017. However, most people are unaware that it was rammed through the House and Senate as ‘emergency legislation’. What kind of emergency could it possibly have been?”
Immediately following his campaign kick-off, Casey turned the political spotlight to the vital importance of the arts in the life of the local community. To bring attention the arts, on Saturday, April 7 Casey visited the Franklin Senior Center to attend the Franklin Cultural Council’s Community Arts Advocacy Day, a workshop in which local artists learn how to hone non-for-profit grant-writing skills, promote arts awareness, and provide arts education to community-based organizations. Then, on Sunday, April 8, Casey attended the installation of a new exhibit of the historic books originally donated by Benjamin Franklin to the Town of Franklin to establish the first public library in the United States. “The arts have always been central to the American experience, from the times in which Benjamin Franklin lived through today. The arts bring a moderating influence to our cultural experience and to our politics. Without them, our country and our state would be poorer indeed” said Casey.
Casey now turns his attention to visits throughout the district to meet the people he seeks to serve in the Massachusetts State House.
Patrick Casey’s campaign office can be reached by PHONE at 508-530-8220, by EMAIL at , and by Social Media at "Patrick Casey for State Representative" (Facebook) and @PatCaseyMA (Twitter). The website is https://www.PatrickCasey.org. See attached photo.
Franklin Town Council’s Casey seeks state rep. seat
PATRICK CASEY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2018
Contact: Tim Casey
Franklin, MA – Today, Patrick Casey of Franklin announced that he is a candidate for State Representative for the 10th Norfolk District. Casey’s campaign has organized with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance and is in the process of collecting the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Casey highlighted that, as a young Republican, he is uniquely qualified to bring a fresh perspective to a Massachusetts House of Representatives long dominated by single-party control. “It is unhealthy in any democratic institution that one party control the levers of power for so long” said Casey, referring to the fact that the Democratic party has controlled the lower house of the General Court uninterruptedly since 1955. “The time for new ideas is now.”
“My campaign will focus on three themes. First, there is a need for transparency and accountability in all of state government. This is obvious to anyone who has followed state politics for any length of time.” Casey said. “Second, fiscal discipline is critical in both good times and bad. Massachusetts has incurred a budget deficit for 12 straight years. Can you imagine what would happen if you tried to manage your home budget that way?” The third theme is to eradicate the scourge of drug addiction that is permeating the country, with particular effect on Northeast states. “We cannot grow complacent in this war. Drug addiction ruins the lives of its victims and their families, and is already impacting the wider community. We must do all we can to stamp out this evil and do what we can to restore the victims and their families to normal, productive lives.”
The 10th Norfolk District consists of the town of Franklin and three precincts in Medway. Election Primary Day is September 4th and General Election Day November 6th.
Patrick Casey’s campaign office can be reached by PHONE at 508-530-8220, by EMAIL at , and by Social Media at "Patrick Casey for State Representative" (Facebook) and @PatCaseyMA (Twitter). The website is http://www.patrickcaseyPatrickCasey.org
THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT PATRICK CASEY
By Scott Calzolaio
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM
FRANKLIN – Town Council member Patrick Casey has pulled papers to run as a Republican for the state rep seat for the 10th Norfolk District.
Incumbent and Democrat state Rep. Jeff Roy is the only other person to pull papers for the seat. The election will take place on Nov. 6. Candidates require 150 signatures to qualify as a candidate.
Casey was elected to the council in November 2017 and is one of the first of two millennials now serving on the town council.
He said that when ran for council he didn’t have his sights on the state seat. But when he started to realize that there are many people in the district who have the same thoughts and principles as he does, he said, he decided to it might be good to offer a conservative perspective in the Democrat-dominated Massachusetts House.
“I think it’s just the right time in my life to go for it,” he said. ”
He said from what he observed, the 10th Norfolk District has a relatively heavy, but somewhat hidden, conservative population that has been looking for the right candidate to project their views.
“I think both the GOP and the Democratic Party are trying to find a true identity right now,” he said. “It seems pretty fractured, it is a bizarre time.”
He said that seeking the middle ground between both parties in this politically tense era is something he hopes to enforce and implement, if elected.
Casey said he feels strongly about the opioid crisis. Volunteering on the advisory council for the SAFE coalition to combat addiction on a local level, he hopes that if elected he’ll be able to further advocate for state funding to help put a stop to the epidemic and addiction in general.
“I can speak about people I went to high school with that have passed away because of this issue,” he said. “Finding more treatment for people who need it, and finding education for kids as early as possible so they’re aware from the onset of the effects of opioids is so important.”
He said that bringing more awareness and attention to the crucial issue starts at the local level, and though overdose fatalities have slightly declined due to the use of Narcan, there is clearly much work to be done.
On other big-picture issues in Massachusetts such as DACA and transgender rights, Casey said he believes there is an unheard republican voice in the district that he would like to bring out.
“With issues like immigration, transgender bills, it’s just about having a more conservative voice in there to represent those constituents of Franklin and Medway.”
DACA he said, is a complicated topic to take a solid side on right now, seeing the issue from both angles.
“I can see why republicans get very nervous of just throwing up their hands and letting these people get off scott free, it can lead to a lot of other people pouring in,” he said. “It’s a really tough issue. It kills your heart, and it’s the last thing you want to see happen with these families, but I think one thing leads to the next if you’re not careful with these sorts of decisions.”
He said he plans on working with school committees and youth programs to educate students and parents on the effects of these issues in their own towns.