It is with great pride that I announce my intent to run for the Office of Sheriff in Essex County. I am a practicing attorney, and a former Massachusetts State Trooper, and this campaign marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for me. After nearly three decades of service in law enforcement and private legal practice, this will be my first time running for public office. I intend to bring my education and practical experience in the fields of criminal justice and law, as well as compassion, understanding, and an open mind, to the Office of Sheriff in Essex County. Outside of the professional realm, I am a husband to my wife Mary of 35 years, father to two grown children, and grandfather to a beautiful baby girl. I am also a son of Lynn, the city where I grew up, where I met my wife, and where we raised our kids. My family is rooted in the Lynn area—I have a brother who is one of the District Chiefs of the Lynn Fire Department, another brother who is a Captain of the Swampscott Fire Department, and a sister who is an Assistant Chief Probation Officer in the Essex County Superior Court in Salem. I have always felt grateful for the start I got in Essex County, and for the many wonderful enduring friendships and professional relationships I have formed here. I am very optimistic about this opportunity to serve the residents of Essex County as Sheriff. I intend to work closely with the employees of the Sheriff’s Office to set a positive tone, boost and maintain morale, and establish a high level of trust. I plan to build on the strengths and achievements of the current Sheriff and Department, but I will also aim to evaluate the effectiveness of all of the services that the Department provides to the County, so that we can maximize efficiency and put tax dollars to their best use. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible so that I can learn about the needs and concerns of the residents of Essex County, and also have the opportunity to share more about my background and experience. Above all, I would like you to know that I will work hard to earn your trust and vote.