MEET THE STATE SENATE CANDIDATES: Michael D. Brady
Michael Brady is the Democratic candidate running for the 2nd Plymouth & Bristol state Senate seat held by the late Democratic Sen. Thomas Kennedy who died in June.
The Brockton resident has been a state representative since 2009 and a member of the Massachusetts State Democratic Committee member for the past 10 years.
Prior to his election to the Statehouse, Brady served on the Brockton School Committee, Ward 2, from 1996 to 1997 and on the Brockton City Council, Ward 2, from 1997 to 2009.
Brady attended Massasoit Community College and is a 1980 graduate of Brockton High School.
What do you see as the three top issues for Easton voters?
I believe that, as a town, Easton has always shown a strong commitment to and investment in the people of the town. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I have successfully worked hard to increase funding for local aid. This is key to make investments in our schools and roadways. We must continue our efforts to combat the opiate abuse epidemic - a problem that exists and impacts every city and town in the Commonwealth. At the same time, we must address and increase access to care for mental health. Unfortunately, many of our veterans are dealing with addiction and mental health issues. We cannot let those who have served fall through the cracks.
I believe that public safety is always a concern for the people of Easton. As vice -chair of the Committee on Public Safety, I worked closely with our police and fire to support funding for police and fire departments.
Easton is a small part of this large district. How will you make sure you are meeting Easton voters’ needs? Describe any time you have spent during your campaign in Easton.
I have spent a considerable amount of time in Easton, long before this campaign began. I enjoy supporting many of the fine eating establishments in Easton. I have supported many of the local charities and groups for years. I am looking forward to the further revitalization of the downtown.
I have always been proud of my commitment to serving constituents, and I would continue this strong commitment moving forward. As a state representative, my constituents know that my phone is always on and that I am always accessible. I’ve campaigned throughout the entire district, making sure to visit and engage with voters in every town and city within. From knocking on countless doors in Easton, to visiting with seniors at Queset on the Pond, to attending a benefit for a family who tragically lost their son to a heroin overdose, I’ve been inspired by the conversations I’ve had with Easton residents. As state senator, I pledge to continue my commitment to being present and visible liaison to the Easton community.
Why are you running for this seat?
I am deeply invested in this district, and my greatest passion is service. I take great pride in my ability to help people as a legislator. Each opportunity to do so inspires me to work even harder the next day with a dedication fueled by an understanding that we, as elected officials, can have a direct and immediate impact to make someone’s life better. I understand the challenges faced by the people here, and have worked closely with the elected officials and community advocates across the district. I would be honored to continue the legacy of my friend, Senator Tom Kennedy.