A lifelong Marshfield resident, Sean is a model of hard work, community commitment, and qualification for office on Day One. With nearly a decade of tangible experience in both local and state government, Sean demonstrates every day that his priority is service to others. He will be a tireless and effective advocate for Marshfield and Scituate on Beacon Hill, drawing on his first-hand experience getting innovative things done on Beacon Hill.
Sean’s family has maintained deep ties to the South Shore for generations. His mother Sherry is a realtor in Marshfield, Scituate, and surrounding towns, and his father Phil was a union member and is now an engineer. His sister Cara works as a behavioral therapist in a specialized school.
After graduating from Marshfield High School, Sean attended Stonehill College, where he received a degree in Political Science & International Studies. His first involvement in politics was working on former Rep. Jim Cantwell’s campaigns, first as an intern in 2008 and eventually rising to Field Director as part of Jim's key leadership team.
In 2014, Sean began working for State Rep. Bruce Ayers (Quincy) on Beacon Hill, where he gained intimate knowledge of how the legislative process works and how a Representative can effectively advocate for his or her district. In his 4 years working at the State House, he delivered constituent services, helped write legislation, and worked with lawmakers and administrative departments to get bills enacted into law. He is using that experience base to set the goal of responding to every constituent services request within 24 hours.
Sean's qualifications as a candidate are highlighted by some of his policy successes working at the State House. He was instrumental in writing budgetary language that increased the funding formula for state aid to local councils on aging, allocating another $2.8 million annually to senior centers across the state. He also wrote a bill that became part of a recently-passed omnibus Alzheimer's treatment bill, specifically dealing with increasing assistance options for those suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's. These are important accomplishments for all of our families.
In addition to his relevant work experience, Sean has sustained his community activism on behalf of Marshfield since 2008. As a volunteer, Sean has brought a new energy to local government and a hands-on leadership style to Marshfield Public Schools:
- In 2011, he was one of the earliest voices advocating for a new Marshfield High School, citing the importance of a functional facility for 21st century learning. Working as Secretary for the NewMHS Campaign Committee, Sean knocked on thousands of doors to build community support for the initiative, which earned voters' approval in 2011 and opened in 2014.
- Since 2011, he has volunteered as the Advisor for Marshfield High School’s nonpartisan Youth & Government Club, where he has mentored hundreds of students, build their appreciation of the importance of civic engagement. He has been a member of the state-wide Youth & Government program’s Board of Directors since 2012, bringing to that state program the same quality leadership that he has contributed to education in Marshfield.
- In 2015, Sean was elected to his first term on the Marshfield School Committee, the youngest person ever elected in Marshfield’s 378-year history. He has served as Chair since 2016, and his effectiveness led to his election to a second term on the committee. School Committee Chair is a volunteer role that can take up to 25 hours a week during "peak season."
- Sean was a lead spokesperson in opposition to the proposed 2016 ballot question to lift the cap on charter schools, which would allow private organizations to drain funds from public education without adequate reimbursement. His media appearances on that issue included a debate on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” and on WCVB Channel 5.
- In 2018 Sean led the initiative to gain the Marshfield Board of Selectmen's approval for universal, tuition-free Full Day Kindergarten, improving early childhood education and saving Marshfield families $3,000 per year without a significant budget increase, without cutting programs or positions, and without an override.
In addition, while working on Beacon Hill, Sean authored a first-of-its-kind resolution in the Massachusetts House opposing the implementation of PARCC testing in place of MCAS, citing undue burden on students and teachers.
Sean’s greatest assets include his passion for the district (where he grew up and has lived his entire life), his vast experience in government and community service, and his proven track record of success. He will hit the ground running on Day 1, rolling up his sleeves to work with the community and his Beacon Hill colleagues on the important issues facing our district. Sean’s door will always be open to hearing the interests and concerns of his constituents.