The job of State Representative is not an entry-level position: it requires extensive qualifications and relevant experience to be ready on Day One. Sean is the only candidate with proven and significant public service experience working in and for the community and in government at both state and local levels in both paid and volunteer capacities.
Family and Community Launching Pad
- Born and raised in Marshfield
- Grew up as part of a working-class union family
- Began community service while in high school
- Graduate of Marshfield High School
- Stonehill College, B.A. degree, Political Science & International Studies
- Worked 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
Legislative Director, Rep. Bruce Ayers (Quincy), 2014-2018
- Worked with legislators, staff, and governmental departments to shape legislation and build consensus
- Established working relationships and trust
- Learned how to effectively advocate for the district, including hands-on experience with formulating bills and getting legislation passed
- Delivered constituent services (analyzed complex problems, found resources, brokered solutions)
- Worked with House of Representatives Coastal Coalition to address maritime infrastructure and flood insurance issues for coastal towns
- Policy successes included:
- Budgetary language to increase funding formula for state aid to local councils on aging and allocating another $2.8 million annually to senior centers across Massachusetts
- Wrote a bill that became part of a recently-passed omnibus Alzheimer’s treatment bill, increasing assistance options for those suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s
- Analyzed complex policy issues to formulate sound solutions to meet community needs within budgetary constraints
Public Service In and For Marshfield:
Brought a new volunteer energy to local government and a practical, down-to-earth leadership style to nourish Marshfield Public Schools:
- Since 2011, has volunteered as Advisor for Marshfield High School’s nonpartisan Youth & Government Club, mentoring hundreds of students and building real-world appreciation of the importance of civic engagement. Served on state-wide program’s Board of Directors since 2012.
- Early supporter of the new Marshfield High School in 2011, from concept through door-knocking to build support. The school earned voters' approval in 2011 and opened in 2014.
- In 2015, elected to the Marshfield School Committee, the youngest person ever elected in Marshfield’s 378-year history. Has served as Chair since 2016, and his effectiveness led to his election to a second term in 2017.
- In 2018, 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.
- Authored a first-of-its-kind resolution opposing the implementation of PARCC testing in place of MCAS, citing undue burden on students and teachers.
Sean is ready to serve, ready to lead, and ready to hit the ground running on day one, rolling up his sleeves to work with the community and his Beacon Hill colleagues on the important issues facing the district where he has lived his entire life. Sean’s door will always be open to listening to the interests and concerns of his constituents, and acting on them.