After careful consideration and many discussions with my wife Melissa, family and friends, as well as leaders I respect, I have decided once again to run for the Massachusetts State Senate for the district representing Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Sandwich.
Over the years I have been very active in our communities, because I believe it is important that we leave our state better off for the next generation. As a father, I want my children and your children to have more opportunities not less.
Let me tell you a little about my background.
Eight years ago I had the honor of being appointed to the Sandwich Economic Development Committee. I served as Chairman for two years. I was then elected twice to the Sandwich Board of Selectmen serving as its Chairman and Vice Chairman for two years. More recently I completed serving my third term on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates as Sandwich’s elected official and Deputy Speaker to the Assembly.
My community service also includes serving on:
• Water Quality Review Committee for six years,
• Board of Selectmen Economics liaison to the Economic Development Committee for six years,
• Cemetery Commissioner for six years,
• Assembly of Delegates Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, three years,
• The 21st Century Taskforce to review the Cape Cod Commission and draft operational changes to the County Commissioners for one year,
• President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association for two years and Board of Directors for four years, and
• Member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Selectmen and Councilors’ Association of Massachusetts for two years.
Along with these elected and appointed positions I’ve been involved in many ad hoc and civic initiatives. It’s been an honor to serve and work with the public and it’s been an extremely rewarding experience.
In public service I’ve always fought for transparency in government, rejected short term thinking, held those in public service accountable to the public and spoken out for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. I believe by doing so I’ve earned the respect of my colleagues, not because they always agree with my philosophy on smaller, less intrusive, and frugal government, but because they know they can trust me, which is evidenced by being consistently elected to leadership roles on the committees I’ve served. More importantly, I earned the respect of the people I represented.
Professionally, in 1998 I entered into private practice and founded Keyes Quality Systems where I provide consulting and contract services to my customers in many areas of operational excellence. More specifically, I provide services focused on management system development and auditing, ethics and compliance, reduction of non-value added activities, and corporate restructuring.
Our state is at a very serious crossroad. We need new leadership on Beacon Hill that will tackle the tough issues, put our state on the road to recovery and restore integrity.
As your next State Senator, you can count on me not just to talk about an issue, but to take action. Here are just a few items that I will initiate to put our state back on track.
• Strengthen our Economy
• Restore Integrity
• Control State Spending
• Help You Keep More of Your Money by Lowering Our Tax Burden
• Improve Education
As we proceed in this campaign I will be further outlining my ideas for reforms. Please stay tuned by following us on facebook and twitter and by signing up for our newsletter.
The next generation is counting on us to make wise decisions and tough choices that leave our state in better shape for the future. Won’t you please join me in this important campaign?
With deepest gratitude,
Thomas F. Keyes
Candidate for Senate
Plymouth & Barnstable District