Pledging to continue working to reform Norfolk County government with modern-day best practices, County Commissioner Joseph P. Shea of Quincy announces he will be on the ballot for re-election in the Democratic Primary Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The top two vote-getters in the Democratic primary for county commissioner will advance to the Nov. 3rd general election.
Shea, who is widely respected as Quincy’s former city clerk, has served as a county commissioner since 2015. He is known for his trusted leadership in the county and says he is running for re-election to continue reforming Norfolk County government into a cost-effective, inclusive and transparent regional entity that provides a real value to Norfolk County residents, families and communities.
“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and providing proven leadership at every step of the way,” Shea said in announcing his re-election campaign. “Helping people, promoting good government, and serving the county for the last five years has been my passion. I’m looking forward to this year’s re-election campaign and asking for the continued support of Norfolk County residents so that I can continue doing what I love.”
Shea said he is proud to have earned the continued support of various county elected officials, labor organizations and community groups. He has received the endorsements of the Norfolk County Labor Council whose members announced their support of his re-election campaign in mid-June.
As one of Norfolk County’s three county commissioners, Shea says his priorities for the county have focused on modernizing its financial and capital planning practices and working to ensure the county remains a viable regional partner with local communities. He said his public service experience has centered on working to connect residents with the government and to improve government operations at every point in his career.
“For the first time in Norfolk County, we’re creating policies to help guide financial decisions. We’ll be leading a comprehensive analysis to better position the county’s fiscal health,” Shea said. “We’re also prioritizing capital investments in our infrastructure. We’re investing the upkeep and maintenance of the county’s six court houses, including our historic Superior Court in Dedham Square.
“We’ve made significant improvements,” Shea continued, “at the Registry of Deeds and Administration Offices, and we’re continuing to work with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to bring the Norfolk County Agricultural High School further into the 21st century.”
Shea added that the county has continued looking at innovative ways to promote regional services between Norfolk County communities. The county is currently working on a proposal to support community organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and recently led a state grant initiative to create more regional public health nursing services between the towns of Avon, Holbrook and Randolph. His plan is to continue more of these efforts in the coming years.
“We know we have something special in Norfolk County, with our renowned agricultural high school and so many resources that continue to make a difference to our residents and communities. But there’s also no question that county government in 2020 is much different that it was even 20 years ago,” Shea said. “It’s clear that Norfolk County’s government must continue to respond, adapt, and ensure that the county is governed with modern-day practices that remain viable and sustainable as we move forward.
“I’m running for re-election and I’m honored to ask for the support of the residents of Norfolk County to continue this work,” Shea added.