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Eye On The Election

Eye On The ElectionWhen polls open on Election Day, numerous Tufts graduates will be on ballots across the United States.

Boston [10.30.06]

As Election Day creeps closer, several Tufts graduates—and some current students—are making their final campaign rounds. From coast to coast, Tufts alumni who are running for office are eagerly awaiting the Nov. 7 mid-term election. Here is a sampling:

U.S. Congress

U.S. Representative Jeb Bradley (R) - NOT ELECTED
New Hampshire

BradleyBradley (A’74), seeking election to his third term in Congress, is running against Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Libertarian party candidate Dan Belforti. A six-time state representative, Bradley has supported legislation benefiting war veterans, environmental protection and small businesses. Bradley, who studied sociology at Tufts, has also received the “Spirit of Enterprise”award two years in a row from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, the Americans for Tax Reform named Bradley a “Hero of the Taxpayer.”

Bradley, who supports the war in Iraq, has visited the troops three times. "I came home feeling we were making progress, (but) there's no question the challenge continues,”he told The Portsmouth Herald after his last visit.

Tommy Calvert, Jr. (I), running for U.S. House of Representatives - NOT ELECTED

CalvertIn his first bid for a congressional seat, Calvert, who earned a degree in international relations from Tufts in 2002, is running against six other candidates, including incumbent Lamar Smith, a Republican. While he may be fairly new to the political arena, Calvert—who has also helped free slaves in Sudan and raise awareness of modern-day slavery around the world—has a variety of experience.

The San Antonio, Texas, native, who is currently president of Calvert International Consulting, has served as a deputy councilman in San Antonio for Mario Salas, an aide to Texas State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon and as the interim-director of special projects for Congressman Ciro Rodriguez. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Calvert wrote in an e-mail to supporters that he decided to run for Congress “to clean up the mess in Washington and give the people of the 21st Congressional District of Texas a leader that they can talk to, so they can believe again in America's promise."

Joe Courtney (D), running for U.S. House of Representatives - ELECTED

CourtneyA 1975 graduate of Tufts, Courtney served as the state representative for Connecticut’s 56th District from 1987 to 1994. During that time, he served as Chairman of the House Public Health Committee. After making an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 1998, Courtney made his first run at Congress in 2002. He came within a few points of the Republican incumbent, Rob Simmons, who he will try to unseat again on Nov. 7.

In addition to his political endeavors, Courtney, who studied history at Tufts, serves as the town attorney for Vernon, Conn., and is a partner in the law firm of Courtney, Boyan, and Foran, LLC. -

Catherine Davis (R), running for U.S. House of Representatives - NOT ELECTED

DavisRunning on the platform of “A New 4th for a New Georgia,”Davis (A’73), who seeks to fill a vacated seat in Georgia’s 4th District, has demonstrated her ability to produce change. The daughter of a carpenter and a domestic worker, Davis was driven from an early age to get a good education to secure a better life. Her efforts paid off—Davis earned a full scholarship to Tufts, where she graduated magna cum laude in three years with a double major in psychology and education.

“This election is about transforming the district. For far too long we have been subjected to failed policies and ineffective representation,”Davis said in a campaign press release. -

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) - ELECTED

DeFazioA 1969 Tufts graduate, DeFazio has served as Oregon’s 4th District representative for two decades. Since elected to Congress in 1986, DeFazio, who studied political science and economics at Tufts, has served on various House committees, including homeland security, resources, and transportation and infrastructure.

Unlike other representatives who prefer to live near the nation’s capital, DeFazio commutes to Washington, D.C. nearly every week from his home in Springfield, Ore. According to his campaign website, DeFazio has held more than 368 town hall meetings throughout his district, and he has personally funded more than 150 scholarships from congressional pay raises he has turned back.

Thomas Kean, Jr. (R), running for U.S. Senate - NOT ELECTED
New Jersey

Kean While this is Kean’s first campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate, politics is hardly new to him. The grandson of former U.S. Representative Robert Winthrop Kean and the son of former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean, The Fletcher School graduate currently serves in the New Jersey State Senate. He sits on the Judiciary Committee, as well as the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Throughout his career, Kean has been recognized for his abilities as a leader. In 2005, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors named Kean a "Legislative Leader," while the AMERIGROUP Foundation has recognized Kean two years in a row with its "Champion for Children" award. He has also been named "Legislator of the Year" by the Fireman’s Benevolent Association. Kean is currently completing his doctoral dissertation on international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

U.S. Rep. John Olver (D) - ELECTED

OlverFor 15 years, John Olver has represented Massachusetts’1st Congressional District, which, prior to his election, had long been considered the most Republican district in the state. Olver—one of five members of Congress arrested on April 28, 2006, after protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy over atrocities in the Darfur region—is a known activist.

“There is still much more that needs to be done to stop the senseless killings. I will continue to urge my colleagues in the House to keep the pressure on the Sudanese government and the administration to halt the genocide,”Olver, who earned a master's degree from Tufts in 1956, said in a U.S. House of Representatives statement.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D) - ELECTED
New Jersey

PallonePallone, a 1974 graduate of The Fletcher School, has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1988. Pallone served five years in the New Jersey State Senate before becoming a member of Congress.

In 2002, Pallone was awarded the "Padma Bhushan," India’s third highest civilian award, for his work as a member of the India caucus in Congress. He is currently the vice chairman of the Native American Congress.

Gubernatorial Races

Gov. Bill Richardson (D) - ELECTED
New Mexico

RichardsonWhile rumors continue to fly about a presidential run in 2008, Richardson (A’70, F’71) remains focused on his gubernatorial campaign. Governor of New Mexico since 2002, Richardson is seeking re-election this year.

Richardson’s political career is a storied one. After spending 15 years as a U.S. representative, Richardson was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by Bill Clinton in 1997. He was then appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy in 1998. In 2002, Richardson was elected governor of New Mexico by a s degree from The Fletcher School. Richardson has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in promoting diplomacy and securing the releases of hostages all over the world.

State Legislatures

Maine State Sen. Phil Bartlett (D) - ELECTED

PhilBartlett(D) Bartlett (A’98) was elected to the Maine State Senate in 2004, unseating incumbent Sen. Carolyn Gilman. With degrees in economics and public policy from Tufts, Bartlett believes in the importance of higher education.

"Although Maine has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country, we continue to lag behind in attainment of higher education degrees," Bartlett told the Portsmouth Herald. "If we are to compete in an increasingly global economy that demands skilled workers, we must make the commitment to give every student the opportunity to obtain post-secondary education."

Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown (R) - ELECTED

BrownBrown is currently running unopposed for his fourth term in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the 9th District of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex counties. Prior to his election to the House in 1998, Brown served as both a Wrentham, Mass., selectman and town assessor. Brown, who earned a degree in history from Tufts in 1981, is a practicing attorney and a 26-year member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

In 2004, the United Chamber of Commerce gave Brown the "Public Servant of the Year" award for his leadership in reforming the state's sex offender laws and protecting the rights of victims.

Benjamin Downing (D), running for Massachusetts State - ELECTED

DowningA graduate of Providence College, Downing is currently a graduate student in Tufts’urban and environmental policy and planning program. Previously, he worked in the offices of U.S. Reps. William Delahunt (D-Quincy) and Richard Neal (D-Springfield), before joining the staff of U.S. Rep. John W. Olver (D-Amherst). Downing served as Olver’s senior advisor on housing, budget, tax, homeland security and foreign affairs.

Downing, 24, believes his age gives him an edge over other candidates. "This is a district that is known for sending young candidates like Peter Webber and Jane Swift to the Senate. The people recognize the importance of fresh energy," Downing told the North Adams Transcript. "I think the energy and enthusiasm I show, combined with my work experience, can get me over any threshold."

Massachusetts State Rep. Michael Festa (D) - ELECTED

FestaAlthough Festa (A’76) has represented the 32nd Middlesex District of Massachusetts since 1999, his experience in politics goes all the way back to his undergraduate days at Tufts when he served on the school board in Melrose, Mass. He was named chair of the finance and facilities subcommittee in 1973, and was named the board’s alderman-at-large four years later.

Festa was elected to the State House in 1998 after an unsuccessful bid in 1990. He currently chairs the state Democratic Party's Policy Committee and the State House of Representatives Democratic Council. Festa, who recently dropped out of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s race, is running unopposed.

Minnesota State Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL) - ELECTED

HornsteinA member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, Hornstein (A’85) was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. Hornstein, who graduated from Tufts with a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy, focuses on issues related to transportation, regional growth and renewable energy. Hornstein is also the founding director and a former co-director and organizing director of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.

Hornstein has authored a bill that would provide incentives to the manufacturers of hybrid automobiles in Minnesota. “I think the stars have aligned for Minnesota to really be a leader here,”Hornstein told the Southwest Journal. “The potential is amazing.”

Alan MacDougall (R), running for Vermont State Senate - NOT ELECTED

MacDougallMacDougall (A’65), who studied history and political science at Tufts University, is running against two Democratic candidates in this year’s election. A Massachusetts native, he moved to Wilmington, Vt., in 2003. MacDougall—a former officer for the Central Intelligence Agency—says tax reform is his main motivation for running this year.

“We are being taxed unfairly, and we are being taxed in ways that we can't even understand.”MacDougall told the Bennington Banner. "I believe that with my experience in government…I have some ability to be able to figure out how to fix it.”

Bethanie Newby (D), running for Utah State Senate - NOT ELECTED

PhilBartlett(D)This fall, Newby (F’89) is making her first political campaign run, challenging Republican Margaret Dayton and Gordon Mella of the Constitution Party. A graduate of Brigham Young University and The Fletcher School at Tufts, Newby has worked in public health and education in three states and four countries, including work with the American Red Cross.

A self-described homemaker, Newby supports improvements in the quality of public education, public transportation and tax policy, particularly opposing the tax reform proposed by Utah Gov. John Meade Huntsman. “The governor’s tax reform plan is really a tax cut for less than five percent of Utahns,”Newby wrote on her campaign Web site. “I would work for real tax reform and real economic growth for all Utahns, not just a few.”

State Offices

Governors Council (6th District)

Rosemary Macero (I) -

PhilBartlett(D)A trial attorney for more than 21 years, Macero (A'81) is running for the Massachusetts Governors Council, which recommends individuals to become state court judges, among other duties. She is a lifelong resident of Somerville, Mass., and a small business owner who started her own law practice in 1996.

Macero studied political science and history at Tufts before attending law school at Case Western Reserve University. As a special assistant attorney general, she prosecuted wage and labor crimes in more than 26 district courts in Massachusetts in the late 1980s. She has served as both a director and president of the Boston chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

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