SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Mary Hurley, retired Associate Justice of the District Courts of Massachusetts and former two-term Mayor of the city of Springfield, today announced her candidacy for the eighth district of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council. The eighth district of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council represents Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties and the town of Royalston in Worcester County, which comprises the same geographic district where Hurley served as a District Court Judge. Hurley sees her bid for a seat on the Governor’s Council as an opportunity to serve in a position that allows her to do what she is most passionate about: the law and public service. After retiring, July 4, 2014, Hurley has continued to serve the communities of western Massachusetts by remaining actively involved in charitable and community endeavors, and believes her extensive experience on the bench and in the practice of law would add a unique perspective to the council.
“Running for the Governor’s Council is not a stepping stone for me, but rather an opportunity to continue to serve the people of western Massachusetts,” said Hurley. “Years of experience as a judge allowed me to focus on what I love most, the law and public service, and I believe that the Governor’s Council would benefit from my perspective. The idea of running for Governor’s Council has been suggested by friends and associates who know of my lifelong interest in politics and my concern that the courts have the best and most qualified judges and clerks.”
More specifically, Hurley says it is imperative that the Governor’s Council be a good judge of character and that they have intimate knowledge of the challenges faced by future candidates who will serve in the judicial system.
She said, “It’s important to approve of the Governor’s nominees who have personal integrity and the right perspective on sentencing. They must also have firsthand exposure and the qualifications to deal with issues of domestic violence, elder abuse, substance abuse and crime. The nominees must be willing to set appropriate bails on people who pose a threat to the victims of crime and the community as a whole.”
The Massachusetts Governor’s Council, also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, and the Lieutenant Governor who serves ex officio. The eight councilors are elected from their respective districts, every two years. The Council meets weekly to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations, and recording advice and consent to gubernatorial appointments such as judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, members of the Parole Board, Appellate Tax Board, Industrial Accident Board and Industrial Accident Review Board, notaries and justices of the peace.