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2nd District
Kelly Timilty
Kelly Timilty,
incumbent, Democrat, Boston
Michael McCue
Republican, Mansfield

AGE: 44
ADDRESS: 52 Murray Hill Road, Roslindale
OCCUPATION: Governor’s Council member 1995-present
EDUCATION: Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Hear; University of Maryland, 1986
MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE: Former legislative aide to late U.S. Rep. Joe Moakley
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Member Democratic State Committee; member, Irish Cultural Centre of New England; past member West Roxbury-Roslindale Rotary Club; member, Irish American Partnership
FAMILY: Husband, James Mandeville

AGE: 39
ADDRESS: 475 Williams St., Mansfield
OCCUPATION: Administrative assistant to Mendon selectmen
EDUCATION: Boston College High School; St. Anselm College; Bridgewater State College, master’s in public administration
MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE: Mansfield selectman, 2001-present; former economic development and grants officer in Walpole
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Ex-president Mass. Selectmen’s Association; ex-member Bridgewater State College board of trustees; board member American Credit Counseling Service; public relations, Boy Scout Troop 13, Mansfield
FAMILY: wife, Amy; children, Patrick, 8, Alaire, 5, and Olivia, 2

District includes: Ashland, Attleboro, Avon, Boston (Ward 18, Precincts 7-20, 22, 23; Ward 19, Precincts 10-13; Ward 20), Braintree (Precincts 1, 3-5), Canton, Dedham, Dover, East Bridgewater (Precinct 4), Easton (Precincts 3, 4, 5, 6), Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Randolph, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon, Sherborn, Stoughton, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley (Precincts B, F, G), West Bridgewater, Westwood, Wrentham

2nd District: Timilty coasts to 7th term

The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

Kelly A. Timilty ran to victory yesterday, easily claiming a seventh two-year term on the Governor’s Council from the 2nd District.

First elected in 1994, the 44-year-old Roslindale Democrat soundly defeated a challenge from Republican Michael W. McCue of Mansfield.

The 39-year-old challenger pulled out winning margins in Mansfield and Dover.

The prize is a job paying about $26,000 a year on a council whose key power is acting on the governor’s judicial-related nominations like judges, clerk-magistrates and parole board.

The sprawling 2nd District encompasses the city of Attleboro and parts of Boston, parts of Braintree and three other towns, and 33 towns in their entirety including Canton, Dedham, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood.

Reached last night, Timilty said she had not seen election results from the entire district but had seen enough returns to feel confident about a new term.

“I know that Mr. McCue did a nice challenge,” Timilty said, “but I’m confident and humbled by the 2nd District has re-elected me to do the work of the people in my district.”

A member of a prominent political family, Timilty is the daughter of former state Sen. Jospeh Timilty. Milton state Rep. Walter F. Timilty is a cousin, Walpole state Rep. James Timilty is her brother and her uncle Walter Timilty is clerk of courts in Norfolk County.

McCue brought political experience to his bid. He’s been a Mansfield selectman since 2001 and currently is administrative assistant to the Mendon selectmen. He is a former president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association.

Barry Smith may be reached at
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GOP’s McCue takes on well-known family

The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 27, 2006

Kelly A. Timilty faces a challenge from Republican Michael W. McCue in her bid for a sixth, two-year term on the Governor’s Council from the 2nd District.

McCue, of Mansfield, says as districts go, the 2nd is about as favorable as it gets for a Republican in Massachusetts. There are a relative handful of Republicans in the Legislature and the 2nd District is home to several of them, including representatives from Foxboro, Wrentham, Attleboro and North Attleboro.

The 2nd District also includes Brockton, parts of Abington, Canton and Rockland, Dedham, Hanover, Norwood, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Whitman.

But the race remains “uphill enough” against a Democrat, especially one with the last name of Timilty, McCue said.

Timilty, of the Roslindale section of Boston, is the daughter of former state Sen. Joseph Timilty and the sister of current state Sen. James Timilty of Walpole. Her cousin, Walter F. Timilty of Milton, is a state representative, and her uncle, Walter Timilty, is clerk of courts in Norfolk County.

Whether she has the edge in name recognition, Timilty said: “In this kind of an election season, we’re not the focus.”

That is typically the case for candidates for the obscure, largely ceremonial job that pays $26,025 a year and travel expenses.

The eight-member council has confirmation power over the governor’s judicial appointments, including judges and clerk-magistrates. Though criticism of a particular nomination is common on the council, it rarely votes against a governor.

“Sometimes we get missed, we’re under the radar screen,” Timilty said. Yet, she said, “We deal with people’s lives every day.”

She cites the appointment of female judges as among the most satisfying accomplishments of her tenure on the council. “We put women on the Supreme Court,” she said.

McCue said one reason to vote Republican is for balance. All eight governor’s councilors are Democrats.

McCue said he also offers experience in municipal government. He is a Mansfield selectman and is the administrative assistant to Mendon selectmen.

If elected, he said he would make sure “that potential judges have an appreciation of the ramifications their rulings may have on cities and towns in terms of finances and unfunded mandates.”

Barry Smith may be reached at
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