"I am running for treasurer because I believe our state's finances are heading in the wrong direction.
The thing we need most to solve this problem is someone who will be an independent voice in the treasurer's office.
We need someone who will be willing to stand up and say 'no' when Beacon Hill overreaches.
We need someone who will use the treasurer's office as a check and balance to the rest of Beacon Hill, which is what the office was always intended to be.
I want to be a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers and help to protect their money."
— Submitted by the candidate
Do you support divesting state pension money from various countries as a pressure tool?
"As a state legislator, I have supported divesting pension funds from companies that do business with terrorist states like Iran. We can't allow public funds to be used to support terrorist activity.
But I also think the issue of divestment is a slippery slope. The treasurer should not use the state pension fund as a way to achieve social justice. Instead, the treasurer's job is to achieve the highest rate of return on our investments in the best interest of taxpayers."
How would you give the office a higher profile and have more impact?
"Part of the reason I'm running to be our next treasurer is because I'm worried about the direction our state is heading in.
Now, more than ever, we need a state treasurer who is not beholden to party politics or special interests. That will naturally bring a higher profile to the treasurer's office.
I will be a fiscal watchdog who will be an independent voice of reason and fiscal conservatism - someone who will be willing to stand up and say 'no' to others on Beacon Hill and to be an effective check and balance when necessary."