Party: Republican

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: PO Box 523, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: (508) 845-2300

Age: 43

Occupation: Help run a family-owned development business started by my great-grandfather about a century ago. Attorney and state representative from Shrewsbury.

Family: Husband, Stephan, and two young children.

Town: Shrewsbury

Education: Bachelor of science degree, Boston College, 1988.
Juris doctorate, New England School of Law, 1991.

Experience: Shrewsbury selectman (1995-1998).
Shrewsbury Town Meeting member (1993-2000).
Shrewsbury Zoning Board of Appeals (1994-1995).
Massachusetts State Lottery (commissioner, 1999-2000).
Massachusetts House of Representatives (2001-present).

— Submitted by the candidate

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Why are you running?

"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

Issues

Divestiture

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."

Impact

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."

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The treasurer’s race: Candidates agree on lottery ads, not much else

The two candidates vying for to succeed Timothy P. Cahill as state treasurer disagree on most things, sometimes vehemently. But one pledge they both embrace? No lottery ads during campaign season. (By Stephanie Ebbert, 10/27/10)

Polito’s circle cleaned up on Sox plates

More than two-thirds of the first 100 numbers of the coveted Red Sox vanity plates went to state Rep. Karyn Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican running for state treasurer, her friends, relatives, campaign donors, and others with ties to her. (By Andrea Estes, 10/26/10)

Treasurer candidates spar over spending

State Representative Karyn Polito, the Republican nominee for state treasurer, yesterday defended her efforts to block $443 million in a midyear spending bill. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 9/29/10)

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