Candidate for: Secretary of State
Occupation: Managing Director of Arc Angel Communications & Malden City Councilor At Large
Education: Bachelor of Science, Suffolk University
Campaign Website: www.davein2014.com
Questions & Answers
Question: What is your position on Election Day voter registration?
I will be an advocate for all Massachusetts voters. My priorities for voters include a more modern election system that makes it easier for people to register to vote while ensuring the integrity of our election process.
Unfortunately, our current systems, procedures, laws and regulations are so antiquated and outdated that Election Day voter registration would be impractical to administer. The current Secretary was cited for non-compliance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act by the Justice Department, www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2008/October/08-crt-943.html. Essentially, Bill Galvin failed our brave service men and women serving for us overseas by improper reporting. The current Secretary has not kept up with technology and our voters have suffered.
With current technology we have the capability to have voters register and cast their ballot with greater efficiency and in a timelier manner than we have done over the past 20 years of the current Secretary’s reign.
As your next Secretary of State I will install and oversee a modern process that provides and allows more flexibility for all voters to exercise their decisions at the ballot box while increasing transparency and accountability for all of our citizens.
Question: What major issues does Massachusetts face in securities fraud, and what can the Secretary of the Commonwealth do about them?
As a candidate I have spoken with numerous members of the securities industry and it has become readily apparent that we need to have a much better working relationship and information sharing between the Securities Division and the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The Securities Division has become much too political and current process is too often characterized as a rush to judgment for the sake of garnering press coverage before a thorough investigation is completed. My administration would be more focused on finding facts first, which would lead to a more productive line of communication with the fellow regulators. This would pay immediate benefits both to the industry and investors.
As the Financial Services industry continues to create complex and alternative investment products, we need to ensure that the financial representatives who are selling these products are fully knowledgeable. We must safeguard investors, particularly our seniors, while allowing the industry an ability to operate more openly. I support recent proposals for expanded disciplinary and conflict of interest disclosures. Educational opportunities should be part of a larger investor educational program that is consistently communicated to investors, not just during election years.
Question: Part of the Secretary’s job is maintenance of public records and storage of historical data. What will be your policy for making these records available and accessible to the public?
My policy will be to open up our public records and make them accessible to all citizens of the Commonwealth. After all, these documents belong to the citizens of the Commonwealth, they are the People’s records and under my leadership they will be available and accessible to all.
Unfortunately, Secretary Galvin was given the grade of “F” by the non-partisan good government watchdog, National Freedom of Information Coalition, when it comes to transparency in government and making public records available. www.nfoic.org/states-failing-foi-responsiveness-results-and-criteria.
As of the date of this letter, Secretary Galvin has stonewalled my requests for Public Records for 90 days and has even tried to charge me $5,300 for important documents that, in his own words, “may or may not exist.”
I am asking for records about the numerous Public Service Announcements that Secretary Galvin has featured himself in over the past 19 years. I am seeking to find out basic information such as; how many PSA’s were aired, what they cost, who produced them, etc. Yet the Secretary refuses to provide any of these records.
According to one Democrat operative, “He wouldn’t be doing it if he didn’t think it would advance his political career.” www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/12/tv_ad_prompts_discussion_about.html.