Edward J. O’Connell has lived in Marshfield with his wife and two daughters for the past 25 years. Now, he is a candidate for State Representative in the 4th Plymouth District, which includes Marshfield and Scituate.
“I love living here,” says O’Connell. “Marshfield and Scituate share similar qualities that attracted my wife and I to raise our family here: beautiful beaches, bustling business districts, open space, excellent school systems, and safe communities. I would be honored to represent both towns.”
Ready to Represent the District
Asked about his priorities, O’Connell says there are several important initiatives he’d like to be involved in as a State Representative.
“I will focus on local projects and priorities, including ways to ensure the resiliency of our coastal areas and the quality of our drinking water,” says O’Connell. “As a Representative, I will promote fiscal responsibility and work on tax relief for consumers and small businesses, as well as local aid for our towns. I also will be committed to the education of our children, and to quality care for our seniors and veterans.”
O’Connell says it is important for the next State Representative to bring people together on important issues. “I will work with law enforcement, school administrators and parents to ensure the safety and security of our children in the classroom,” he says.
“I also will seek additional funding for treatment programs related to the opioid crisis, as well as training programs for first responders.”
Experience We Need
O’Connell holds an MBA from Suffolk University, and served two terms on the Sawyer School of Management Alumni Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
He is a long-time employee of the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office, where he has held accounting, finance, and sales positions at the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. Prior to his public-sector employment, O’Connell worked in the high-tech industry for the Raytheon Company and General Electric. In addition, for the past eight years, he has been a sworn Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Plymouth County.
O’Connell also has been actively involved in the community, serving on several volunteer school boards including: Governor Winslow Elementary School Council; Furnace Brook Middle School Council; and, Marshfield/Scituate Educational Advisory Council. He was past President of Friends of The Ventress Library, past Vice President and coach for Marshfield Youth Soccer, Chairman of Marshfield Republican Town Committee, and a member of the Plymouth County Police Officers Association. He also was elected as a Plymouth County Charter Commissioner, representing Marshfield and Pembroke.
“I will use my private- and public-sector experience, along with my background in civic affairs and law enforcement, to improve the quality of life for citizens of Marshfield and Scituate,” O’Connell says. “I’ll work hard to earn the vote of residents of the 4th Plymouth District. I look forward to a positive and spirited campaign, meeting residents, listening to their concerns, and bringing those issues to Beacon Hill.”