Daniel B. Winslow, longtime legal adviser to the Republican
Party, will run for the House seat that Rep. Richard Ross intends
to vacate - the 9th Norfolk District, which includes the towns of
Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Millis, Walpole and Medfield. Ross
plans to run for the seat left open by newly elected U.S. Sen.
In addition to his role as partner at Duane Morris LLP's Boston
office, Winslow has served as chief legal counsel to both the Mitt
Romney and Scott Brown campaigns. Winslow's interest and
involvement in politics stems from his belief that "if decent,
honest and hard-working people don't get involved in government,
then government won't be decent, honest and hard-working."
Winslow feels strongly that people - and especially lawyers -
have a civic obligation to become involved in order to try and make
a difference with new ideas: "We cannot allow our state government
to devolve to the lowest common denominator of talent and motive,"
Winslow has had a history of reform, both locally and statewide.
As Norfolk town moderator, he has encouraged more direct democracy
at town meetings. Winslow has also drafted new civil procedures
across the state and helped introduce electronic monitoring for
nonviolent offenders as a Wrentham District Court judge. He says
the most important thing is "to keep trying and not settle for
business as usual."
If elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives,
Winslow has prioritized his objectives at both the local and state
levels. At the district level, his goal is to: (1) reduce state
spending and lower tax burdens, (2) encourage private sector job
growth and (3) give town governments the fiscal tools and resources
to improve local core services, such as education, public safety
At the state level, Winslow hopes to highlight the importance of
how an effective legal system is a critical component of economic
competitiveness and recovery. "If litigation works, we don't need
too much reliance on regulation and red tape, which stifles
innovation and entrepreneurial effort," he said.
If his bid for the House is successful, Winslow said he plans to
engage in the same practices that have contributed to his becoming
an accomplished attorney, judge and town moderator.
"I will do the same thing as I have always done. I will work
hard, make an effort to listen and learn, and I will demonstrate a
willingness to risk failure. This is the year when the winds of
change are at the backs of outsiders for elected office," he says.
"We cannot continue to tolerate Massachusetts having the lowest
rate of election competition in the nation."