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October 23, 2012

A race for little-known board

Two women vie for Governor's Council seat

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“It’s a big district,” Ciardiello said.

MAURA CIARDIELLO

Ciardiello grew up in Haverhill, in the thick of the city’s politics.

“Politics runs in my blood. I’m from a political family and have been involved in many campaigns throughout my life,” she said. “This is the first time I’m running, but I’ve always been involved. I thought, instead of being one of the people complaining, I decided to jump in the race.”

After attending Salem State, Ciardiello was a schoolteacher in her hometown for seven years before she met her husband, Massachusetts state trooper Dan Ciardiello. Now Ciardiello, 36, is a stay-at-home mother with three young children. She is studying for a master’s degree in education at Cambridge College.

The tragic death of Woburn Police officer Jack Maguire, killed in a 2010 shootout with a released longtime felon, spurred Ciardiello’s interest in getting more involved and ultimately running for the council, she said.

“I have a special interest in the Governor’s Council because with my husband being a patrolman and having three small children, public safety is my top priority,” she said.

Like her opponent, she’s amazed by the lack of knowledge about the council and what it does.

“I go and knock on doors and meet people, and every person says, ‘It’s great you’re running, but what is Governor’s Council?’ Once they know, they’re shocked that’s how judges get on the bench,” she said. “I want to absolutely, 100-percent, make sure that we have the best, most qualified people on the bench.”

Why is she the right person to do that?

“I’m not a lawyer. We need regular people on (the council) representing the people of the commonwealth,” she said. “I am not involved or have any affiliation with any lawyers; I’m not beholden to anyone. I will be a strong voice and ask the right questions and tough questions.”

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