The council should be more transparent and the public should be better informed about when judges are coming up for confirmation and their background, she said. She proposed creating a blog or website to better publicize the council’s activities.
Asked if being a Republican might hurt her chances in a blue state like Massachusetts, Ciardiello said that, if anything, it should improve her chances with voters. There are now only two Republicans on the eight-member council.
“We need balance in government. The same old one-party rule does not serve the people in the right way, and it doesn’t work,” she said. “We do not need another Democrat on the Governor’s Council; I am sure of that.”
She has been endorsed by the State Police Association of Massachusetts, which is the union representing state troopers, as well as the SEIU Local 5000 union, according to her website.
As a youngster growing up in Peabody, one of Duff’s earliest memories in politics was campaigning for her father when he ran for mayor. She was 7 years old.
“It’s something I grew up doing,” said Duff, now 53. “I was always interested in government.”
That interest led to an internship at the Statehouse, when she actually attended a few Governor’s Council meetings as a teenager. Her mother worked in the governor’s office as an assistant.
“I was there every week. I could probably give a pretty good tour of the Statehouse,” she said.
Duff, who was president of her Peabody High School class, worked as as a regulatory analyst for a large telecommunications company for several years and later for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. One of her duties there, along with research and speech writing, was to decide who was able to meet with the commissioner and when during the debate over the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.