A Southeastern Regional School Committee member is becoming the fourth Democrat to throw his hat into race for the 11th District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Mark Linde, a Brockton Resident, who serves as the chairman of the School Committee at the Easton vocational school, joins Brockton City Councilors and (D-Brockton) and Easton resident (D) in the race to replace Geraldine Creedon (D-Brockton). Creedon at the end of her term.
So far, no Republicans have announced their candidacy.
The 11th Plymouth District accounts for precincts 1-5 in Easton.
Below is a statement from Linde's campaign:
Mark Linde is a lifelong resident of the City of Brockton (who resides less than a mile away from the Brockton/ Easton line) has announced his candidacy for State Representative for the 11th Plymouth District to succeed retiring State Representative Geraldine Creedon who will be leaving her seat after many years of dedicated service.
Mark has resided in Brockton’s Ward 1 for most of his life since 1962. His parents are presently Easton residents since 1992. He is married to Teresa (Teri) Linde who shares his passion for volunteer and community service. He has two grown children.
“My lifetime of involvement in public and community activities shows my commitment to community,” said Linde in announcing his candidacy. “All of my community and elected service have been as a volunteer. I hope to continue this commitment to public service as your elected State Representative.”
Mark’s public service is extensive. He is currently the Chairman of the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School Committee (located in Easton) and has served as one of the two Brockton representatives. He was elected district-wide in 2008. He is currently the Chairman of the Brockton Library Board of Trustees and has served on the Library board since 1996.
Mark’s decades of community service have gone back to Brockton High School where he served as the Student Advisory Council representative to the Brockton School Committee for his last three years of high school. He is a proud 1979 graduate. He was educated at the Hancock School, Whitman School, and West Junior High School all in Brockton.
Mark attended Stonehill College through May 1981 where he served as Editor-in-chief of The Summit and worked on WSHL (Stonehill’s Radio Station). He transferred to the University of Miami and graduated in May 1983 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. He is a 1992 graduate of Fitchburg State College with a Master of Science in Media Management.
Mark is presently the General Manager of Brockton Community Access since 1994 which is a non-profit organization that provides Public, Education and Government Access television for the residents of Brockton. He serves as a part-time adjunct faculty member at Massasoit Community College since 1993 and teaches Television Production, Mass Communication and Public Speaking. He is a proud member of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association – Community College dvision.
Some highlights of his community service include volunteer work as Past President of the Brockton Rotary Club and three years as a past Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7950. He is the Past Chairman of the Downtown Brockton Association. He has served as Treasurer of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, a board member of the YMCA Youth Division, and a subcommittee for My Turn Inc.
Linde’s political experience dates back to 1974 where he has volunteered on many different campaigns. He is the elected Ward 1 Chairman for the Brockton Democratic City Committee and also serves at the City-wide secretary.
To assist with the campaign please call him at (508) 588-4493 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. At present Linde is collecting signatures to place him on the ballot for the Thursday September 6th primary ballot. For information on future events a website will be up and running soon.
Editor's Note: Claire Cronin is an Easton resident but originally from Brockton. An original version of this story said she was an Easton native. Patch regrets the error.