WHAT ABOUT BOB?
What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film starring Bill Murray and Richard
Dreyfuss that happens to be the all-time favorite movie of my wife Maria (Luizzi)
Sullivan. Bill Murray’s character, Bob Wiley, navigates the events of each day
by taking “baby steps” toward each challenge that he faces. It is with this
attitude that I am navigating this campaign for State Representative. Each day
of attending events, holding signs, being interviewed, walking the streets of the
District, and meeting as many of the residents to introduce myself and to listen
to your concerns, is a “baby step” towards the goal of winning your support and
your votes. I hope that the voters of the 11th Plymouth District living within
Easton and Brockton will ask themselves, “What about Bob?” when they
consider electing a new voice and a new leader for the new 11th Plymouth District.
I am Robert (‘Bob’) Sullivan and I am a candidate for State Representative
serving the new 11th Plymouth District consisting of Precinct 1-5 in Easton and
the west and north sections of Brockton. I am the son of Robert, a retired
Brockton High School history teacher and Susan, a retired pediatric Registered
Nurse who worked for Dr. Alan Bulotsky for many years. I grew up in Brockton,
and am now raising my family there. I also lived in South Easton (Easton
Crossings) for two years prior to my marriage in 2003. My wife and I have a
number of family members and friends that live in both Brockton and Easton,
and given the proximity of our home to the town line, we have supported many
Easton businesses and events for most of our lives. I am aware of the many
issues, sources of pride, and causes for concern in both the City of Brockton, and
the Town of Easton.
I am a graduate of Brockton High School (Class of 1988) and received both a
Bachelors degree (political science) and an M.B.A. from Boston College. I have
a law degree from the New England School of Law (1996) and currently work as
the Town Attorney for Randolph, MA, in addition to operating a solo-law practice.
Due to my early interest in politics and public service, I previously interned in
Washington,D.C. for former-Congressman Brian J. Donnelly and on Beacon Hill
for former-Senator Michael C. Creedon. I also have past State House experience
from having worked as Chief Legal Counsel to the Joint Committee on Election
Laws. I presently serve on the Brockton City Council. I have been elected to the
City Council as a Councilor At-Large (representing the entire city), since 2006,
and was elected Council President in 2008.
I am a husband and proud father of three young children. My wife, Maria, who
also grew up in Brockton, is a physician assistant in the Emergency Department
at Signature Healthcare and she also works at Stonehill College in the Health
Services department. We have logged countless hours at the “Sheep Pasture”,
The Easton Childrens Museum, and Frothingham Park with our own children,
and Maria fondly recalls frequent picnics at Frothingham Park with her parents and
siblings when she was a young girl.
So now that you know my background, ask yourself again – What About Bob?
I deeply care about our community. In my opinion, this is not an Easton versus
Brockton or Brockton versus Easton campaign! The residents of Easton and
Brockton are neighbors and due to the close proximity, issues faced by one
often impact the other. I am concerned about protecting and preserving Easton
and Brockton’s history, AND about paving the way for a vital future. I would like
to represent the residents of the 11th Plymouth District at the State House where
I would be a vocal leader on your behalf. I approach my work and my elected
positions with dedication, confidence, and integrity. I believe that I possess the
necessary experience and skills to listen to your concerns, research issues
thoroughly, and draft legislation that will benefit our District.
I will end my first official blog post by simply asking all registered Democrat and
Unenrolled/Independents to please go the polls on THURSDAY September 6th
and cast a vote in the Democratic Primary election. Having lost an election in the
past by just thirteen votes, I am very much aware that EVERY VOTE COUNTS.
Therefore, I hope that when you are deciding who is the best person to work with
you and for you as your next State Representative, you will no longer be asking,
“What About Bob?” ….you will just know.
Thank you to the Easton Patch for the opportunity to become a visitor on this
site. Please do not hesitate to contact me on my personal cell phone (508-846-
1208) with your thoughts, concerns, or topics you would like to see addressed in