Question of the Day - What About Bob?

Robert Sullivan, candidate for State Representative serving Easton and Brockton, who is a new voice and a new leader for the new 11th Plymouth District asks the question - What About Bob?

                                      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.


 About Bob...

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

future blogs!


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Katy Killilea July 28, 2012 at 03:20 AM
you have my vote!
Kathy Ettinger July 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I think Bob is the choice for Easton. He has the experience but most importantly the desire and drive to work for our best interests. Please give him your vote on Primary Day, Thursday, September 6th. I will be at the polls, will you? Thanks a million. ~~~Kathy Ettinger
Robert Sullivan July 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Thank you very much for your support. I truly appreciate it. Regards, Bob
Robert Sullivan July 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Ms. Ettinger: Thank you for your kind words of support. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog posting. Regards, Bob
Sinclair July 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
What are your civic accomplishments? A great deal of what you say here is about folksy family background along with an analogy about a ficticious movie character. These "baby steps" you speak of sound more like a learning curve about the district, yet you describe yourself as one who knows the district quite well based on living in both Easton and Brockton. Your image advertising (the color green in your numerous signs, your pictures with a prominent green necktie to match the name Sullivan) can only go so far. The voting public needs information about where you stand on both local and state-wide issues. You have not provided that. . . .not one word.
Robert Sullivan July 30, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog. Since I began my campaign, I have been able to express my views on the important issues. I have done so at the front doors of the voters' homes, during the numerous candidate forums, as well as on local radio and cable tv. My campaign website (www.ElectRobertSullivan.com) provides additional information. In terms of civil accomplishments, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Medical Center. I am also a member of the Historical Society, Library Foundation, DW Field Park Association, and Little Red Schoolhouse Association. I believe that it is important to volunteer time and give back to the community. I have a proven track-record as a public servant. I produce results. That is why I have been endorsed by 16 organizations, including the MA Teachers Association, MA Nurses Association, MA AFL/CIO, MA Sierra Club (see website for entire list). To be effective you must have the know-how and experience needed to represent on day 1. I am well versed in the issues and the District. I believe in always doing the right thing and standing on my principles/reputation. As a City Councilor I have continously fought the proposed power plant. I have protected Retirees & Seniors. I have drafted many Resolves dealing with quality of life issues. I believe that proven leadersip, dedication and experience is vital to this election. The voters must consider who they want to best serve them on Beacon Hill.
Sinclair July 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thank you for describing your experience.
Robert Sullivan July 30, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Sinclair: I want to thank you for your interest in the campaign. Please remind your family & friends that the Primary is on a THURSDAY (Sept 6th) this year. I respectfully ask for your consideration when you vote for the next State Representative serving Easton & Brockton in the new 11th Plymouth District. Regards, Bob
Susan Magee August 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I will hold a sign for you!
Robert Sullivan August 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Susan: Thank you for your support. Primary election day is in 4 weeks (THURSDAY - SEPT 6th). Any help that you can give on that day or leading up to that day would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again! Regards, Bob


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