Brockton mayor elect Bill Carpenter announced on Wednesday the formation of his Transition team. Carpenter is succeeding two-term Mayor Linda Balzotti after defeating her in last week’s city elections. He says the team is built with high-quality people, who will not be afraid to voice their opinion and give him expert advice.
The team, which will be headed up by Carpenter campaign manager, former Massachusetts state representative and judge Mark Lawton features two former chiefs of staff; Ken Thompson from the Balzotti administration and Mary Waldron from the Jack Yunits administration. A third member of the team, Moises Rodrigues , the newly elected councilor at large, served in the James Harrington administration as director of city services.
“Obviously, it is great to have input from such people who have been in the trenches of city government,” said Carpenter. ” We have also drawn talent from the Brockton business community, the Brockton schools and other Brockton civic organizations. I am very honored to have a group such as this volunteering their time to aid in the transition of power. The following people have been selected to join the Carpenter Transition Team.
* Mark Lawton served as the campaign manager for the Carpenter election team and will serve as the leader of the transition team. Lawton has had a distinguished career in public service, a five-term state legislator and in 1978 was voted Massachusetts Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Bar Association. He was the youngest judge ever appointed to the Massachusetts Trial Court and served with distinction for 27 years. Lawton left the bench in 2010 and has a private practice in Brockton.
* Joao DeAndrade has been a Brockton resident for the past 22 years since his arrival from Cape Verde, Joao attended Brockton Public Schools, in which he graduated from Brockton High School in 1998. He further pursued his education by graduating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer-Oriented Mathematics, Cum laude. He is the founder and President of DeAndrade Tax, LLC located in Brockton Massachusetts and has successfully been for the past nine years, which specializes in individual tax preparation and payroll services.
* Ossie Jordan is a retired manager for the United States Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration and is a current member of the Brockton Water Commission. Jordan is extremely active in the Brockton community as a host and producer of a local television show, a member of the Brockton Community Schools Advisory Board and former chairman of the Brockton Commission on Diversity. He is also a past president of the Brockton Chapter of the NAACP.
* Mary Waldron is the former executive director of the 21st Century Corporation, she served as chief of staff under Mayor Yunits and was Vice-President of Community Development for the Brockton-based Mass Development. She is currently the director for The Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement at Bridgewater State University.
* Moises Rodrigues has been active in community activities for the past 30 years and is currently the President of the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton. He served as the director of city services during the administration of former Brockton mayor James Harrington. Most recently, Rodrigues made history as he was elected the first Cape Verdean Brockton City Council member.
* Ken Thompson has over 30 years in construction project management and served as the chief of staff for Mayor Linda Balzotti for three years He was a member of the Rocky Marciano Statue and Champions Park Committee. Currently Thompson is the Facilities Manager for the Brockton Public Schools.
* Lawrence Siskind has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1967. He has a deep sense of community involvement including the past President of the Brockton Historical Society, the founding director of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, and the director of Metro South Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the chairman of the Rocky Marciano Statue Committee.
* Fred Fontaine is extremely active in the Brockton business community as he is the owner of Maytag Laundry, FDJ Realty Trust, Celeb’s Cut and Fontaine Cleaners. He is a member of the Brockton Democratic Committee, past President of the South Shore Haitians United for Progress and is a Brockton License Commissioner.
* Patricia Lawton is the current President of The Lawton Group, a lobbying business she co-owns with her husband Mark. She is also the senior accounts manager of BI2, Technologies where she develops and implements strategies to acquire state and federal grants and supervises sales. Lawton, a former Plymouth County Commissioner, has been involved in a whole host of civic organizations including The Guild of Catholic Charities Food Pantry, and serves on the Foundation Board of Governors for The Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Inc.
* Larry Curtis served as field director and treasurer of Carpenter’s Campaign Committee. He is a member of the New England Society of Healthcare Materials Management. A 17-year resident of the City of Brockton, Curtis has served as the past President of Brockton Youth Hockey, the former St. Edward’s Youth Basketball League and is currently a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Umpires Association.
* Gary Leonard is perhaps best known as the public address announcer at Brockton High football games but his service to Brockton High’s Save Our Sports program will be a lasting legacy. He is also the past Chairman and current Ambassador of the Campello Business Association and works as the Property & Receivables manager for the Campello-Keith Oil Co. Leonard was the 2006 recipient of the “Champion of the City” award.
* Robert Buckley is currently employed as a teacher in the Brockton Public Schools as he teaches eighth grade English Language Arts at the Davis School. Buckley has a B.A. in Political Science from St. Anselm and a master’s degree in education from Fitchburg State University. He was a sports reporter and editor at The Enterprise and served as Carpenter’s communications director during his campaign.
A Chief of Staff is expected to be named within the next week. Carpenter will be sworn in as the next mayor of Brockton on January 6th.