Hungry Brain Podcast: Dolan

Toward the end of today’s show, Mara Dolan aptly described herself as having a hungry brain. She just noted that a voter she was canvassing in her MA Senate run for 3rd Middlesex told her she didn’t have to know everything off the bat. She concurred and knows she loves adding to knowledge and skills.

Dolan has a background as state Democratic Party activist, attorney, and host of her Right Here, Right Now cable show. She recently completed the Emerge Massachusetts training to inspire and enable women to run for public office. When Sen. Susan Fargo decided not to run for re-election, Dolan was one of four Dems in the hunt. There are also two announced Republicans.

We’re early to her campaign, which officially kicks off on March 29th in Concord. Before then, her campaign website, which is just the splash/donate opening at the moment will detail her platform.

Listen in as she describes her district and her beginning emphasis on veterans, seniors, women, and health care. Many of these are Fargo’s issues too, but Dolan would like to expand and alter them. For example, she talks to increasing access to health care for minority women.

Another wrinkle is that she thinks “we need as Democrats to become the best party for supporting businesses.” A new emphasis here would include legislation to permit B Corporations, which have public-good components, which some states already allow. Click below to hear her speak of the benefits.

Our far-ranging session with her included her background, such as supporting herself from age 18. She firmly opposes MBTA fare increases and service cuts, as well as wanting sensible funding revision.

Despite her district’s spanning from gritty Chelmsford to tony Lexington, she said she firmly believes “we have much more in common” than differences. She claims to love the retail campaigning, which she says reinforces that, particularly in people’s stated issues.

The first scheduled candidate forum will be June 16th. She’s hoping and working for a lot of such gatherings. The primary will be on an unusual Thursday, September 6th, this year.

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