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Register of Deeds race gets more crowded

John Keith of the South End (yes, our John Keith) is running for Suffolk County Register of Deeds, joining a field that includes former city councilors Steve Murphy and Charles Yancey, perennial candidate Doug Bennett and newcomers Katie Forde and Paul Nutting.

Unlike the other candidates, Keith, a long-time real-estate broker, says he would spend his first year figuring out if the job should even exist as an elected position anymore.

But, he adds, if you're going to elect somebody, elect somebody who actually knows about real estate.

As a real estate broker for the past fourteen years, I am involved with the deeds office on a regular basis, and visit its website, daily. My experience makes me the best person for this position.

For too long, the registrar of deeds job has been seen as a political office that exists purely for personal gain. In reality, the role is an important and necessary one. Of any elected office, this job should go to someone based on what he or she knows, not who she or he knows.

Also unlike the other candidates, Keith will run as an independent, meaning an automatic slot on the November ballot, should he collect enough signatures.

Whoever wins would replace Mickey Roache, who resigned in December.

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If I lived there, I'd vote for you.

Suldog
http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com

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And well played, good sir.

Good luck to Mr. Keith. I will be excitedly following your campaign!

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dvdoff guaranteed financial support for John's next political campaign:
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'sup?

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Looking forward to seeing you beat Yancey like a drum! I'll also be throwing some cash your way in the next week or so.

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Bennett or Bust!

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How can someone with professional interests in the industry hold a position to regulate it? We must continue our tradition of electing wholly unqualified candidates to office in order to ensure an appropriate discharge of ethics.

Conversely, we should ensure that all public officials should not be allowed to enter the private sector as consultants lest their intimate knowledge of their industry benefit private interests or the public. We must have a separation of public and private sector for life! Pick a career track out of college and you're stuck with it.

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April 1 and all.

:D

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hand painted green plywood campaign signs? No conflict there.

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You actually bring up a good point in your humorous post.

I'm running as a qualified candidate based on my 14 years as a real estate broker, with the knowledge & experience to fulfill - and exceed - the requirements of the registrar(er) job.

However, there IS a possibility that some people (and, voters) might see a real conflict of interest of someone like me going to work at the Registry.

Simple solution that I had already come up with: My Massachusetts real estate broker's license expires on November 1, 2016 (four year license, expires on your birthday, gifts accepted), conveniently a week before the election for registrar(er).

I won't renew my license with the expectation I'll be winning the election the following week.

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My point wasn't that there is a conflict of interest, though I appreciate the response. I don't think there is. Usually there's just a lot of overreaction towards people who have been successful and have existing relationships in industry subject to regulation. Worse to have idiots regulating. Keep your license. Not worth having to sit through those classes just to get a piece of paper saying you're qualified to do something you've been doing for years.

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And who will Liz Warren endorse?

This is awesome.

Ps- I might even donate to all the non-city-council candidates. Just because.

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