A MassInc study published last November found that Massachusetts elected officials do not reflect the diversity of the commonwealth. According to the report, unbalanced representation by race and ethnicity is apparent, as well as gaps by gender and party affiliation. On The Point, we discuss what it takes to run for elected office, whether a local board or the state legislature, why we don’t see more diverse candidates, and some of the supports available to help prepare individuals to run for office.
Guests on the program are: Sheila Lyons, former Barnstable County Commissioner and candidate for State Senate
John Milligan, Political Director at Massachussetts GOP
Judy Zaunbrecher Co-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the League of Women Voters
Veronica Martinez, Executive Director of the Massachussetts Democratic Party