Healey and Driscoll Package Food, Discuss Priorities in Taunton Visit
Massachusetts Governor-Elect Maura Healey and Lt. Governor-Elect Kim Driscoll made a stop at the Boys & Girls Club in Taunton on Tuesday afternoon for a healthy food and school supplies drive as part of their weeklong "Team Up Massachusetts" tour.
The duo will tour across the Commonwealth, culminating with their inauguration at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, January 5.
Speaking with reporters, Healey and Driscoll remarked on how they believe the charitable events that they are participating in during their visits highlight the work on which they want to focus.
"Kids are relying on us, our next administration, to provide for their needs and be on the ground," Driscoll said. "This is the place that we learn and we listen and it better prepares us to take on those roles."
When asked about the administration's policy agenda, Healey provided the typical broad strokes on policy priorities that she had during the campaign, mentioning affordable housing, transportation, and childcare.
Healey also told reporters she would be revealing more specifics on their administration's plans at the inauguration in Boston on Thursday.
When asked who she sees as an opposition to the Healey-Driscoll agenda or what obstacles there may be given the fact that Republicans no longer have any their hands on any lever of power on Beacon Hill, the governor-elect turned down the opportunity to take a partisan tone.
"I don't think in those terms," Healey said. "I think in the terms of of how we work to get to 'yes' and get things done."
"I think I've learned, over the last eight years (as Attorney General) certainly, that you're going to find allies in a whole lot of places," she said. "Some of them unexpected – and you're going to get there by showing a willingness to listen, to communicate and to collaborate."
Healey and Driscoll took a guided tour of the Boys & Girls Club before engaging with people in attendance and hopping on the assembly line to package greens. Joining them on the assembly line was Taunton Mayor Shaunna O'Connell and State Rep. Carol Doherty (D-Taunton), who Healey had stumped for during the campaign.
Also in attendance was Senator Mark Pacheco (D-Taunton), State Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), State Rep. Chris Markey (D-Dartmouth), Bristol County Register of Probate Tom Hoye, former Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan, and members of the Taunton City Council.
Taunton was the Southeastern Massachusetts regional stop on Healey and Driscoll's tour. Later on Tuesday, they participated in another food drive in Yarmouth for their Cape Cod stop.
On Monday, the gubernatorial tandem was in Springfield and Worcester for their Western and Central Massachusetts stop. On Wednesday, they'll visit Lowell for their Merrimack Valley stop, the fifth and final visit before the inauguration on Thursday.