Joe Shortsleeve's Response to the Arts & Culture Questionnaire

Joe recently had a conversation with MassCreative about his personal connection to the arts and culture in his District. In both high school and college, performing with theatre groups was an important part of Joe's extracurricular experience. Now, as a Medfield resident, Joe frequents local productions throughout the District. He understands that the arts promote inclusivity and forge strong community bonds. That's why Joe advocates for increasing MCC funding, promoting strong cultural and arts programs throughout the District, and keeping the arts in our schools so that children have a robust and well-rounded curriculum.

Read the whole questionnaire on MassCreative.

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Senate candidates share views on Foxboro rail pilot program

Whether or not a pilot program for daily commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium is put into place is a matter of great concern to both the residents of Walpole, where opposition to the pilot is high, and Foxboro, which has seen vocal public support for the town-sponsored pilot.

Shortsleeve said that he saw value in the expansion from an economic development perspective.

Read more on The Foxboro Reporter.

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Special election set to replace ex-Sen. Timilty

A special election has been set to replace former state Sen. James Timilty, who stepped down last month to become treasurer of Norfolk County.

At least five candidates have confirmed plans to run so far: two Democrats, Paul Feeney and Ted Phillips; two Republicans, Tim Hempton and Mike Berry; and former WBZ-TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve, who told The Sun Chronicle he will run as an independent.

Read more on WPRI.

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Timilty honored as race sees new faces

Former State Senator James Timilty, D-Walpole, was honored by The Foxboro Board of Selectmen with an official citation at its Tuesday meeting.

Former longtime television reporter Joe Shortsleeve originally announced his intention to run in the Democratic primary. However, he has now decided to run as an independent, virtually ensuring that he will make it to the general election ballot.

Read more on The Foxboro Reporter.

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Joe Shortsleeve, once a Trump-supporting Democrat, will run for state Senate as an independent

Former WBZ reporter and now state Senate candidate Joe Shortsleeve has solved his Donald Trump problem.

Shortsleeve has said publicly that he voted for Trump in the presidential race. As a Democrat, he would have faced a huge obstacle in getting the party’s nomination for a Norfolk County-based legislative seat. Instead, he now plans to run right around the Democrats, straight to the general election.

Read more on The Boston Globe.

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Shortsleeve takes independent route

State Senate candidate Joe Shortsleeve switched from the Democratic Party to independent status Tuesday, all but assuring he will be in an October special election.

With the move to register as an independent, or unenrolled as it is called in Massachusetts, the former television newsman will be able to avoid a Sept. 19 Democratic primary.

Read more on The Sun Chronicle.

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Joe Shortsleeve to run as Democrat in special election

Joe Shortsleeve, who uncovered skulduggery as a long-time WBZ-TV newsperson reporting on Massachusetts politics, now wants to step into the belly of the beast he once covered.

But first he has some difficult explaining to do to the anti-Trump activists who will dominate the Democratic nomination battle in the special election for state Senate.

Read more on The Boston Globe.

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Barrows takes a pass on Senate race, but Shortsleeve is in

State Rep. Jay Barrows has turned down an opportunity to run for an open state Senate seat, but former television newsman Joe Shortsleeve said he is running. “I am in.”

Read more on The Sun Chronicle.

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