December 6, 2012
Dear State Committee Members,
I am writing to you today to declare my candidacy for Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party. In light of Bob Maginn's decision not to seek reelection, I have called Bob to let him know of my intentions as I have great respect and admiration for him. From my position on Senator Scott Brown's finance team, I saw first-hand how diligently he worked to raise money for our candidates up and down the ticket. The impressive level of funding he delivered to legislative candidates is a strategy I look forward to progressing. There is no doubt that Bob will retain an active role in the Party and we are stronger for his leadership.
Many of you know me as an employee of the MassGOP, when in 2010 I ran our very successful state convention in Worcester and served as the political field director, when we more than doubled our House caucus members in the State Legislature. Most recently, I served as the Deputy Finance Director for Senator Scott Brown’s re-election campaign, helping raise more money than any other incumbent U.S. Senate campaign in the country. Last year, I was honored to be elected City Councilor in Quincy after running a true grassroots campaign in a district with only 10% registered Republicans!
It was during my time working at the MassGOP helping others run their campaigns (and by running my own campaign for elected office) that I discovered the value of our Republican town and city committees to local candidates. I received critically important help from the Quincy Republican City Committee and could not have won without their support. A commitment to expanding Republican leadership at the local level is vital to establishing a statewide farm team of candidates. In order to win at the local level, we must recruit and train new candidates and reach out to new voters.
As a locally elected official, I know it takes hard work, not just talk, to win! As Republicans, we know we have the right message and solutions for the Massachusetts voters. It’s a matter of getting out there and getting our message to their door step. I’m fully committed to ensuring that the MassGOP provides our candidates and local committees with the data and people needed to win. We must prioritize our Republican community leaders and lift them into the elected arena.
To prepare for 2014, the MassGOP must set out in a new conservative direction and present a crystal clear message of bringing balance to Beacon Hill. The recipe includes long hours of face to face campaigning. The Massachusetts Republican Party needs to be competitive in the areas of party registration, fundraising, and candidate recruitment. I have worked in all these areas during the last few cycles and have what it takes to move us forward.
I have been tremendously fortunate to work closely with the leaders of our Party, and passionate supporters who are committed to building our future. I have had the privilege of working with many of you and your candidates. I promise to be a full-time Chair who will be in the field every day providing conservative leadership with a commitment to strengthening our grassroots organizations. In fact, I am grassroots!
As a life-long Massachusetts Republican, I know our mission is difficult; but, more importantly, I care deeply about our future. With great excitement, I look forward to meeting the challenges we face and winning seats at every level of government! I stand with and admire those who run for any elected position as a Republican in our Commonwealth. Thus, I greatly respect the role you have in regards to our future. Before I ask for your vote to be the next Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, I want to earn it! If you do not hear from me first, please feel free to call me on my cell phone at 978-430-3979 or email me at citycouncilorhughes@gmail.