When I was in middle school in Dorchester, I watched with curiosity as Fred MacDonald, a-then-candidate for State Representative, carefully mounted his campaign signs with suction cups to the tops of neighbor's vehicles. Sporting a stingray bicycle, I approached Mr. MacDonald and asked if he had a sign for my bike. He glanced oddly and then, to my surprise, said he didn’t yet but would if I would return later in the afternoon. Later that day, he attached a bumper sticker mounted on foam board to the handlebars of my stingray and I was hooked. I spent every day that summer recruiting other neighborhood kids and we spent our free time stuffing envelopes and distributing flyers. That man single-handedly kept every kid out of their parent’s hair while providing many lessons in government and civic duty. He took us to the State House for a tour and took every opportunity to explain the importance of getting involved. He got his mailing done and filled our bellies with pizza and sandwiches.
Over the years, I worked hard on many campaigns and honestly, loved every minute of it. I loved being involved and thought for sure politics was in my future. Eventually, our family, including my siblings, Trysha, Michael, Teddy and Karen, my mom "known as Nana Moe" and my late dad, Eddie, moved from Dorchester to Weymouth.
It would not be too long after that I married my husband Jack, a Weymouth boy. He was brought up in Weymouth and wanted to bring his children up here so for more than 30 years, it has been my home. With three children. life became quite busy. While I didn’t run for a political office, I became involved early on. I was very active in cub scouts, soccer and baseball, Pop Warner Football and even the high school marching band. I was chosen as one of the first representatives to the town-wide parent council representing the Murphy School in the early 90’s. I was asked by former Mayor Madden to serve on the events committee and did so for many years. I was instrumental in the first Weymouth Day parade. I continued to keep active offering a hand in various campaigns. Still, the urge to get more formally involved in politics lurked in the background until my interest was again peaked when my predecessor, TJ informed me that he was resigning. Again, I tossed the idea around but still wasn’t sure.
On Sunday, July 15, 2018, that all changed for me, our community suffered incredible loss, our public safety was threatened, and I knew I needed to do something. Not sure what that was but I knew it was something more. I needed to stand up and take responsibility to do what I could to affect change in the place I call I home. I was raised on the values of stepping up, speaking up and taking action.
I am a wife to Jack, a mother to Sean, Shannon and Kevin, a grandmother to Thomas, Emalee, Kenzie, Mason and Kaelyn, a Weymouth landing area homeowner, a Weymouth small business owner and a proud Weymouth citizen.
I have held jobs in the State’s criminal justice system, the Massachusetts' Teacher's Retirement Board as well as the State Auditor’s office. I have also spent more than two decades working at Boston University where I earned both a Baccalaureate Degree in Urban Planning and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law. After my position in Community Relations was eliminated, my career took a different path leading to my current position in the utilities where I manage the Energy Efficiency Program for Small Business at Eversource.
As a lifelong learner, I again returned to school in the fall of 2017. I received a Masters in Facilities Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in June of 2018. I am proud to say that I was the recipient of the 2018 Excellence Scholarship from the International Facilities Managers Association Boston Chapter as well as the MMA Alumni Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
In September of 2018, I was appointed by the Town Council for the District Two Seat. I currently and proudly represent all the citizens of Weymouth. While I have been very active in my role as a Councilor, I feel there is so much more work to be done.
I respectfully ask that you will consider me and Vote "Mo" Kiely on November 5th, 2019!