Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties

Western Mass Republicans Campaign Season Kickoff Luncheon

The First Annual WMR Campaign Season Kickoff Luncheon will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday April 9 on the upper level of the Wherehouse, 109 Lyman Street, Holyoke. Join party leaders and GOP supporters from across the region as we mark the beginning of Campaign 2016.

Keynote speaker for the event will be former State Representative and Lt. Governor candidate Reed Hillman. If you've ever heard Reed speak, you know that this will be a fun time. He will regale us with stories of political life in Massachusetts as only Reed can. You will also have time to talk with special guests in attendance including current legislators and members of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee.

The luncheon is open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the WMR Candidate Academy classes. Lunch attendees will also be able to our visit Campaign Vendors’ display booths.

If you plan to attend, please mail the following form with your check payable to WRM to Janet Garon, PO Box 24, Southbridge, MA 01550. Look forward to seeing you all on the 6th! And thank you for supporting the Western Mass Republicans. Cost per person is $30. Reserve today and beat the rush. Tickets are available at the door.


Professor Reed Hillman’s Bio: Reed grew up in an active Republican family, starting with literature drops and sign holding while still in junior high. At age 21, he was elected to the Framingham Republican Town Committee and then ran for Framingham Planning Board, getting the highest vote total of any Republican candidate in the town election that year. At 25, he became a lawyer, and a member of the Massachusetts State Police. After marrying his school teacher wife, Therese, they moved to Sturbridge in 1979, and they joined the Sturbridge Republican Town Committee. As a Trooper, Reed was elected 12 times to union office, including a stint as the State Police Union Treasurer. Progressing through the state police ranks, he was appointed as Colonel/Superintendent by Gov Bill Weld in 1996, leading 2300 Troopers, and serving for 3 years, as crime and crash fatalities both plummeted under his leadership. Retiring to run for State Representative in 1999, he won a hotly contested race with the help of Gov Bill Weld and Lt Gov Paul Cellucci, turning a long time solid 'D' seat into a seat that has been Republican ever since. As a Rep, Reed helped pass into law several pieces of critical public safety legislation, including mandatory GPS for sex offenders, drunk driving reform, DNA database for convicted felons, Amber Alert, and anti-terror legislation, while at the same time fighting for lower taxes and less regulation. After being elected twice more without opposition, Reed worked to pass on his seat to his aide, Todd Smola, who cruised to victory in 2004, one of only two new GOP members of the legislature that year. Reed was nominated by the Republican Party as the candidate for Lt Governor in 2006, only to see Deval Patrick win the election. Reed was twice nominated for US Marshal for Massachusetts by Pres George Bush, only to have Sen Ted Kennedy refuse to allow the nomination to ever come to a vote in the US Senate. Reed has been a delegate to state GOP convention several times, convention speaker two times, and has worked tirelessly for countless GOP candidates for local, state and federal office, holding signs, making calls, advising campaigns, (lately, with State Committee running mate, Lindsay Valanzola, at his side), and raising over $1 million for GOP candidates. Reed is presently a Professor of Criminal Justice at Mount Wachusett Community College, and he and Therese have two Republican children, both lawyers, and both sharing their parent's dedication to a safe, prosperous, and free America.

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