By Lan Nguyen
The Asian American & Pacific Islander Corner Office Forum Series began introducing candidates for Massachusetts Governor to the Asian community on March 4 at 38 Oak Street. A second session with state treasurer Steve Grossman took place on March 10. The forum was hosted by 25 Asian American & Pacific Islander community partners.
Joe Avellone, a Democrat from Wellesley, kicked off the series by touching upon his various leadership roles as surgeon, entrepreneur, Chief Operating Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, as well as Selectman and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves’ Medical Corp. Avellone currently works as the Corporate Senior Vice President at PAREXEL International.
Avellone’s motivation to run for Massachusetts Governor stems from realizing that he could make a bigger impact in the community as a leader.
If elected, he aims to close the student achievement gap, develop new jobs by bringing in new industries, make healthcare more affordable, increase public safety through various diversion and reentry programs and create an Office of Recovery to combat the state’s growing substance abuse problem. These initiatives arise from his belief that “every person has a chance no matter where they started from.”
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