“The Prince of Darkness”, Secretary of State William F. Galvin has been the Secretary of State for almost 20 years. He began his five term run as Secretary of State in January of 1995. That means our State’s Chief Information Officer has been in office since before the Y2K scare.
Rather then come up with a list of names of people who could be candidates for Secretary of State, let’s look at, in the twenty-first century, what the Secretary of State is. In effect the office is that of our Chief Information Officer, the Commonwealth’s CIO. Not necessarily the Chief Technology Officer, but the guardian of the information of the state.
With that in mind, the ideal candidate we as Republicans could have is one that understands modern information systems, and the dissemination of information. A recently retired information leader who happens to be a Republican would be an ideal candidate.
Someone who understands how to create and implement modern content systems, to make the dissemination of the state’s public information more transparent, and easier to access.
The ideal candidate would also be a champion of transparency. As someone that periodically files public records requests with the Commonwealth it is frustrating when those requests aren’t answered. A Secretary of State who truly believes that the government’s information belongs to the people. A Secretary of State that would push government agencies to put more information online so that you wouldn’t need to file a public records request to begin with.
Besides these qualities, what do you think are the ideal qualities of a Secretary of State. Do you know any Republicans that fit this bill?