Patricia Saint Aubin’s press team sent out the following release.
Norfolk, MA – Pledging to ensure that her office is a truly independent watchdog for state taxpayers, Patricia Saint Aubin announced her candidacy for Massachusetts State Auditor as a Republican today.
Saint Aubin, who resides in Norfolk with her husband Ralph Greggs, has extensive private sector experience in the financial, insurance and healthcare industries working at Shawmut Bank, John Hancock, Connecticut Mutual – now Massachusetts Mutual – and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
“The job of the State Auditor isn’t to justify state spending, but rather to put the onus on the agencies, authorities, departments and vendors of state government to prove that they are acting efficiently and responsibly when spending state tax dollars,” said Saint Aubin, who holds a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in American History from Providence College. “Under my leadership, the Auditor’s Office will not be a passive rubberstamp; it will be an aggressive watchdog on behalf of taxpayers.”
Saint Aubin said she would use her private sector accounting and financial experience to bring a fresh perspective to the Auditor’s Office.
“I will make it clear to the team of professional auditors in my office on Day One that there are no sacred cows in state government; we’ll do everything in our power to make government more accountable and transparent,” said Saint Aubin. “The people of the Commonwealth who work hard and pay the bills need to have confidence that state government is spending their tax dollars wisely.”
Saint Aubin, 55, has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6 and has been recognized as a U.S. Master Swimmer (USMS), ranking in the Top 10 of her age bracket for nearly a decade. She said that competitive spirit will be the driving force behind her first run at statewide political office.
“The time is now for reform-minded candidates, dedicated to bipartisan leadership on Beacon Hill,” said Saint Aubin. “The Auditor’s Office needs to be free from the influence of powerful special interests. Under my leadership, I will make sure that’s exactly what it will be.”
Please visit www.patriciasaintaubin.com for more information about the campaign.
after the jump is background on Saint Aubin
Patricia Saint Aubin believes the job of the State Auditor isn’t to justify state spending, but rather to put the onus on the agencies, authorities, departments and vendors of state government to prove that they are acting efficiently and responsibly when spending state tax dollars. “Under my leadership, the Auditor’s Office will not be a passive rubberstamp; it will be an aggressive watchdog on behalf of taxpayers,” said Saint Aubin.
Patricia is a lifelong Massachusetts resident who was raised in South Dartmouth and attended Bishop Stang High School. Growing up, Patricia’s parents instilled in her the values of public service, civic involvement and charity. Her father was a Marine Corps Veteran who earned his living as a Commercial Painting Contractor, while still finding time to organize the annual St. Mary’s Church Fair and serve as President of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce. Her mother was also a local leader and elected Town Meeting member for many years.
After high school, Patricia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Providence College in 1980 before embarking on a career in business. She got her start as an Accounting student and continued as an Auditor with the Asset-Based Lending group of the Shawmut Bank in Boston, and then went on to stints with John Hancock Life Insurance Company and Connecticut Mutual Life, now Massachusetts Mutual Life, as well as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). It was at BIMDC that Patricia pioneered one of the first corporate wellness programs, now a staple of so many health and insurance programs.
She later returned to her alma mater at Providence College, earning her Masters in American History in 2009, and is now pursuing a double major Masters in European History there.
A competitive swimmer since the age of 6, Patricia is recognized as a U.S. Master Swimmer, ranked among the best in her age group for nearly a decade. Last year, she competed in a prestigious U.S. Masters Nationals in Indianapolis, racing to a 4th Place finish – in her age bracket – in a 1,650-yard swim, called “The Mile,” that involves completing 33 laps down and back in the pool without stopping.
After seeing loved ones afflicted with cancer, Patricia became a fixture at numerous volunteer and philanthropic swim events including “Swim Across America,” where she is consistently one of the top fundraisers, to raise awareness and support for Dana-Farber and cancer research.
A resident of Norfolk with her husband, Ralph Greggs, Patricia has also been active at the local level volunteering on boards and committees including the Norfolk Bylaw Study Committee, Hockomock YMCA, the Norfolk Open Space Committee and Boston Life Underwriters Association. A 17-year member of the Norfolk Republican Town Committee, and the current Vice-Chair, Patricia was elected Republican State Committeewoman for the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district in 2012. In that capacity, she serves as the representative of the state party, assisting and recruiting candidates for local and state office.