WOBURN — Keep MA Safe, the ballot question committee to repeal the Bathroom and Locker Room law, has named a new Chairman to lead its effort through the November election. Earlier this week, Deborah Dugan of Watertown replaced Chanel Prunier as the official chairman of the ballot question committee.
“The Transgender Bathroom and Locker room law most negatively impacts women across our state, endangering their safety and privacy. We’re very encouraged that strong women like Debby are getting more involved, stepping forward to help lead our effort,” said Chanel Prunier, former Chairman of the Keep MA Safe ballot committee.
Prunier will remain involved in an advisory and background role, enabling Dugan to become the public face of the campaign, rallying the grassroots army that made the signature drive a success.
“I’m excited to become a part of this growing team,” Dugan said. “Women, men, parents, business owners, students, people of all walks of life increasingly understand this law defies common sense.”
Dugan has a long history of grassroots activism, most recently in New Jersey prior to moving to Massachusetts. She was elected as a school board member in NJ from 1991-2003, serving a total of 12 years in 3 different school districts. The defining work of her school committee tenure was to help write and pass NJ legislation to stop NJ’s interpretation of “School-to-Work,” a predecessor of Common Core and a second bill called the “Nosy Student Survey Bill,” which protected students from answering personal questions about their home life without written parental approval.
Since moving to MA, Dugan served as secretary to the Watertown Republican Town Committee and as an Election Commissioner in Watertown. In 2016, she was elected as the Republican State Committeewoman serving the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District. She also is an active member of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA 5) and is on the board of directors at The Jenney Museum in Plymouth.