GOP candidate to run for state treasurer
Keiko Orrall wants to make history — again.
The Republican state representative from Lakeville, who in 2011 became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, launched her state treasurer campaign Tuesday morning as she seeks to unseat Deb Goldberg, a Democrat.
In a video released by her campaign, Orrall said she wants to bring “fiscal responsibility” to the treasurer’s office to make it “work better and smarter for you.”
“I just think we need to have someone who is holding the 15 agencies under that constitutional office down to accountable standards, to make sure [the office] is being run efficiently for taxpayers,” she said in a telephone interview Monday night.
If elected, Orrall said she will work to ensure that the agencies under the Treasury “are working for the taxpayers and not setting up roadblocks for people to overcome” and would look to reduce “onerous regulation.”
“We need to have people who are making regulations that make sense, that are for the benefit of the taxpayers,” she said. “Not just bureaucrats, sitting in cubicles, making rules for the sake of rules and not understanding the consequences.”
A supporter of President Trump, Orrall said she knows she could be facing an uphill battle explaining her position to Massachusetts voters. According to a recent WBUR poll, just 28 percent of those surveyed viewed Trump favorably.
“I voted for the president, but I don’t agree with him on everything. My first loyalty is always to the people of Massachusetts,” Orrall said. “Is the [political] climate challenging? Absolutely, but I believe voters want someone who is loyal to the taxpayer.”
Orrall said she believes people vote for the candidate, “and they know and I have shown that I am a very hard worker . . . someone who is focused on problem-solving, not politics.”
“When I start talking with agencies under the Treasury and what needs to change, when I start talking about those things, people will respond,” she said. “They want someone who will be on their side.”
Referencing a more popular figure in Massachusetts, Orrall said she was focused on “the Bill Belichick motto of state government: Do your job.” She said she would take on the state’s financial issues “the way I’ve tackled anything else — one at a time, by talking to people who are directly affected and by focusing on solving the problems in front of me.”
“We get so caught up in the vision that we’re not focused on the reality of getting the job done,” Orrall said. “I would be focused on doing my job.”
In a statement, Goldberg said Tuesday she was proud of “the work I have done as treasurer and welcome this opportunity to highlight our work over the last three years.”
“As a steward of our state’s finances, we have promoted fiscally responsible policies while breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for people all over the state,” she said.