After flipping house seat, Orrall aims for same at Treasury

By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 30, 2018…..Promising to look out for small businesses, collaborate with others and roll back regulations at the state Treasury, Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville was chosen by Republicans on Saturday as their endorsed candidate for the office of state treasurer.

“I’m the only candidate who has the skills, background, and relationships needed to make sure that everyone is better served by the Treasury,” Rep. Keiko Orrall said Saturday in Worcester. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Drawing from her roughly seven years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Orrall told delegates at Worcester’s DCU Center that she knows “what it takes to deliver commonsense reform” and that fellow representatives “would say that I am one of the most tenacious legislators in the State House.”

She said that if voters statewide elect her in November, she will bring the same “problem solving over politics” approach she has developed in the House to the Treasury.

“You can count on Keiko to end overregulation by the Treasury, you can count on Keiko to protect small businesses and consumers, you can count on Keiko to work towards a more solvent and more profitable pension system, you can count on Keiko to ensure that we have an efficient lottery system that’s giving back to our communities, you can count on Keiko to bring accountability and transparency back to the Treasury,” she said after being nominated by acclamation.

During her time in the Legislature, Orrall has been a critic of nationalized school testing standards and has received high marks from pro-life, anti-tax and gun rights advocacy groups. She opposed plans for a tribal casino in Taunton, and was outspoken about the need to provide communities surrounding the proposed site with more mitigation money.

Orrall told convention delegates that under Democratic Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the Treasury has had “a recent history of overregulation, overreach and in many cases, just not getting the job done.”

“We can, and must, do better,” she said.


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