Katie Forde has announced for Register of Deeds for Suffolk County. The following is her statement:
My name is Katie Forde, I’m running to be the next Register of Deeds for Suffolk County, and I’m writing to ask that you consider supporting me in the Democratic Primary on September 4th. I am running for this office because I believe in the power of good government at every level. In Boston today, we’re facing a housing crisis that requires all of us to step up.
Too many families can’t afford to have kids and stay in our neighborhoods. Statewide, almost 70 percent of white families own their own homes, while less than a third of black, Latino and Asian families do. That’s the second-widest homeownership gap in the country.
I moved to Massachusetts in 2005 to join the front lines in the fight for marriage equality. Since then, I’ve worked in JP and neighborhoods across our city to elect progressive champions like Attorney General Maura Healey and I am proud to have her support in this race.
As a paralegal, I worked in a bankruptcy practice representing working families facing foreclosure.
The Register of Deeds is paid $142,000 per year, and has a $2 million budget. You deserve more for that investment. I’m running for Register because: as a paralegal, a homeowner, and the wife of a veteran, I know how difficult it can be to cut through red tape to get the services we need.
As Register, I will transform this office into one that promotes homeownership and advocates for seniors and veterans. I will work hard every day to protect your most valuable asset, your home, and partner with community leaders and non-profits to expand access to homeownership.
We have the Community Preservation Act, but we need increased funding to provide meaningful support to every neighborhood. I will work with our legislators and city councilors to advocate for increased funding, which can be generated through the fees collected at the Registry.
As the hub that all real estate transactions go through, the Register of Deeds has a responsibility not only to record deeds, but to serve as a consumer protection agency for those who own or may seek to own a home. I will work to support and empower small business owners and families to protect their homes, businesses, and our neighborhoods from predatory lenders.
You can learn more about me and my campaign at www.katieforde.com. I ask for your vote on September 4th.