BROOKLINE, MA – Dave Cavell, a Brookline native and former White House speechwriter, announced he, too, is vying for a chance to represent Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District. He joins three other Brookline residents who have announced that they plan to run for the seat in Congress as Rep. Joe Kennedy announced he would be running for Senate next year. Two Newton city councilors have also announced they’re running.
Cavell, 35, served as a presidential speechwriter for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House from 2015 to 2017. He went on to work as senior adviser and assistant attorney general for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey from 2017 to 2019. He also worked as deputy director of new media and deputy speechwriter for Gov. Deval Patrick from 2007 to 2010.
While Cavell was assistant attorney general, the office sued President Donald Trump and his administration more than 50 times.
“I’m running for Congress because we need to restore the rule of law in Washington and deliver bold, transformational change for people in this entire district,” Cavell said in a statement. “I worked for a President who inspired this country and always tried to do the right thing. As Assistant Attorney General under Maura Healey, the People’s Lawyer, I fought against a president who is wreaking havoc on our institutions and causing harm to working families in Massachusetts.”
Cavell plans to visit to Attleboro and Taunton in the coming days to discuss the opioid epidemic and meet with those in recovery.
He said he plans to focus on combating the opioid crisis across the Commonwealth, building on the accomplishments of the Attorney General’s office, which instituted prevention education in public middle schools, led the national investigation into prescription opioid manufacturers, and put Purdue Pharma out of business.
“I’m ready to tackle the opioid epidemic on day one, from getting families the resources they need to ensuring those who have profited off this devastating epidemic are held accountable,” said Cavell in a statement. “It’s time we take this fight to Washington to address this crisis and stop the next pharma company from spreading a new generation of deadly pills.”
Born and raised in Brookline, he got his bachelors from Tufts University, where he met his wife Kate. After graduating he volunteered with Teach for America and then went on to get his law degree from Georgetown University.
Democratic Socialist Ihssane Leckey of Brookline declared she was running in May, expecting to challenge Kennedy himself. Brookline resident Alan Khazei, who co-founded City Year announced his candidacy last month. Earlier this month Jesse Mermell became the third Brookline resident to announce she was running. Newton City Councilors Becky Walker Grossman and Jake Auchincloss also both jumped in the race. And several more appear to be circling from Brookline and beyond.
The Fourth Congressional District includes parts of Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester counties. Before Kennedy was elected in 2012, Barney Frank held the seat from 1981 until Kennedy took over.