Terrence Kennedy at forefront of Wendlandt confirmation

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito listens to Gov. Charlie Baker during the daily Coronavirus briefing held at the Gardner Auditorium at the State House. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


Last week, behind the leadership of Everett’s Terrence Kennedy, the Governor’s Council unanimously approved the confirmation of Dalila Argaez Wendlandt as Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Wendlandt is the first Hispanic person to be appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Thus, ended a process that began earlier in November when Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the decision to nominate Wendlandt.

“Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt is a highly intelligent, accomplished jurist who has served with distinction on the Appeals Court, and I am confident that she will continue to serve with integrity and impartiality on the Supreme Judicial Court,” said Baker.

“I congratulate Justice Wendlandt on her unanimous confirmation, and extend my gratitude to the members of the Governor’s Council for their careful consideration of this highly-qualified candidate who will be the first Hispanic person to serve on the Commonwealth’s highest court.”

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Terrence Kennedy urges parole hearings resume

Says second chances in life are important


Governor’s Councilor Attorney Terrence Kennedy has taken center stage in an effort to pressure the Parole Board and the Baker Administration to resume pardon and commutation hearings.

Over the past 23 years, one Massachusetts inmate has been granted a commutation, a record of inaction that Kennedy called “outrageous,” in a Boston Globe report Monday that highlighted the issue.

“The whole commutation-pardon system exists for a reason,” Kennedy said. “When they turn their lives around and do the right things, they should have a meaningful opportunity to have a second chance.”

There are 117 commutation and 209 pardon petitions pending before the Parole Board, said Jake Wark, a spokesman. The state constitution gives the governor authority to grant clemency, or leniency, to those convicted of crimes. A commutation reduces an inmate’s sentence, paving the way for immediate release or parole eligibility, while a pardon erases a conviction.

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Terrence Kennedy pulls away from Helina Fontes in Gov’s Council race


As of midnight Tuesday, Governor’s Councilor Terrence Kennedy appeared poised to pull away from his opponent Helina Fontes.

With 52.5% of precincts reporting in District 6, Kennedy’s lead had grown to more than 3400 or 37,583 to 34,123.

In Everett balloting, Kennedy swept away the vote commandingly.

He scored 3608 votes to Fontes 1749.

As Tuesday turned into Wednesday, Kennedy was leading Fontes with 52.41% of the vote as opposed to 47.59% of the vote.

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Vote for Governor’s Councilor Terrence Kennedy

When Terrence Kennedy was growing up in Everett, nearly everyone who knew him liked him and recognized he was heading for success.

As a young man, he never considered who his friends would be because of the color of their skin or their race or religion.

Terrence Kennedy

This always was the mark of Terrence Kennedy.

He remains the same today.

As a young man, he was a gregarious kid who thrived among all kinds of people, who was always willing to give a helping hand to neighbors and friends and to those he did not know.

His loyalty and support for friends has never wavered.

He is a great son of Everett who has known how to do the right thing all his life as he was taught by his father before him.

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