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June 14, 2013

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins delivered the opening address for President Barack Obama’s visit to Roxbury in support of
Ed Markey for U.S. Congress.

Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins stood before a crowd of over five–thousand people to welcome President Barack Obama to Roxbury Community College in support of Ed Markey for U.S. Congress.

Sheriff Tompkins, who is also currently the Vice Chair of Roxbury Community College’s Board of Trustees, was the first of all the elected officials to give his welcome, setting the tone for the entire event.

“Many have fought and many have died for the privilege – no, for the right, to have our voices heard” said Sheriff Tompkins. “Know this, if our voices fall silent, we will get the government we deserve.”

Sheriff Tompkins emphasized the importance of education and civic engagement, and pointed to the presence of the other speakers, of which included headliner President Obama, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Senator Sonia Chang–Diaz, and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, as a testament to civic engagement.

“Civics teaches us citizenship, the significance of government, the beauty of community activism and the power of the vote,” Sheriff Tompkins exclaimed. “When the President of this great nation visits with us to talk about activism and the need to vote…these actions are a testament to civic engagement.” The audience roared in approval, becoming even more ablaze than they were upon arrival.

The Sheriff ended his speech by telling the audience why he has chosen to endorse Congressman Markey for the U.S. Senate seat.

“As the Suffolk County Sheriff, I have seen firsthand the damage and destruction caused by gun violence. Enough! Enough already! I ask you to join me in supporting Ed Markey. Let’s send one of our most legislatively productive and creative public servants to the Senate to handle our business.”


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