State Representative Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), who has served as a state representative from Plymouth for 16 years, is running for election for the Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate seat being vacated by State Senate President Therese Murray.
The district covers the towns of Falmouth, Sandwich and Bourne on Cape and Plymouth, Pembroke and Kingston.
He is being challenged by Matthew Patrick, a former state representative from the Town of Falmouth.
The following is an interview with him in advance of the November 4 election.
The following is information as provided on the candidate’s website.
Vinny deMacedo has represented the First Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1999.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, his family moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts when he was only six months old. Vinny grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts with his six brothers and sisters. He is a 1983 graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School and a 1987 graduate of The King’s College in New York with a degree in Business Administration.
A long-time small business owner, deMacedo has owned and operated RWA Mobil on Route 3A in the Cedarville section of South Plymouth since 1991, where he can still be found working early every weekday morning.
He and his wife of 23 years, Jennifer, live in Plymouth. They have three children, ages 20, 17, and 15.
At the State House, deMacedo has served in a leadership position for 12 years as the Ranking Minority Member on the House Ways and Means Committee, a House committee which reviews all legislation related to the state’s finances.
He has also served as the past President of the Massachusetts Legislator’s Association.
Over the past 16 years, many associations have acknowledged Representative deMacedo for his legislative work. His awards include:
- Twice named Legislator of the Year – Massachusetts Town Clerks Association
- Legislator of the Year – Jewish Community Relations Council
- Legislator of the Year – Council of Human Services Providers
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award