Following in his family’s footsteps, Joe has spent his life as a dedicated public servant. His father and his grandfather both served in Everett city government. Inspired by his father, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army, Joe ran for office and served as both an Everett City Councilor and an Alderman. He was twice elected by his peers as President of the Board of City Council.
Joe was elected as Everett’s State Representative in November 2014, after defeating the incumbent in the Democratic Primary Election. Since then, Joe has brought the experience he’s garnered from public service, and as a small business owner, to strongly advocate for everyone in Everett. In his leadership role as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, Joe is developing policy solutions to combat the housing crisis facing the Commonwealth and especially in Everett. Joe helped pass the largest $1.8 Billion Dollar Housing Bond Bill, which is helping to make housing more affordable. As a result of this legislation, St. Teresa’s on Broadway is building 77 affordable units for seniors.
In addition to advocating for affordable housing, Joe has been tremendously successful in delivering state funding for Everett. During his tenure and working collaboratively with Speaker Bob DeLeo, State Senator Sal DiDomenico and Mayor Carlo DeMaria, McGonagle has secured millions of state funding in Everett for:
- Workforce training programs at local community colleges and at the Everett Career Resource Center so Everett residents can develop the skills necessary to achieve a high earning career.
- The beautification and revitalization of the Malden River so Everett residents can access the river via a new canoe/kayak ramp.
- The expansion of senior programming at the Connolly Center by providing funding to renovate the basement.
- Infrastructure improvements including signage on major thoroughfares to help maintain safety on our roads.
- Substance abuse and mental health services by securing funding for a new clinician in the City.
Most importantly, Joe is accessible to you and delivers top-notch constituent services helping people with state issues like unemployment. This past year, Joe was able to secure additional funding from Speaker DeLeo to hire additional staff. Joe now has his aide - Dianne Lees - serving individuals at City Hall four days a week.
Joe is running for re-election because Everett deserves a State Representative who has the experience, relationships, and work ethic to deliver for you and your family. He also has brought honesty and integrity back to Everett and plans on working hard to earn your vote in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday, September 1st.
Education & Public Service
- Pope John XXIII High School, Everett
- Former City Councilor-at-Large, City of Everett
- Former Member and President, Board of Aldermen, City of Everett
- E-Club, Everett; Member of the Elks
- Everett Chamber of Commerce
- State Representative, 28th Middlesex District