Thomas F. Patch Announces Candidacy for Hingham Town Clerk

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May 12, 2021, Submitted by Thomas F. Patch, Candidate for Hingham Town Clerk

To Hingham voters and all others the Hingham Town Clerk serves:

I am a candidate for election as the next Hingham Town Clerk in the May 22nd Town Election.

What does the Hingham Town Clerk do? The gist of Town’s job description provides it is an elected position performing complex administrative, supervisory, and professional work as Hingham’s Chief Elections Officer and Legislative/Chief Public Information/Public Records/Licenses/Census/Voter Registration Administrator, as well as in directing and coordinating activities of Town Clerk’s Department.

Why am I asking Hingham voters for their vote for the job?

Simply, although it is an elected position, those whom the Town Clerk serves deserve the next Town Clerk be the person actually possessing the qualifications of the necessary pertinent skill set, knowledge and experience to achieve the successfully seamless transition in the position from day one needed because of Town Clerk McCracken's well-earned and deserved retirement after 24 years on the job. I am confident that I am that person among the four candidates.

I am fortunate to be a born and raised Hinghamite with deep family roots in Hingham starting with my Irish immigrant great, great grandparents who came to Hingham in the mid-1800s and started a farm. My father, Fletcher Patch, after his WW II Navy service worked his way up to become Hingham Fire Chief.

This has instilled in me a deep appreciation, and a strong commitment to continue the values and work, of those who have come before us that has made Hingham the terrific welcoming community in which we all have chosen to live or work. It has also taught me the 7 necessary words and mindset for a Town employee, official, or volunteer to successfully interact with the public: Hi, how can I help you today?

Although the only legal requirement to be Town Clerk is to be a Hingham resident, the Town’s job description sets out recommended qualifications. I meet these qualifications because of my:

  • Town Clerk’s office volunteer worker experience under Town Clerk McCracken’s supervision, giving me the critical “behind the counter” experience of how Town Clerk McCracken performs the position and operates the office
  • elections experience where for several years I served as a Hingham elections official under Town Clerk McCracken’s supervision, successfully wore many hats and performed a variety of tasks, and consequently acquired substantial actual experience in the practical side of elections that supplements my legal expertise in elections law
  • legal expertise as an attorney with a practice focus on municipal law, including my provision of Town Counsel services to the Town of Kingston, MA
  • extensive knowledge base of town clerk duties and responsibilities, as well as their performance, acquired through my law practice interaction with many town and city clerks across Massachusetts
  • managerial, budgeting and personnel experience as managing partner of a law firm
  • educational background of a product of Hingham Public Schools, K-12, and earning a double bachelor’s degree in economics and political science with a focus on public administration as well as a juris doctor (aka law) degree

I cannot stress enough Town Clerk is a consequential job within Hingham Town government with a multitude of legal duties and responsibilities that present a steep and perilous learning curve for a person without the actual necessary pertinent skill set, knowledge and experience starting right at the point in time of election. This is made clear in the Town's job description, which provides "[e]rrors can result in a monetary loss and legal repercussions".

Those whom the Town Clerk serves and Town Clerk McCracken deserve the Town Clerk position be filled by the most capable hands.

This means the election of the next Town Clerk is not about a figurehead, political prize, person painting appearances or congeniality contest but instead is about selecting the person actually most qualified for the job.

I am confident that of the four candidates I am that person. I would not be seeking the position if I were not; rather, I would be supporting and voting for the person who is.

Please visit my campaign Facebook page Vote Tom Patch for more detailed information that may assist you in casting your ballot.

Thank you for your time in reading this announcement, and I respectfully ask for your vote as the next Hingham Town Clerk in the May 22nd Town election.


Tom Patch

2 thoughts on “Thomas F. Patch Announces Candidacy for Hingham Town Clerk”

  1. Hey! This is the guy that called me “despicable” because I asked him to move his large obtrusive sign off of my lawn! He’s not a good person, from what slight experience I had with him! He’s also very volatile, and quick to anger. Good luck in the election

    • Unfortunately, Mr. Campbell is knowingly lying (unsurprisingly) on multiple grounds – apparently because he supported one of my opponents (his mommy had a Libby Liewicki sign on her lawn) and got his panties in a bunch from not getting his white priviledged entitled and intoletant way so often evident in certain of Hingham residents.

      Speaks volumes about those whom supported that candidate – the onevwhobtried to get the Town Clerk to change her surname around so bevfirst on the ballot to take advantage of the “primacy bias” of voting for the first namevto appear.

      First, it is a fact I was exercising my lawful right to hold my sign on PUBLIC property on a very hot afternoon for about one hour prior to the election: the layout of Main Street across from the busy Gardner St. intersection (it being self-evident that I was on public property where I was holding my sign Iocated in the area between the paved surface of Main St. and the sidewalk).

      Second, it is a fact the only communication I had with Mr. Campbell is when he apparently emerged from the basement of his mommy’s home to demand that I move. I calmly informed him I was on public property, that I was exercising my constitutionally protected speech rights, and told him what I told his mommy (i.e., when she engaged in her white priviledge intoletant entitlement towards me (see below)).

      This was after his mommy came out and demanded I move because she claimed I would be blocking her from backing out of her driveway to get on Main St. I responded to her I was on public property exercising my constitutipnal speech rights and was not but blocking her view but in any event I would temporarily move if and when she went to exit.

      She retreated in a huff inside her house. Only then Junior came out making his unlawful intolerant white priviledged demands.

      Junior’s demands not getting the entitled expected result, Junior then picked up the Liewicki sign in mommy’s front yard and came to stand next to me with that sign stating he was going to hold thay sign.

      My calm response was “knock yourself out, it’s public property and it’s your constitutional right”. I then laughingly stated to him “Oh, so that’s what this is all about: your mother’s and your problem with me standing here with my sign is actually the fact you support one of my opponents. Why is it with your ilk that free speech rights only work one way: when you agree with the exercise of the speech”.

      Unsurprisingly, Junior had no response and lasted about 2 minutes in the heat, then planted the Liewicki sign into the ground of the public property Main St. layout (which was illegal to do so but apparently Junior only marches to the beat of his own set of his intoletant white priviledge) and retreated into mommy’s house.

      I never utteted the word “despicable” to Junior.

      So Casey: you are a liar. And in my opinion a coward as well, and an examplar of all that is wrong with the United States.

      I suspect Junior’s use of the word in his comment was either a Freudian slip – a projection of what his subconcious viewed as his conduct towards me – or just his malicious troll white priviledged self.

      A few minutes later a Hingham Police Officer arrived, pulled into their driveway, went up to the door, entered the house, and, after about 10 minutes came out and came over to speak to me. I asked the Officer of they had called the Hingham Police; he said they had. I asked if he “gave them the ABCs of constiutional free speech rights” and that “I consider[ed] the action of whichever of the 2 of them that called the police to be a form of intimidation of my civil rights”, and informed the Officer of what had transpired as set forth above.

      The Officer told me he had told both of them that what I was doing was perfectly lawful. Based on the subsequent conversation with Officet my take was that both mommy and Junior – whom I never knew of prior to this interaction – were “well known” to the Hingham Police Department as complainers (not in a positive way) and apparently like to try to use the Hingham Police as a means to bully, threaten and intimidate those who don’t put up with their nonsense.

      Obviously, Junior then decided to do what he apparently does in his mommy’s basementbby being his best troll self and seek out my candidate post and make a maliciously false statement of facts designed to effect revenge against me for his failure to get his intolerant white priviledged way because it would be in violation of the state and federal constitutions and statutes.

      I’ll let the reader decide whether Junior’s use of the descriptive “despicable” would have been spot on to describe his words and actions as well as those of his mommy’s were I to have actually stated that which, as I note above, as a matter of fact I did not.



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