At a Fall River event Tuesday night, Attorney Nicholas Bernier of Swansea announced his candidacy for Governor's Council in a district spanning portions of Plymouth County, the South Coast, Cape Cod, and Islands. Nick, the only candidate with a legal education, hopes to bring his experience serving as a legal intern for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC and as a volunteer law clerk for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in Fall River, MA to the Governor's Council - a body whose primary function is vetting judicial nominees.
Attorney Bernier also expressed his desire to bring Advocacy to the position - using weekly meetings with the Governor/Lt. Governor to bring the concerns of our region to Beacon Hill in conjunction with our legislative delegation.
While Nick supports reforming the Governor's Council – he stresses the importance the Council still has as the only check on Executive appointing power for these "permanent positions." As he stated in his opening speech: "Living in an era when the former Governor of Illinois attempted to sell a US Senate seat - a check on absolute appointing power is needed now more than ever."
A proud progressive, Nick vowed to stand for the traditional Democratic values that have made out our country great. Growing up in a middle class Swansea home the son of a US postal employee and Fall River teacher/principal, Nick exudes area values and vows to be an accessible member of the Governor’s Council.
Nick Bernier is a native of Swansea, and attended Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton. He is also an alumnus of Boston College and Washington University in St. Louis – earning both his Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Masters of Laws (“LL.M.”) in Taxation.