Katie Forde is a progressive legal professional running to be the first female Register of Deeds in Suffolk County history.
As a first-time candidate with zero name recognition, Katie ran for this office in 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Mickey Roche. The 2018 election is to fill the full, six-year term of the office.
With a crowded field of seven Democratic candidates, Katie came in a close second in the 2016 primary election, falling short by only 4% of the vote. Katie was endorsed by both the Boston Globe (the first time it has ever endorsed in the Register of Deeds race) and the Boston Herald, and five of her 2016 opponents currently support her in the race for Register in 2018.
- The Globe endorsed Katie by expressing: “The Globe endorses Forde…Forde, …has outlined a practical agenda that includes expanding hours at the registry, bolstering programs to aid home buyers, and making customer-service improvements. Electing Murphy would not be a disaster, but it would be a missed opportunity. The former councilor, who lost his last election amid questions about his absenteeism from City Hall, hasn’t even bothered to show up for candidate forums. Nothing suggests that he would do more than the bare minimum at the registry. By nominating Forde, Democrats could at least preserve the chance that the public will get its money’s worth from the next register of deeds.”
- The Herald’s endorsement stated: “Mostly we appreciate that Forde has been unafraid to take on the establishment in a city that doesn’t always reward upstarts. She notes that the position is often referred to as a “velvet coffin” — where career pols can lie in repose until it’s time to retire (and even well past that time). As long as this decision is going to be left to the voters, they’d be well served by electing Katie Forde.”
Katie is a senior paralegal at Todd & Weld, where she supervises and manages cases, clients, and staff through the entire legal process. A graduate of Boston University’s Paralegal Program, Katie lives in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston with her husband, a South Shore native who proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war in Afghanistan, and their twin daughters Abigail and Cecile.
As a longtime volunteer and advocate for progressive campaigns and causes, Katie has organized for Planned Parenthood, Mass Equality, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Attorney General Maura Healey, and more. Katie received the JP Activist of Year award in 2017 from the Jamaica Plain Progressives and Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She is a 2016 graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts program.