Boston Globe Endorsement: Katie Forde would bring new energy to Suffolk Registry of Deeds

Katie Forde has poured energy and passion into the Suffolk Registry of Deeds race.

Yes, you read that right.

For the second time, the West Roxbury resident is running hard for the obscure office, which manages land records in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Forde almost won the Democratic primary in 2016, finishing second in a divided field against Steve Murphy. Now she’s his sole opponent, barnstorming candidate forums where Murphy’s nowhere to be seen.

The Globe endorses Forde in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. If the way she’s campaigned is a sign of how she’d run the registry, the county would be lucky to have her.

Boston Globe Editorial Board – September 1, 2018

Press Release: Progressives Endorse Katie Forde for Register of Deeds

BOSTON — In an email to their membership, Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale announced the group’s support for Katie Forde for Suffolk County Register of Deeds in the September 4th Democratic Primary.

“The Register of Deeds office might be low profile, but the housing crisis certainly isn’t. The Register of Deeds can create and promote services so that more people learn how to buy a home, protect homeowners from scams, push for affordable housing, and more,” said Rachel Poliner of the Progressive WRox/Roz Steering Committee. That’s why we need a progressive Register of Deeds. We believe that Katie Forde’s priorities, diligence, and responsiveness will serve all Suffolk County residents well.”

Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale, also known as Progressive West Rox/Ros, is a chapter of Progressive Mass. Their membership organizes to engage residents and amplify progressive values at every level of government. The Progressive Massachusetts platform is centered on shared prosperity, social and environmental justice, and good government.

“I am proud to have the support of my neighborhood’s most progressive residents,” said Forde. “Members of Progressive West Rox/Ros are fierce advocates and talented organizers, and we could not be happier to have them on our team.”

In her current role as a senior paralegal at Todd & Weld, LLP, Forde works with clients transferring and managing property in legal proceedings and estate matters.  A legal professional who has worked for over 10 years with registries across the Commonwealth, Forde previously worked in a bankruptcy practice with families facing foreclosure. Katie and her husband Jeff are raising their twin daughters, Abigail and Cecile, in West Roxbury.

Forde has also been endorsed by Boston’s Ward 5 Democratic City Committee, Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz,  State Representative Liz Malia, and Revere School Committee Member Carol Tye, Ironworkers Local 7, JP Progressives, and Run For Something.

Register of Deeds Candidates Murphy and Forde Speak in North End

“Katie presented information about the Boston housing crisis, saying Massachusetts has the second widest homeownership gap nationwide. She talked about her own background and her work as a paralegal representing working families facing foreclosure.

She presented her goals if elected to promote homeownership and protect and advocate for seniors and veterans. Katie emphasized the need for the Register to do more than record deeds, but to be a consumer protection agency to protect everyone who wishes to own or does own a home.”

Amanda Stoll – North End Waterfront, May 14, 2018

Forde challenges Murphy in re-match of Register of Deeds contest

“The county position is a largely administrative role that supervises land records in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. But Forde— a self-identified progressive Democrat— sees the office as an opportunity to create more home ownership and to close the wealth gap.

‘I’m not okay with what it is now, which is just this figurehead position that has basically been this landing pad for politicians who are finished elsewhere,’ Forde said in an interview with the Reporter this week. ‘You need someone in there who’s not just in there for a retirement plan.’”

Maddie Kilgannon – Dorchester Reporter, March 8, 2018

Katie Forde running for Suffolk County Register of Deeds

“Forde is launching her campaign with an endorsement from Run for Something (RFS), a group that works to elect progressive leaders across the country. ‘These candidates all have the heart and hustle that is so important to us at RFS, and we are proud to give them our endorsement,’ said Ross Morales Rocketto, co founder of Run for Something. ‘Put simply, they are the type of people we think the Party needs and the type of candidates who are going to work hard. They are knocking on doors and stepping up to run grassroots, community-led campaigns.’

‘I believe that every resident of Suffolk County should feel comfortable knowing that when they’re ready to own a home, they have a Registry that will help them understand the process and protect them from predatory lenders’ said Forde. ‘I look forward to having conversations with residents across the county about how the Registry can better serve them.’”

Sampan – January 22, 2018

Boston Globe Endorses Forde – September 07, 2016

“The Globe endorses Forde, in hopes that non-Murphy voters will rally around her Thursday … She has raised enough money to be competitive and 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.”

Boston Globe Editorial – September 07, 2016

Editorial: Forde for Suffolk deeds – Boston Herald – August 30, 2016

“Let’s begin by pointing out the utter absurdity that register of deeds is still an elected position in Massachusetts, given the strictly administrative nature of the job. But as long as it is — and as long as there is healthy interest among candidates, as there is for the vacant Suffolk register of deeds position — it’s worth evaluating the best candidate for the job.

Among the seven candidates in the Sept. 8 Democratic primary (there is no Republican running) we can eliminate those who are running because — well, because running for available offices is simply what they do. And this post happens to come with a hefty salary (the previous registrar earned a $119,250 salary last year); job security (the term is six years); and a reasonably light workload.

But there are some who actually have relevant qualifications, and who bring energy and new ideas to the campaign. High on that list is Katherine V. “Katie” Forde of Roslindale, and the Herald is pleased to endorse her candidacy.

The register of deeds, which is responsible mostly for recording real estate transactions and is supervised by the secretary of state, is on the merits a reasonably powerless position; its appeal was always in its opportunities for patronage. But Forde, a paralegal, at least has some ideas for making the office more user-friendly. Among them are plans to promote web filing of documents and to extend Registry hours; to give visitors to the website information about plans for larger developments; to launch a notification program so that consumers and business owners are notified of any fraudulent activity conducted in their name; and to offer homebuying programs.

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.

Editorial Staff, Boston Herald – August 30, 2016

Forde: I’m a Progressive Voice for Register of Deeds

As the custodian of all property records for Suffolk County, how the Registry operates matters to everyone buying a house, selling a house, or transferring property. Here’s why I’m hitting the streets and talking to voters every single day…

Katie Forde, Jamaica Plain News – August 7, 2016

In race for register of deeds, there are some who actually want to do the job


Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe – July 16, 2016