“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
“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
“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
“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
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
Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe – July 16, 2016