SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After more than two decades in municipal government, Kim Driscoll is switching roles.
Lieutenant Governor-elect, Kim Driscoll, will be serving 6.8 million constituents in her new role, as opposed to the 45 thousand she served as mayor of Salem. Despite the big change, Driscoll said the same rules that applied to her as mayor of Salem will apply in her new role as lieutenant governor.
"I mean I really love the work at the local level, it really is the branch of government people rely on the most whether it's educating your kids or keeping your neighborhood safe or investing in those places you make memories," Driscoll told WBZ's Kendall Buhl. "But I'm really excited about the opportunity to take this experience and knowledge to the state house and support our new Governor Maura Healey in a way that's gonna benefit the quiet life and the places people live."
She said she will miss the daily interactions she had with the community in Salem during her time in city hall. Driscoll wants to ensure she gets the same personal interactions with people across the commonwealth as she steps into her new role.
"When you're mayor there's no hiding you're with people every day, you get energy from it, ideas from it, it keeps you accountable, I love that aspect of it so I'm going to figure out how to make sure I still get those opportunities in this new role," she said.
Driscoll was elected as Salem's first woman Mayor in 2006. She also served as a Salem city councilor representing Ward Five and as deputy city manager in Chelsea.