I am a graduate of the Brookline Public Schools, Pomona College (B.A.), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). I have taught at the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. I live with my wife, Anna, in the first floor of a triple-decker in Brookline Village, a few blocks from where I grew up.
Hi, I'm Chris Dempsey.
I am a proven watchdog for the public interest running to be your next State Auditor.
I’m the son of public-school educators who met while teaching in the Boston Public Schools. Growing up, I saw my parents digging into their own pockets to pay for school supplies for their students, as teachers across the Commonwealth do to this day. That’s not right, and it’s the result of priorities and choices made on Beacon Hill. I’m running to be your next Auditor to make sure we use our public resources effectively and fairly, so that every person and every family can thrive and succeed.
I’ve done this work before. In 2015, I led the grassroots campaign No Boston Olympics…
...which was successful despite being outspent 1,500-1 by some of the most powerful corporate interests in the state. I was named “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe Magazine for this work.
I served as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Governor Deval Patrick, where I co-founded the MassDOT open-data program, which launched smartphone applications that tell transit riders like me when our bus or train is going to arrive, saving taxpayers and farepayers millions compared with more costly and cumbersome alternatives. In the private sector, I worked with some of the country's largest companies to help the economy grow, and also led business development for a software technology startup that created jobs in Massachusetts.
I have served my community as an elected Town Meeting Member since 2012, and as Chair of the Transportation Board.
I know how to tackle complex financial problems, build grassroots coalitions, and stand up for our most important priorities. I have a vision for the office that will build on the important work done by incumbent State Auditor Suzanne Bump, who has endorsed my campaign.
I ask for your vote in the September 6th Democratic Primary.
“Chris Dempsey has a clear vision for the auditor’s office: using every tool at his disposal to advance policies that support greater equity, justice and sustainability for our communities.”
– Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
“I have listened carefully to the statements of the two Democratic candidates. They could not be more divergent, and I have concluded that Chris Dempsey is the best choice to be the next State Auditor.”
– Auditor Suzanne Bump
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About the Office of the State Auditor
The State Auditor is one of only six state officials that is accountable directly to voters. The Auditor oversees a team of about 200 analysts and auditors who dig into every corner of the executive branch of state government. The office conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better.
As the Chief Accountability Officer for state government in Massachusetts, the Auditor should be someone who is independent, who has experience working in state government, and who has stood up to powerful special interests to protect taxpayers and the public interest.
Read about Chris’s plans for bringing new perspective to the Auditor’s Office on our Policy Page.