Your 4th Congressional Cheat Sheet

By Danielle Dreilinger

Feb. 16, 2012

BOSTON — Despite the frenzy, JPK3's not the only game in town. There are currently five candidates for the 4th Congressional seat. Later today, WGBH News' Cristina Quinn will have interviews with the non-Kennedys among them. Here's what they're about in their own words.


Paul Heroux

Paul Heroux
Age: b. 1976
Hometown: Taunton and Attleboro
Residence: Attleboro
Profession: Master's degrees in public administration, criminology and international relations; writes about foreign policy for the Huffington Post
Political history: None.
Personal life: Engaged, one dog
Platform/slogan:  "I am the middle class and I am going to fight for the middle class — for jobs, for education and for a moderate voice of reason in the Congress."
Odd fact: Named "Most Genuine" in his high school yearbook.
Social media: Facebook@PaulHeroux
Source: candidate website

Joe Kennedy

Joseph P. Kennedy III
Age: 31
Residence: Brookline
Profession: Lawyer; assistant district attorney until January
Political history: none
Personal life: Engaged
Platform/slogan: "I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly: by each other, and by their government."
Odd fact: Co-captain of his college lacrosse team
Social media accounts: Facebook; G+@joekennedy; YouTube
Sources: Boston Globe (age, residence, marital status), candidate website

Herb Robinson

Herb Robinson
Age: High school class of 1970
Hometown: Pine Plains, N.Y.
Residence: Newton
Profession: Engineer at Stratus Technologies
Political history: Ran for Senate in 2011 (left race)
Personal life: Never been married
Platform/slogan: "The socially liberal, fiscally responsible candidate. Say no to big government without saying goodbye to humanity."
Odd fact: Musician; has recorded a CD and donates to the folk venue Club Passim
Social media: Facebook
Sources: candidate website + Facebook page


Sean Bielat  

Sean Bielat
Age: 36
Residence: Brookline
Profession: Major in the Marine Corps Reserve; runs an internet startup
Political history: Challenged Barney Frank for House seat in 2010
Personal life: Married, kids
Platform/slogan: "U.S. Marine, Patriot, Leader, Successful Businessman"
Odd fact: Follows Ayla Brown on Twitter
Websites: and
Social media: Facebook; @seanbielat; YouTube
Sources: Greater Boston interview, Facebook,

Elizabeth Childs  

Elizabeth Childs
Age: high school class of '78
Residence: Brookline
Profession: Psychiatrist
Political history: Commissioner of Mental Health under Romney; member of Brookline School Committee since 2009 and Brookline Town Meeting since 2010
Personal life: Married, kids
Platform/slogan: "Committed to stopping the squabbling in Washington and working for the people because our children deserve a better future."
Odd fact: Owns an Airstream trailer; avid ballroom dancer
Social media: Facebook 
Sources: candidate website + Facebook page

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