|CAVARETTA BIOGRAPHY: In 2012, MA Certified Teacher, Dean Cavaretta was the Republican Candidate for State Senate against Liberal Icon, Jamie Eldridge in the Middlesex and Worcester District. Dean has a long record of Republican grassroots activism and professional campaign experience. These experiences have shaped Cavaretta's political philosophy and provide valuable institutional knowledge into running campaigns in Massachusetts.
A former state transportation official who worked under multiple governors, Cavaretta's policy background includes recent success with MassDOT project delivery reform for the new Accelerated Bridge Program. Dean understands that there is a major difference between campaigning and governing and that the two are not mutually exclusive.
A recipient of both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University, Dean has combined teaching and a love of sports to help student-athletes achieve success on and off the field. He served as the Freshman Football Coach at both Concord Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Regional High Schools. He was also the Head Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Acton-Boxborough, where he is also a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.
In the 1990s, Dean served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard (747th Military Police Company) and credits his leadership and military training in helping him become a more effective educator and GOP Activist.
Dean served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Karyn Polito's 2010 spirited campaign for State Treasurer. In 2002, he was the Political Director for Jim Rappaport's primary bid for Lt. Governor. These races showed Dean how candidates and their campaigns respond to adversity. Hard lessons to be learned that can now be used to benefit the next candidates to run for those seats.
In 1999, Cavaretta represented the MA GOP in a Special State Election for State Representative against Cory Atkins, then the liberal, activist-wife of former U.S. Congressman Chet Atkins (D-Concord). Dean lost by only 600 votes out of 7000 votes cast, despite the State Party erroneously placing the wrong area codes on the GOTV phone calls, and not providing the campaign funding. This race showed Dean that the vicarious nature and undisciplined approach to MassGOP campaigning can have a major impact on the outcome of an election.
This is one of the main reasons that Dean chose to team up with Malden City Councillor David D'Arcangelo on the www.NewMassPlaybook.com metric based approach for assisting candidates and campaigns.