Katherine Clark '85, a Massachusetts attorney, is the Democratic candidate for
a state Senate seat representing, representing the communities of
Malden, Wakefield, Lynnfield, Reading, Melrose and Stoneham.
In a statement, Clark said, "I am thrilled that my campaign volunteers were
able to collect more than four times the number of signatures required by law.
It's a tribute to their hard work, and a clear sign that this campaign is off
to an enthusiastic start."
Clark's campaign Web site,
ClarkforSenate.com, states that she was "elected to the Melrose School
Committee in 2001. She served as Chairman of the School Committee for her
entire first term. During that time, she fought to move the Melrose Schools
forward while funding from the state was dramatically cut. She made the hard
decisions, but with an open, inclusive process. During her first term on the
School Committee she also chaired the Superintendent Search Committee, the
Redistricting Task Force, and the Kindergarten Committee. She participated
on the strategic planning steering committee, educational programs and personnel
subcommittee, policy subcommittee, and was appointed by Mayor Dolan to the
Middle School Planning Committee. She topped the ticket out of 11 candidates
to win re-election in November 2003 and is Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee."
In addition, Clark "worked as a prosecutor for the Colorado Attorney General's
Office and for the Colorado District Attorneys Council. She prosecuted felony
cases in the appellate courts and helped change the law to better protect the
public. She successfully worked with a coalition of law enforcement to pass
important legislation to protect victims of crime and improve the public safety."
Since 1997, Clark has been general counsel for Massachusetts Office of Child Care
Services. She graduated with a degree in history from St. Lawrence University,
and graduated from Cornell Law School. She earned her master's degree in public
administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1997. At St. Lawrence,
she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and participated in the University's
program of study in Japan.