Three former Speakers of the House, among other local and state officials, showed their support for State Representative Paul Donato last Wednesday night at Anthony’s of Malden. The longtime, popular state rep is up for reelection in September.
Retired Administrative Assistant Linda Lennox, retired Chief of Staff Kevin Shea, Rep. Donato, Administrative Assistant Susan Crowley, Aide Phineas Santello and former Aide Stephen Biagioni.
Malden Kiwanis members made a toast.
THREE SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE: former Speaker Sal DiMasi (2004 to 2009), Rep. Donato, former Speaker Charles Flaherty (1991 to 1996) and former Speaker Robert DeLeo (2009 to 2020).
Rep. Paul Donato with his supporters
Rep. Donato received a standing ovation while walking to the podium to greet guests.
Pictured showing support are Nicholas Vita, John Veneziano, Barry White and David Deveney.
Mayor Gary Christenson said Rep. Donato is an advocate for the cities of Malden and Medford.
Rep. Donato with members of the Malden Kiwanis Club, pictured from left to right: Seated: Patti McGovern, Annette Hunt, Sam Tarabelsi, Carl Cincotti, Susan Nionakis and Andrea Bates McGrath; back row: Kelly Catallo, Rick Caraviello, Michael Hayes, Domenic Camarra, Rita Cornelia, Treasurer John Costas, Rep. Donato, Secretary Pattie Costas, Rosemary Ardagna, Gary Conserva and Christopher Burgess.
Rep. Donato with Kathy and Patricia Kretz
Rep. Donato with other State Representatives – Steven Ultrino, Jeff Turco, Jessica Giannino and Sean Garballey – behind him. Rep. Donato said the state has a mental health and housing crisis that they are collectively working on.
Former State Rep. Stephen “Stat” Smith, Judy Smith and Everett Ward 1 Councillor Wayne Matewsky
Former aide Stephen Biagioni
Former Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said he never missed one of Rep. Donato’s events when he was speaker.
Mayor Gary Christenson, Rep. Donato and other State Representatives: Jeff Turco, Steven Ultrino, Jessica Giannino, Sean Garballey and Christine Barber.
Rep. Donato and members of Eglise Centre D’Adoration in Everett: Marie Pauline Obas, Ewens Cassignol, Jean Abulin, Annmarie Russo, Karen Lynch, Edline Abulin, Marwa Mihi, Shanley Saint-Vil and Rep. Donato.
Mayor Gary Christenson and Rep. Donato
Malden School Committee member Keith Bernard with Rep. Donato
Rep. Donato and members of the Asian community, pictured from left to right: Front row: Timothy Suen, Rep. Donato, Ha Tang, Jason Law and Hung Goon; back row: Chien Pham, Steven Kim, Quan Kim, Sang Hoang, Doug Goon and Luna Tang.