WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with joe avellone S T E V E M A A S writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer Meet Joe Avellone Wellesley resident running for Governor of Massachusetts some people might think Joe Avellone should get his head examined. If you're asking, "Joe who?," then that's part of the reason. After achieving success in both the medical and business worlds – built on decades of long hours in the pressure-cooker environment of the operating room and the corporate board room – why is Avellone spending his mid 60s and a chunk of his savings trying to outrun a pack of largely better-known candidates to be the Democratic nominee for governor? Why has this man, who by nature is reserved, plunged himself into 18 months of nonstop campaigning to achieve four years of life in a fishbowl? "This is my time, and I think it's the right time for the state," says Avellone. "We have to think about a new economy and how to control health care costs, and that really plays to my strengths." Yes, it takes a pretty big ego to proclaim yourself the state's white knight. But then ego is as essential a characteristic for a surgeon as it is a politician. What sets Avellone apart is that when you sit down with him, you quickly forget that he is an aspiring politician. He speaks in paragraphs, not sound bites. He answers questions with thought and specifics, rather than rerouting them to serve a campaign talking point. Yes, he'll slip in a mention of his successes, ceeding," he says. Sandy-haired and trim, Avellone turns 65 this fall, but looks a decade a younger. Hiking, kayaking, tennis, and skiing have helped keep him in shape – though who knows how he managed to fit those pur- 61 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e but he won't shy away from discussing his failures. "I've learned as much or more from failing as suc-

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