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 clinical data from electronic medical records, it is much more possible to establish a budget that would be realistic for a population of certain characteristics." Transforming health care would face stiff opposition from vested interests, he acknowledges, "but at this point I feel that I can distill the issues and drive us toward a solution. it's hard to defend a system that nobody's happy with. The patients don't necessarily get good care, even though we're in a wonderful out of the [Deval] Patrick playbook," pointing out that the incumbent, environment for medicine, [and doctors] feel they're being pushed to too, seemingly came out of nowhere. just turn the crank faster." Since announcing his candidacy in January, 18 months before the state Democratic convention, Avellone has been attending political feel that I can distill the issues and drive us toward a solution," he says. events weeknights and house parties each weekend. "Reaching out the "You really can't have a big winner and a big loser in a $500 million- way he has with people has been an eye-opener for me," says his wife plus relationship. It just won't last. It will fall apart." While noting that Sandy, who accompanies him to the parties. "I'm surprised that he can the Legislature last year strengthened the state's power to curb exces- go to these affairs not knowing many people and work his way around sive medical costs, Avellone says he prefers persuasion before resorting We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 Avellone also cites the negotiating skills he has honed in business. "I the room. It shows me how sincere he is about this." to penalties. Besides wooing voters, Avellone has to raise money for what he For now, Avellone faces the daunting task of persuading the state's voters to back him over such better known potential rivals as state convention, where he'll need 15 percent of the vote to appear on the Treasury Secretary Steve Grossman. Avellone says his strategy is "a little 68 expects to be a $5 million effort. He vows to stick with it through the primary ballot. "Nobody is going to work harder."

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