Michael Rotondi ’92 ran for public office right after he graduated from Wheaton, winning the post of town moderator in Stoneham, Mass., his hometown.
The move, he told the Winchester Star, was inspired by his college experience.
“It was about serving local government and applying what I learned in political science at Wheaton College,” he said. “I figured I might as well get involved. How else are you supposed to learn about the experiences, the issues and the things that the common people are experiencing in the town?”
With 17 years of experience as the town moderator, Rotondi ran as an independent candidate to represent the 31st Middlesex District in the Massachusetts Legislature. Unfortunately, he didn’t win.
“It was a tough year for an independent,” he recently told the Wheaton Quarterly. “Many votes followed along party lines…. Oh, well.”
He’s still happy to continue as town moderator.