A proud Bay Stater, Keri Thompson was born in Boston, grew up in the suburb of Acton, and chose to make the South Shore her permanent home a few years ago. After attending Acton-Boxborough public schools, Keri graduated with a BS in Speech Communication from Bradley University in Peoria, IL—she met an obscure State Senator named Barack Obama, who convinced her to ditch her Republican roots and become a political activist.
Keri continued her graduate education at Pepperdine University and the University of Texas at Austin, finishing with MAs in Strategic Communication & Rhetoric and Political Communication, respectively. Keri is currently a Senior Lecturer at Emerson College in the Department of Communication Studies, where she teaches public speaking and social media. Her social media skills—snapchatting selfies with her students and presidential candidates ranging from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders to Vermin Supreme—have made her a popular teacher and valued colleague. Additionally, Keri serves as a part-time communication consultant at Babson College and occasionally adjuncts at Curry College and Cape Cod Community College.
Locally, Keri has been a member of both the Hingham and Cohasset Democratic Town Committees, the South Shore Democratic Caucus, and was an early founder of South South Shore Progressives (an organization that welcomes people of all political affiliations who care about making political progress locally and nationally). She was an elected delegate for Barack Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and is currently an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She has previously interned for Planned Parenthood and for the US Department of State at the US Embassy in Suva, Fiji. She is also a graduate and consultant for the “Emerge” program in Massachusetts—an organization dedicated to training and supporting women who run for office. Keri calls Cohasset home and can often be found near the ocean sporting her Red Sox hat and “Free Brady Again” hoodie.
So why did Keri decide to run for State Representative as an Independent? Because she believes we deserve better. We deserve better politics and we deserve better candidates. The people of the 3rd Plymouth district need someone who will fight for their voices rather than those of the traditional party elites. Keri will put the people’s priorities first. Not partisan ones. Keri is proud to run as a United Independent write-in candidate, and looks forward to making a difference—not a living—for the people of the 3rd Plymouth District.