Boston Bruins National Anthem Singer Running For Political Office

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By Sam Doran
State House News Service

The robust tenor voice that belts out the national anthem before puck drop at the Garden is now asking for votes in Essex County.

Todd Angilly, voice of “The Star Spangled Banner” (and occasionally “O Canada”) at Boston Bruins games since he took over for singer Rene Rancourt in 2019, works a state job by day as director of workforce development at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

And on February 27, the former probation officer opened up a campaign account to run for Essex County clerk of courts.

The incumbent clerk, Thomas Driscoll Jr., has not faced a single opponent since he first won the seat in 2000 after defeating six fellow Democrats in a primary.

Angilly, of Lynnfield, did not list a political party on his submission to campaign finance regulators, and a campaign Facebook page refers to him as “an independent candidate.” He did not respond this week to an email message from State House News Service.

A probation officer for 12 years, Angilly was based out of Essex County Superior Court. According to his LinkedIn profile, he later worked for the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department before starting with the state Executive Office of Pubic Safety in 2022.

Court clerks are elected to six-year terms, and a lot of fresh candidates are running in various districts this year, including state Senator Susan Moran (D-Falmouth) in Barnstable County, state Senator Walter Timilty (D-Milton) in Norfolk County, and state Representative Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton) in Hampshire County.


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