About Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney


I have four children and three grandchildren. I was married to the late John “Jack” Devaney, a Watertown Firefighter, U.S. Marine, who supported me in everything I pursued. Working together, without personal financial resources. I began as a freshman full-time student in college with four children and a great, supportive husband (ABA - Middlesex Community College, BS - Suffolk University, Masters - Boston State College.)

I served as the youngest Watertown Town Meeting member and when changed to a City known as a Town; elected as Watertown’s Councillor-at-large; served on various local and State Committees; most rewarding as Member of the Commission on Disabilities for twenty-two years. I am now completing my eight, two year term on the Governor’s Council.

I am presently the second in tenure on the Council. I do not own this seat. I must earn your vote. I am asking for your help to allow me to continue my commitment and experience as “Your Voice” on the Council.

I have kept my pledge to you - to bring transparency and reform to the office of Governor’s Councillor, working to take the politics out of appointments for Judges, Clerk Magistrates and other positions and to stop the rubber-stamping reputation. When I do vote “no:” I respectfully verbally state why and the written statement is included in the nominee’s folder, accessible to the public.


Former Member:
  • Former Watertown Councillor-at-large-elected 28 years (Received Watchdog Award from Neighbor Group)
  • Former member of the Commission on Disabilities - 22 Years - awarded for advocacy for people with disabilities
  • Former Vice- President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association- Member of Environment Committee
Activities outside the Governor's Council:
  • Member- Progressive Watertown and Progressive Massachusetts
  • Member- "We the People" - Corporations are not People
  • Member- Women's Auxiliary American Legion- Post #440
  • Member- League of Women Voters
  • Women in Leadership for Shared Parenting
  • Working on Ballot Question - Against Cruelty to Farm Animals
A few examples of Marilyn's additional interests and activities:
  • Marilyn traveled by bus to New York City to participate in the Climate Control March
  • Marilyn again has participated in the Annual Boston Pride Parade 
  • In 2016 Marilyn celebrated LGBT in Newton - honoring Holly Ryan for her successful efforts which led to the passage of legislation
  • Marilyn has marched with the unions for a $15 minimum wage
  • Marilyn attended a vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre.