Boston Bruins anthem singer running against incumbent for Essex County clerk

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By Peyton Benbow

Todd Angilly, the voice of the “Star Spangled Banner” before the puck drop at TD Garden for the Boston Bruins, is running for public office. On February 27, he opened a campaign account to run for Essex County clerk of courts. Angilly did not specify a political party, but his campaign’s FaceBook page refers to him as an “independent candidate.”

The Lynnfield native is going up against the incumbent clerk, Thomas Driscoll Jr., who has run unopposed in three elections since he won the seat in 2000. He defeated six Democrats in a primary election with 24% of the vote. 

The anthem singer holds a full-time position as the Director of Workforce Development for the Executive Office of Public Safety. With this, Angilly provides “re-entry services, specifically job-readiness and post-release employment” for Bunker Hill Re-Entry Initiative, according to his LinkedIn. He has served in the position for over thirteen years. 

Angilly’s alma mater, Plymouth State University, invited him to give the commencement speech for the Class of 2023, after he  graduated in 1999 and served the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system for years. Before his current leadership role at EOPS, Angilly worked as a probation officer for Essex Superior Courts for over twelve years, before serving as Assistant Superintendent to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Angilly declined to comment on his campaign to NBC Boston. If elected, he will serve a six-year term as the Essex County clerk of courts beginning the first Wednesday in January.