One of Rogerís earliest political memories occurred in 1978 when he had the honor of meeting Senator Ted Kennedy in Springfield, Massachusetts. As the grandson of a union president and the son of local community leaders, from an early age Roger was interested in giving back to his community.
Roger Brunelle won the Democratic Primary special election for the 12th Bristol district last year. He has served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Our Troops, The Chernobyl Children Project USA, The Middleboro Council on Aging, the Painters Local 691 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, The Todd Beamer Foundation, The Middleboro Rotary, The Middleboro High School Speech and Theatre Workshop, and the Miss Massachusetts 2007 Golf Tournament for The Childrenís Miracle Network. He has donated over twenty years of volunteer service hours to political campaigns. Roger is a strong believer in leading by example. This is one of the reasons he has spent so much time volunteering for various organizations and causes.
In 1979, Roger moved from western Massachusetts to Middleboro. He graduated from Middleboro High School in 1986 and studied at UMASS Amherst and Bridgewater State College. After a ten-year courtship, Roger married his wife Lorna Brunelle in June of 1997. They reside in the historic Muttock district of Middleboro in the Ebenezer Soule House built in 1840. Roger works as a commercial and industrial painter. He is a 19-year member of the Painters & Allied Trades Local #691. He was elected as Financial Secretary of his New Bedford based Local Union in 2003, covering all of Southeastern Massachusetts.
Rogerís wife Lorna owns a small business in Middleboro, the Alley Theatre and The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts. Roger is also a member of the Elks. Roger is the only child of Middleboro residents Roger and Marsha
Brunelle. In his spare time, Roger enjoys renovating his home and barn and deep sea fishing with his son, Brent.