About this site

Site Purpose and Uses

State Senator Brownsberger represents the Suffolk and Middlesex District in Massachusetts.  His district includes most of Fenway, all of Allston and Brighton, West Cambridge, all of Watertown and all of Belmont.

This site serves two primary purposes:

  • It is a resource for all who may be interested in issues that Senator Brownsberger and his team are working on.
  • It is a forum for dialog among Senator Brownsberger and his constituents.

As of March 4, 2022, we have updated a policy reflecting these dual purposes and the 2022 district changes:

  • The website remains open for viewing to all.
  • We publish comments only from constituents, former constituents and future constituents.
  • Screen names that disguise identity will be accepted, but only where true identity is verifiable.

We include former constituents for continuity.  Former constituents include residents of Arlington and North Cambridge and people who have moved away. 

For more discussion and explanation of our participation policy, please see this post.

Browsing Privacy

To protect your privacy this website does not include any advertisements or use Google Analytics or a Google Custom Search Engine. Instead, we use on-premises Matomo for visit counts with only first party cookies and we use native WordPress search for non-tracking site search. As result, your visits to this site are not tracked by Google or other third parties. If you wish to completely avoid even this effectively anonymous visit logging, you can set the Do Not Track privacy setting on your browser, which Matomo respects.

When you comment, WordPress captures your internet address and the data that you enter yourself along with your comment. The data you enter yourself does include your email address, but that email address is kept confidential and used only for follow up on the comment (if follow up is necessary).

Email Subscription Privacy

I make two key pledges about my senate office email list: 

  • You will never receive political solicitations on my senate office email list.
  • I will never share my senate office email list with any other person or organization.

I often use Mailchimp when I send mail to this list.   Mailchimp provides fast, reliable email delivery. 

Mailchimp’s privacy policy supports my pledge to never share your email address — they explicitly promise not to sell my list. 

Mailchimp does track your open and click activity for emails that I send to you.  As I understand their privacy policy, Mailchimp uses that activity information to minimize spam complaints and assure security and deliverability of email. I may use that activity information to eliminate inactive email addresses and also to target follow up emails to people engage on a subject. You can review Mailchimp’s privacy policy here (see the section on “Contacts” — from the standpoint of Mailchimp, you are a “contact”).

I look forward to engaging with you on this robust list platform over the months and years to come.