Selectman Joseph R. Pacheco is a lifelong Raynham, Massachusetts resident who is continuing a family tradition of public service that has extended over one hundred years and four generations.
Pacheco has served at both the local and state government levels over his career. A former staff director in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Pacheco has served in local government since 2005.
At age 19, Joe was appointed to his first office as a Commissioner for Economic & Business Development. In that role Joe worked aggressively with his colleagues to ensure Raynham stays competitive in attracting new businesses. As commissioner, Joe initiated Raynham’s pioneering Project GREEN (Growing Raynham Environmentally Efficient Now) which promotes smart-growth developments within Raynham’s borders.
Joe understands the importance of long-term financial planning as well. Six months after his appointment as a Raynham Economic Development Commissioner, Joe joined the town’s Capital Planning Committee. From this post he worked with other town leaders to
maintain quality services through prudent fiscal planning.
In 2007, Joe won 73% of the vote and was elected to his first term as Selectman. At age 21, he became the youngest selectman in Raynham history. In 2010, and again 2013 Joe was re-elected, each time receiving over 80% of the vote.
As a member of a public safety family, Joe understands the crucial role safety and security plays in all of our lives. It was on Joe’s motion that Raynham adopted the fundamental speed law, another tool the police have in maintaining safe highways. And after twenty years of delays, it was Joe who worked with state and federal highway officials to re-construct the intersections of Route 138 and Interstate Route 495, one of the busiest and most accident prone interchanges in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Maintaining his early focus on economic development, Joe led negotiations that helped guarantee Johnson & Johnson chose to build its $20 million medical education facility in Raynham. This brought new jobs and additional tax revenue into Raynham.
And as part of an effort to further expand commercial growth in Raynham, Joe led the effort of town and state officials to successfully obtain, and implement a $1 million MORE grant from the state’s Office of Housing & Economic Development. The state funding was used to rejuvenate Raynham Woods Commerce Park.
In honor of his efforts on behalf of Raynham, Joe was named a New England Business Bulletin “Top Young Professional Under 40” in 2009, and again in 2010.
Joe is currently working on graduate studies at Roger Williams University. He is a 2007 graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude). In addition to his activities on behalf of Raynham, Joe maintains membership in a number of civic organizations including the Portuguese-American Civic Club, the national Young Elected Officials Network, and the Plymouth County Democratic League and the Bristol-Plymouth Alumni Foundation.