Born and Educated in Attleboro
Kevin J. Dumas was born in 1976, the only child of Leo and Beverly Dumas. He grew up on Brownell Street on the East Side of Attleboro and was educated in the Attleboro Public School System. While at Attleboro High School he was a member of the National Honor Society and competed on the track team for two years. He graduated from Attleboro High School in the class of 1994.
Drawn to Public Service
Throughout his life, Kevin was drawn to public service, in school he was always active in student government. In Scouts, he worked to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He was even elected, in his senior year, to be the student representative to the School Committee.
“ When he was working on his citizenship badges, you could see he had political ambitions then. There was so much interest in what he was studying, and how you go about being in these political positions.”
— Norma Ferns, Scout official and longtime friend
After graduation, Kevin chose to attend Saint Michael’s College — a Catholic college in Vermont known for its legacy of service. While there, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business. While in college, he also interned at the State House for then Senator Matt Amorello (Grafton) handling all of the Senator’s constituent services. He graduated in 1998.
“ He was a young man of strong moral character — that went through everything he did. The trust was always there. If he said he was going to do something, he got it done.”
— Jennifer Cernosia, student activities director at St. Michael’s College
Worked in Financial Services
After college, he worked in banking at Fleet National Bank and State Street Bank where he worked in the financial sector pricing stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. At State Street Bank, he was responsible for their largest client, General Motors, with over $10 billion in retirement assets. When he left his last job in the private sector, he was supervising securities transactions worth $10 million a day for State Street Bank.
Wanted to be Mayor of Attleboro
His mother, Beverly, tells the story of the young Kevin Dumas, who in his teens, told his mother that he wanted to be the Mayor of Attleboro. His plan was to attend college, work in business and run for mayor in 2005.
He ran for office two years ahead of schedule in 2003, winning against six-term Mayor Judith Robbins and capturing 57 percent of the vote. In doing so, he became the youngest mayor in the city’s history. He was only 27 years old at the time.