Mass. governor hopeful Mark Fisher, at a glance

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- NAME: Mark Fisher

- AGE: 56; Born Jan. 19, 1958

- EDUCATION: Associate in science degree, nuclear engineering technology, Hartford State Technical College, 1979; bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1983; master’s degree in manufacturing engineering and MBA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1988.

- CAREER: Owner since 2009 of Merchant’s Fabrication, of Auburn. Previously worked for Raytheon Co. and several other Massachusetts manufacturing firms.

- FAMILY: Lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Margaret Mary O’Brien. The couple has two children.

- QUOTE: “Do we fight for small government and individual freedom, or do we allow big government to get bigger and bigger, take over more and more of our lives and erode our personal liberties and become more intrusive?”

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