The Progressive Choice

A lot of people identify with and agree with progressive issues, especially since November 2016. That’s important, but it’s not enough to agree with the issues.screenshot_20180723-1918342573950686580465734.png

Progressive champions lead with their values and believe in fighting for them: Inclusion. Fairness. Housing as a human right. Healthcare for all. Protecting the environment. Strong public education for all children, no matter where they live. Equality for all.

Some people approach this by first stepping back and waiting until a consensus has formed before they make a move. I approach it differently. I have the courage to lead with my values first and build coalitions from there, bringing others with me where we need to go.

I’m the most experienced of all of the candidates in this race to do this. The others seem to think it more important to raise ridiculous sums of money or recite their resume or tout experience filing legislation.

They’re just wrong.

There are 160 legislators in the House — each and every one of them knows how to “file legislation”, but only a few dozen legislators are actively pushing for the right legislation: Healthcare for all. Safe Communities. Funding for English language education and economically disadvantaged students. A strong environmental/climate/energy bill.

Representation matters. Progressive voices are under-heard on Beacon Hill. Our national political landscape demands that none of our electeds steps back to see what will happen first; we’re all seeing in real time what can happen.

This campaign is people-powered. People understand the need for strong, authentic voices, like Elizabeth Warren’s and Maura Healey’s; they know these women will not wait to see which direction the wind is blowing before deciding what to do. Our people want a representative who knows where her values are and that she will lead with them every time.

My family benefited from affordable housing and I will continue to be a fierce advocate for it. I successfully negotiated healthcare coverage for our young family with my part-time employer and I know the heart-crushing loss of a loved one to opiate addiction. I came to this point as a working parent who learned to advocate for my own children and also learned to navigate a complex system of special education services for our daughter. I came up through the school site council and local, state, and national PTAs, was elected  twice to school committee, then Governor Patrick appointed me to the state Board of Education.

I’m the strongest candidate on public education and we’re at a critical juncture regarding funding for public education, public transportation, and our other public structures, especially now that the “millionaire’s tax” has been knocked out of the hands of voters this November. Refiled as a legislative initiative, it will take a minimum of four years to see it through. In the interim, we’re going to need to find revenue and I want to be in the State House to make that happen.

I figured out how to do a lot of things that matter, got really good at it, and now I want to take what I’ve learned into the State House because the issues we face in the district and beyond need a courageous champion who will stand up and make change. I will strengthen the constituency base of power within the Progressive Caucus. Key legislative allies there share my values and are also activists who know how to get stuff done. We will strategize and prioritize the direction to go based on values.

This job is not about managing departments. “Problem-solving” is the base requirement. A State Representative represents people and gets stuff done for people. It’s about challenging corporate power, supporting working families, the voiceless, the unheard, undocumented, disadvantaged and marginalized, and having the guts to stand up to the status quo.

With five Democrats from Lexington vying for this seat, the issue isn’t about electing Democrats to the State House; the issue is electing the best Democrat.

I’ve been a consistent voice for progressive values for more than twenty-five years and I have a proven track record of success. That’s why national, state, and local organizations have either endorsed or recommended me as the strongest choice in this race:

  • #VoteProChoice
  • Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Mass Voters for Animals
  • Progressive Mass
  • Woburn Welcomes
  • Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
  • Mass Alliance: a coalition of progressive organizations across Massachusetts, including women’s and immigrant’s groups, unions and environmental orgs, mental health workers, social workers, and healthcare workers, LGBTQ and choice orgs

They say that I am the most progressive choice, the best candidate in this race, from housing to healthcare, from climate change to civil rights, to continue to represent a progressive voice for Lexington and Woburn.

The Democratic Primary Election will be on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Whoever wins the Primary will be our next State Representative. I want to be our next State Rep and I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you.