Courage and Persistence

When we chose to move to Lexington 24 years ago as a young family, we came in through the affordable housing program.

About 10 years later, when my husband was laid off from his job following the dot-com bust, I negotiated healthcare coverage for our family from my employer, even though I wasn’t working full-time and my employer didn’t want to do it.

I’ve learned to navigate a complex system of special education services for our daughter and I have experienced the heart-crushing loss of a loved one to opiate addiction.

You ca't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. _ Mary Tyler Moore (1)

It takes courage and persistence to stand up and speak out for change that’s needed and it’s my family’s story that motivates me to run for public office.

I understand how families struggle today, though they work harder than ever. That seniors on a fixed income are limited as to what they can pay to continue to live in, and support, their communities. The challenges young adults face, as they struggle with student debt and search for work.

I believe in representation that champions quality public services and policies people need to overcome the challenges they face everyday.

Affordable housing gave my family the opportunity to establish ourselves in the community. I’m a working mom who came up through the School Site Council and the PTA. I’ve been an elected representative from my neighborhood to Town Meeting since 2006, was elected twice to Lexington School Committee and served as Chair, then Governor Deval Patrick appointed me to the state Board of Education.

I’ve not hesitated to support and speak up on behalf of children, youth, and families, before governmental bodies and other organizations and decision-makers, to strengthen public policy at local, state, and national levels.

For decades I have answered a call to service for children, families, and communities, pounded the pavement for social, racial, and economic justice, workers’ rights and guaranteed paid sick leave, then the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition asked me to take the lead on better funding for public transportation and public education.

Serving as our next State Representative is an opportunity to expand this call, to improve the lives of all who live and work in the 15th Middlesex. Serving as our next State Representative is an opportunity to extend my leadership on critical issues we face in the district and beyond.

When it comes to serving people, I’m ready to do what it takes as our next State Representative and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4. Thank you.