I am a progressive Democrat from North Cambridge and a first-time candidate for State Representative in the 24th Middlesex, including parts of Arlington and North Cambridge and all of Belmont. I have a lifelong commitment to public service and engagement with key public policy issues. I worked at the EPA prosecuting polluters, at the White House on Hilary Clinton’s Task Force for Healthcare Reform, and for Eva Clayton, the first African-American legislator from the Carolinas since Reconstruction. For the past 15 years, I have been a lawyer here in Massachusetts, at a green technology company, a biotechnology company, and now an international manufacturing company that keeps their main plant and over 600 living wage jobs in the state. I am confident that this diverse experience provides me with a skill set that will allow me to be an effective legislator.
Some of the most progressive voices in Massachusetts politics have endorsed my candidacy – the American Federation of Teachers, the Boston Teachers Union, and 1199 SEIU, who cited my “proven record of standing with working people.” This highlights my commitment to equality for all, and my ability to work on important issues facing the district, such as job creation, economic development, and rising healthcare costs.
I am passionate about the need for economic and social justice, practical about the needs of our community, and progressive in my values. I believe in using cooperation to reach comprehensive and common sense solutions, like closing tax loopholes as one way to fund a long-term fix for the T. Part of serving as a State Representative is using my vote to support the values of the district, even if this sometimes means bucking the party leadership. For instance, I would have voted against casino gambling and the recent three-strikes law. I will never compromise our shared values for the sake of advancement in the legislature.
Thanks for reading, and I ask for your support in the Democratic Primary this Thursday.