I have been Ken’s Chief of Staff since he was elected a senator ten years ago. Because of the rawness and personal impact of this loss, the idea of jumping so quickly into a contest to replace Ken was daunting. Ultimately I chose to run because of my intense commitment to our shared vision and values, and to the work Ken allowed me to participate in shaping.
Ken touched many lives and demonstrated that doing good work matters far more than we often imagine. He had a vision to improve the lives of all Massachusetts residents, especially those who are most vulnerable and without a voice, and he did the hard work to make that vision a reality. I want to continue that work with the same depth and drive that Ken and our team provided for almost a decade.
Ken touched many lives and demonstrated that doing good work matters far more than we often imagine.
My background as a public school teacher, as a manager of hardware and software development groups, as a community activist and parent, and especially as Ken’s Chief of Staff has prepared me to hit the ground running with an understanding of the issues that matter most to Massachusetts, and the experience to make a difference in the Senate.
I understand the needs of the people of the 4th Middlesex District and have answered their questions and helped resolve their problems for over nine years. I worked side by side with Ken to increase access to transportation and support for district schools and local governments. I drafted and lobbied for legislation to protect workers and their families and ensure a living wage and affordable benefits; to provide homeless children with early access to shelter; to increase access to services for and reduce the criminalization of those suffering from severe and debilitating mental illness and substance use disorders; to reform our criminal justice system; and to increase the availability of workforce training that would meet the needs of businesses and increase the economic stability of our residents.
My background has prepared me to hit the ground running with an understanding of the issues that matter most to Massachusetts, and the experience to make a difference in the Senate.
I am running with the hope that the people of the 4th Middlesex District will allow me to continue and expand the important work that we have been doing the past nine years, honoring the legacy of a man who led so well and cared so deeply.