WHY I'M RUNNING
I have always had a desire to contribute by serving in elective office. I’ve supported many other candidates at the local, state and federal level, and now it’s time for me to step up and offer leadership. I’m also running because there is important work to do on priorities that I believe I share with many voters in this district, such as protecting our environment, improving our schools, strengthening our economy and keeping our communities safe. And I’m running because I want to promote greater civility in our public dialogue. As a cast member from the PBS documentary Divided We Fall, I can bring some new and useful perspective to how we can accomplish that.
Pro-bono Immigration Attorney, Kids in Need of Defense
Pro-Bono Attorney, Lawyer of the Day Program, Essex County Court
Activist with Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and Mom’s Demand Action
Volunteer fundraiser, Alzheimer’s Association
Member, North Shore NAACP
Deputy Campaign Director, Massachusetts Democratic Party
Cast Member, PBS documentary Divided We Fall
Mother & stepmother to four children
My twin sister Donna and I are the last of nine children of very nurturing parents. They not only took care of their nine children, but took in any stray, and provided a welcoming environment to the many neighborhood kids who decided to spend after school and weekends at our house. There was a lot of chaos in our house, and I loved every minute of it. Among the chaos, there was a lot of love and an incredible loyalty for friends and family.
Who could even think of only themselves in this atmosphere and who wanted to? We truly lived by the motto of “the more the merrier.” My father carried this desire to make lives better by becoming Harbormaster for the city of Haverhill and saved over 160 lives during his tenure. We also provided our artesian well water to the public when Haverhill’s water was undrinkable and gave free rides up and down the Merrimack River to the poor and elderly. The list goes on.
My father never had a platform, but he was undoubtably a public servant. He did these things not because he had to, but because he wanted to. I don’t have to run for state representative to have a job, but I know I want to run for state representative to try to better the lives of the voters in this district.What could be a better legacy than to live in a district I love and do a job I always wanted to do, while carrying on the values I learned as a child about the importance of public service.