In today's Sentinel & Enterprise:
In the Sept. 8 primary, we can choose a candidate who will be a smart, savvy, full-time representative for us at the Statehouse. That person is Natalie Higgins -- a lifelong Leominster resident who was the first in her family to graduate from college.
She went on to earn a law degree and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She could have taken a high-paying job at a law firm, but she chose to work for a nonprofit organization focused on state policies to help make state universities and community colleges more affordable. Previously, Ms. Higgins was a rape-crisis counselor, a community educator, and worked at her parents' small auto parts business.
Having interned for then-Rep. Jennifer Flanagan and been a Rappaport Fellow in then-Gov. Deval Patrick's Cabinet Affairs Office, Ms. Higgins knows how things work in the Statehouse.
Given her education and experience, Ms. Higgins would be a strong voice for Leominster starting with her first day in office.
I encourage you to think about what skills are needed to be an effective state representative in Boston and then visit www.ElectNatalieHiggins.com.
While voting for a familiar name may seem like the nice thing to do, a vote for Natalie Higgins on Sept. 8 is a vote for the relevant experience and connections our community needs and deserves.