In today's Leominster Champion:
To the Editor:
When I kicked off my campaign for state representative I felt strongly that it’s time for the good people of Leominster to have choices this election year on who to elect into state government. I knew there would be many naysayers about my candidacy more for personal reasons, but certainly not on my stances on issues and what policies I’d be passionate to work on if elected.
I suspended my campaign for state representative because I knew of a “new” progressive leader that is creating her campaign of success by being tough and working hard for the right people, the working people. Natalie Higgins shares so many values I campaigned on, such as every American has the right to high quality affordable public education from kindergarten right through college, every person has the right for quality affordable health care, marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol, protecting the rights of women, civil rights for the LGBT community, combating the opiate crisis and being accessible to everyone with the most working family district office hours, which she will have available in the evenings.
Working families, our seniors, children and college students face some of this country’s most unfortunate circumstances. It’s time for the government to stop working against everyone, but for everyone. Together we can all make life better. Stop voting for the “old time, lifelong career politicians.” If you do, nothing — and I mean nothing — will ever change.
You may feel let down with your choices for president, but I’ve had many conversations with Natalie Higgins and I help her how I can since I had to swallow my own fate in this very race. Supporting her and voting for her reaffirms my commitment to see new progressive, non-established true public servants elected to truly represent our American values, here at home, in this state and across this country.
So let me leave you with this question. Will you vote for real change when casting your ballot for state representative, since so many Americans feel displeased with the candidates for president? I say vote for new leadership. Vote for Natalie Higgins. I voted early at City Hall. You can do the same before Nov. 8.
Editor’s note: The author is a former independent candidate for state representative and a former elected at-large School Committee member.