FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2016
Contact: Natalie Higgins, 978-602-3772
SEIU Local 509 Endorses Natalie Higgins for 4th Worcester District State Representative
SEIU Local 509, which represents nearly 20,000 human service workers and educators throughout Massachusetts, announces its endorsement and strong support for Natalie Higgins, Democratic candidate for the 4th Worcester District.
"Natalie has spent the last ten years fighting for those in crisis, including teen survivors, the elderly, and public education. She has the right education, skills, and experience and will be a strong and accessible advocate for the 4th Worcester District as State Representative. SEIU Local 509 is proud to endorse her," said Susan Tousignant, President, SEIU Local 509.
Higgins is running for the Leominster House seat that incumbent Rep. Dennis Rosa has announced he will not seek this fall. She is an attorney and executive director of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM), a nonprofit that advocates for better funding, more affordability and accessibility for students, and better support for our faculty and staff in public higher education.
A 2006 graduate of Leominster High School, Higgins obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UMass Amherst, earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2014.
She has worked for the last ten years as a community advocate, first as a Rape Crisis Center Teen Counselor/Community Educator throughout Central Massachusetts. Then, as a law student, she worked in Governor Patrick’s Office, the Worcester Juvenile Court, Community Legal Aid’s Elder Law Unit, and with the Reproductive Justice Unit of the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India.
Higgins has pledged to defend public education, increase access to mental health services and create economic development opportunities as State Representative. “,” said Natalie Higgins. “I am excited to continue to fight for working families as State Representative and work with the AFL-CIO and its members to build a stronger and fairer economy focused on good jobs and shared prosperity.”
Higgins has also received endorsements from the AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, MassEquality, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, Massachusetts Voters for Animals, the Massachusetts National Organization of Women PAC, the Sierra Club, 1199SEIU, the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists, Mass Care, the National Association of Social Workers - MA PACE, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund.
The Democratic primary election takes place on Thursday, September 8th. Please visit electnataliehiggins.com to learn more about Natalie Higgins.