For Immediate Release
August 10, 2016
Contact: Natalie Higgins, 978-602-3772
Sierra Club Endorses Natalie Higgins for 4th Worcester District State Representative
The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters, announces its endorsement and strong support for Natalie Higgins, Democratic candidate for the 4th Worcester District.
"The Sierra Club is proud to support Natalie Higgins, a passionate advocate for improving public transportation across the Commonwealth," said David Rudolph, Chair of the Massachusetts Sierra Club Political Committee. "We look forward to working with her on this as well as renewable energy, recycling, and other environmental issues, and we encourage voters to support her."
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 more affordable, accessible, and well-staffed public higher education institutions.
A lifelong Leominster resident and 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. As a law student she worked in Governor Patrick’s Office, the Worcester Juvenile Court, Community Legal Aid’s Elder Law Unit, Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Clinic, 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. She also supports a wide range of Sierra Club priorities. “Rising energy costs are hurting our residents and business owners. We have an opportunity to make Massachusetts a leader in fighting climate change as well as reduce energy costs by incentivizing clean energy solutions,” said Higgins.
Higgins has also received endorsements from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, MassEquality, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, Massachusetts Voters for Animals, and the Massachusetts National Organization of Women PAC.
The Democratic Primary will be held on Thursday September 8th. You can learn more about Natalie Higgins at www.electnataliehiggins.com.