FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2016
Contact: Natalie Higgins, 978-602-3772
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Natalie Higgins for 4th Worcester District State Representative
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor umbrella organization, representing more than 750 local unions and intermediate bodies, such as joint boards and district councils, announces its endorsement and strong support for Natalie Higgins, Democratic candidate for the 4th Worcester District.
“We are proud to support Natalie Higgins for State Representative,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman. “Natalie has dedicated her career to public service and advocacy on behalf of working people. She believes in the importance of state government that is responsive to the people that it serves, and will fight for an economy that works for everyone – not just the wealthy and well-connected.”
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. “I am deeply humbled to receive the support of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO in my campaign for 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 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, and Mass Care.
The Democratic primary election takes place on Thursday, September 8th. Please visit electnataliehiggins.com to learn more about Natalie Higgins.