The National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter / Political Action Committee (PACE) Endorses Natalie Higgins
The National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter, through their Political Action Committee (PACE) is proud to endorse Natalie Higgins in her election bid for state representative in the 4th Worcester District. NASW-MA represents 7,500 social workers across the state with members in every legislative district. NASW’s mission is to advance professional social work practice and to promote human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone.
Co-Chair, Gary Howell-Walton, a social worker from Boston, offers these words of support, “PACE chose to endorse Natalie Higgins for her commitment to social work values. We look forward to our work together in the Massachusetts State House to pass legislation that will advance the social work profession and rectify inequities that our clients face.”
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.
In Natalie’s words, “I have the utmost respect for social workers in my community. They are on the front lines of weaving together a support network, especially for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders, but we simply do not have enough providers in North Central Massachusetts and many of our social workers are drowning in educational debt," said Natalie Higgins. "As State Representative, I will fight with NASW-MA PACE to ensure our social workers are supported, so that they can provide the vital support our community needs."
We encourage all social workers and District residents to vote for Natalie Higgins in the primary election on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
Contact: Christine Poff, Political Director, NASW Massachusetts
14 Beacon St, #409, Boston, MA 02108
617-227-9635 x12 / firstname.lastname@example.org