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Vote O’Connell for State Rep

August 28, 2018 GMT

Wilmington is my hometown, and Judy O’Connell and I are lifelong friends. We attended Wilmington High School together and played softball throughout that time. It’s been stated a number of times throughout this campaign that Judy is a tremendous athlete and team player, and I can personally attest to this. My love of the game outweighed my talent, yet Judy was always patient, encouraging and willing to help me and others that did not possess her natural athletic ability. These are the qualities that embody a true leader. Judy was a leader then, and she continues to be one now.

As a former aide to Rep. Jim Miceli, I know first-hand what the job for the 19th Middlesex District entails. Listening to and assisting the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington with personal and community issues, advocating for funding for better state and municipal services, and helping to shape public policy on behalf of the district are just a few of these responsibilities. Jim Miceli was a champion for the 19th Middlesex District. He never gave up on the people in the district even when the outcome of a constituent case looked dire. He would not accept no for an answer, and I’m sure that many readers today have been helped by or know someone that was helped by him.

Judy shares Jim’s passion for the district and the people in it, and I do believe that she was born to do this job. Her achievements throughout her college career and into her adulthood never surprised me. Academically, athletically, professionally and in her pursuits of public service, Judy has always been a standout. She accepts nothing less than her best, and she’ll bring that “A” game to the Statehouse.

In my current role as a director of a Massachusetts Regional Tourism Council, I work with members of the legislature from all over the state. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, I’ve observed that one of the most important characteristics of a successful legislator is his/her ability to work cooperatively with state and municipal colleagues, community associations, private business and citizens. Those are the legislators that get results for their district. It is true in almost any industry that people do business with people they like. For those of you that haven’t met Judy yet, I’m certain that when you do, you’ll like her. If the 19th Middlesex District has the good judgement to elect Judy O’Connell as the next state representative, expect great things.

I am proud to call Judy O’Connell my friend, and I will be proud to cast my vote for her on Sept. 4.

Ann Marie Casey