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Former Senator Finegold Announces Campaign Hire

Apr 07, 2018 06:03AM ● By Theresa Gilman

State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by The Committee to Elect Barry Finegold.)

Former State Senator Barry Finegold is pleased to announce that MaryRose Mazzola has joined his campaign staff as Chief Strategist and Campaign Manager. Mazzola, a Chelmsford native, met Senator Finegold seven years ago while interning at his law firm. She began running the senator’s 2012 campaign during her senior year at Merrimack College and joined his State House office after he won reelection that fall.

Mazzola left Senator Finegold’s office to attend the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a Master of Public Policy degree in 2015. Since then, MaryRose has served as Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and more than 225 Greater Boston businesses working to close the gender pay gap.

Krissy Polimeno, Chair of the Tewksbury School Committee, remembers MaryRose from the 2012 race. “I am thrilled that MaryRose is returning to Team Finegold. I met her six years ago as a college senior and am excited that she is back working for Barry. Having someone who grew up and went to school in the Merrimack Valley makes a big difference on the campaign trail, since she knows the issues that our community cares about.”

Lawrence City Councilor Estela Reyes echoed Polimeno’s sentiments. “I’m excited to hear that MaryRose is coming back to the district. I believe that women’s voices are incredibly important in today’s political climate, and knowing that both MaryRose and Barry care deeply about issues of equality means that they will be a priority in this election.”

Mazzola also has strong family ties to the Merrimack Valley. Her grandfather Bill Hogan, who passed away last June, served as Chancellor of UMass Lowell for 25 years before his retirement in 2006. She says her grandfather inspired her to pursue a life of public service. “He grew up extremely poor in Lowell as the son of two Irish immigrants, and he never forgot where he came from. After putting himself through school and serving in the Army, he worked his way up from an engineering professor to university president, with the goal of giving poor kids like himself the opportunity for a high-quality education,” says Mazzola. “My grandfather was proud that I was working on Senator Finegold’s campaign after college, and I’m sure he’d be pleased that I’m returning to where I’m from to work for someone who shares these values of equal opportunity.”

Andover School Committee member Shannon Scully also had a warm welcome for Mazzola. “As an elected official, I am always excited to see young women getting involved in the political process. I know that MaryRose will be a big asset to Barry’s campaign with her public policy experience and knowledge of the district.” 

“MaryRose will be a great addition to the team,” said Dracut School Committee member and fellow Merrimack alumna Betsy Murphy. “She has roots in the area and knows what it takes to win a campaign. We need more women on the front line of politics, and I’m glad that Barry thinks so too.”

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