LETTER: Former Miceli Intern Seeks Office
Aug 02, 2018 06:17AM
● By Theresa Gilman
To the Editor,
My name is Erika Johnson, a resident of Wilmington since I was 4 years old and candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District. When I interned for Representative Miceli in college, I had a firsthand look at how responsive and accessible he was and how hard he worked to help the families of Wilmington and Tewksbury. As an intern, I worked closely with him on day-to-day responsibilities, but the constituent services aspect of the position was the one that stuck with me. Seeing how the weight of the office of State Representative can be used to make a difference in the lives of others, I knew then that one day I wanted to run for this office to be able to help others in a similar capacity that Representative Miceli did.
As I am talking to Wilmington and Tewksbury residents, everyone has a story of how Representative Miceli helped them, a family member, a friend etc. and how they worry that whoever is next in line for this office won’t be as accessible or helpful. If elected, I will work tirelessly for all of my constituents, be accessible, approachable and advocate on your behalf.
Personally, I have always been motivated by making a difference, contributing to the greater good and helping others. Values that were instilled in me from a very young age and that continue to drive me to this day and make me the best choice in this race.
I chose to study Political Science in college because I saw politics as a way to use my voice and passion for helping others to advocate and make a real difference in our communities. I’ve had the opportunity to intern on Beacon Hill as well as Capitol Hill, seeing firsthand how our state and federal government operates. “All Politics is Local” to quote Tip O’Neill and the state government is much more efficient in getting things done while being accessible to the people, two components I take very seriously.
I want to hear from the residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury when in office but also on the campaign trail, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. My email is email@example.com, I’m on Facebook (www.facebook.com/erikaforthe19th), Twitter (@erikaforthe19th) and Instagram (@erikaforthe19th); all accounts I will continue to maintain if I am elected. I plan to hold office hours frequently in both towns where I, myself (not a staff member or intern), will be available to talk about anything on constituents’ minds whether it be an issue, a policy stance or even just to chat. I will also be public with my office and personal phone number. This position is unique in that it’s not 9-5 Mondaythrough Friday, as a public servant, I am always on the clock. If you see me around town, come say hi or tell me what’s going on.
Transparency is also something I value, and I will borrow U.S. Representative Mike Capuano’s biweekly newsletter idea where he summarizes every bill that was up for a vote, how he voted and why, that will be emailed, available on my website and I will also work with local media organizations (Wilmington Apple, Town Crier, Your Tewksbury Today, etc.) to be sure it is accessible for all. You, the residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury, are my boss and I am accountable to represent you.
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