Local Veteran announces run for State Representative seat
July 31, 2017 (BILLERICA, MA) –
Local Navy Veteran Alicia Marie Reddin today announced her candidacy for the State Representative Seat in the 22nd Middlesex District covering all of Billerica.
Reddin said her dedication to serving others, combined with her work on diversity and equality, make her a strong voice for the residents in Billerica.
“As State Representative, I want to open the doors of the State House to all voices in Billerica,” she said. “I am passionate about improving access to government and will be an inclusive, transparent decision maker. Transparency is the biggest buzzword in politics these days. While government should be transparent, those in government should be as well. My promise to you is that as a candidate and as your next State Representative, you will always know where I stand on any issue.”
As the Veteran Service Director for Melrose, Wakefield and Saugus, Reddin has worked tirelessly to increase awareness around Mental Health, Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and works to get Veterans and their families the benefits they deserve.
“My voice, informed by my own identity as a mother, a Veteran, a Democrat, as well as my education and dedication to serving others, will add a different perspective and strengthen the leadership in Billerica. I will work to build bridges throughout our community and with other communities. One thing that I learned very quickly while serving is that you need to be able to work well with everyone and standup for all,” Reddin said.
Reddin works full time leading a team of Veteran Service officers and administrative staff in an inter-municipal department, the Melrose – Wakefield – Saugus Veteran Services District. In that role, she has worked on numerous municipal, state, and federal initiatives focused on homelessness, hunger, sexual assault and substance abuse. In her time at MWS Veteran Services, she has worked with the Massachusetts Veteran Service Officer Association (MVSOA) to advocate for Veteran families and work on legislation to increase benefits and protect the benefits that are in place currently. In 2017 Reddin was elected to the executive board of the MVSOA and named the Chairman of the Statewide Training Committee.
She also plays a key role in her service to others as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Wakefield Rotary Club, a key community partner with the Wakefield/Stoneham Boys and Girls Club, and an appointed member of Governor Charlie Baker’s Post Deployment Commission.
Reddin also stepped in as the head coach the Billerica Pop Warner Cherokees and Chiefs cheer squads last season and will be volunteering with Pop Warner again in the upcoming year. Reddin is a supporter of education and is attending Lesley University in Cambridge, she is currently conducting research for her PhD in Adult Learning & Development.
Reddin said she plans to use the knowledge gained through these projects and experiences to reach across the party lines and to work with all elected officials to ensure that Billerica has a strong voice as we shape the future of Massachusetts.
“In March 2016 the Town voted to invest in a new High School and in our children’s educational future. We must also explore options for how to best invest in our roads and infrastructure to continue to elevate Billerica’s profile as a desired community for companies and residents,” she said. “The goal is to do these things in a fiscally conservative manner with stability and sustainability. We all pay our fair share of taxes and my goal is to ensure that those dollars are being used in the most efficient way possible, while also advocating for increased funds from the state. We need an advocate in the State House that will fight for more than the mandated minimum we get. I am that advocate and I look forward to running for Billerica.”
Alicia will be kicking off her campaign at the Billerica Country Club on October 21, 2017 from 7 pm to 10 pm and all are welcome to attend and learn more about Alicia and her candidacy for State Representative for the 22nd Middlesex District.
The Democratic Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
The State General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.