WESTFORD, MA – Terry Ryan, congressional candidate for Massachusetts’ 3rd District, today received the endorsement of members of the Westford School Committee, who said he is the "right choice for Congress."
The members - Avery Adam, Chris Sanders, Alicia Mallon, Arthur Benoit, and Gloria Miller - announced their support of Ryan after he shared that he will not be seeking re-election to the School Committee in order to focus on his congressional campaign.
"Terry has been a strong advocate for the students of Westford,” said Miller. "He is a calm, thoughtful leader who brings people together and listens to all perspectives. In a crowded field of candidates, Terry’s dedication to service in the 3rd District sets him apart."
Terry has served the community as a member of the School Committee since 2012, and was the top-voter getter in both elections in which he ran. He was elected chair of the committee in 2017. As part of his role on the School Committee, Ryan served on the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Public Works Initiative Committee, and the Westford Healthy Communities Committee.
"I'm very excited that Terry could be our next Congressman. In working with him on the school committee, I've seen up-close the hard work he's done for the community," Sanders said. "I look forward to supporting him as he seeks the Congressional seat."
The committee has worked together to support the schools, including implementing the Challenge Success program aimed at reducing stress and anxiety for students by focusing on individual success, passing a transgender policy, adding safety measures to school buildings and advocating for the teacher’s pay raise override initiative last year. Ryan personally advocated for the override by appearing before the town's Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and advocating at Town Meeting. He also asked community members to support the override so that teachers in Westford would receive equitable pay.
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of these hardworking public servants," Ryan said. “I have been fortunate to work with civic-minded individuals who have served on the Westford School Committee for many years. As a committee, we’ve shown that true collaboration by bringing all stakeholders to the table and treating everyone with respect is the way to find solutions that are in the best interest of all."
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