WILMINGTON, MA — State Representative candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington), Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, held a successful campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday, July 10 at Woodbriar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wilmington.
“I want this more than anything,” Johnson told her crowd of supporters. “I interned for Rep. Miceli back when I was in college… Working at the State House, he had me doing everything, from summarizing bills to giving recommendations to going to committee meetings with him. The thing that really stuck with me was his constituent services.”
“Someone needed to jump into this race who had a progressive voice, who’s not going to take us back to the 1950’s, but instead legislate with current and future generations in mind,” Johnson continued. “I’m running on a platform of working families. Wilmington and Tewksbury are full of working families — childcare is way unaffordable at the moment as is higher education.”
“I want to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Johnson said, noting her involve with the Springs Attached Program and Color Guard while a student at Wilmington High School. Johnson credits two of her WHS teachers — Lisa Desberg and Maura Tucker — for propelling her into politics.
Johnson was the President of her College Democrats at the University of Rhode Island. She was highly involved in the Student Senate and served as a Student Affairs Liaison. Johnson spoke up and told the Dean that her policies of sexual assaults on campus were far too lax and leaned toward victim blaming.
“When I get to the State House, I’m not going to just sit back and vote with the Democrats. I’m going to think about what Wilmington and Tewksbury needs, and think about our children, the future,” promised Johnson. “It’s really important that we legislate to make sure we set up a better future for our generation and our children.”
Johnson announced campaign endorsements from Progressive Massachusetts, First Ask of America, Run For Something, and Moms Demand Action.
Johnson was introduced by Matthew Murray, President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.
“It meant a lot to me to have my official kickoff event at Woodbriar as my grandmother lives in their memory care unit and given my advocacy work with the Alzheimer’s Association, it made the event that much more special,” Johnson told Wilmington Apple.
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