LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Endorses Judy O’Connell For State Rep

Dear Editor,

I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Judy O’Connell for State Representative. I have had the privilege of knowing Judy since my days of coaching high school softball, where Judy embodied the qualities of a leader and a team player, excelling at most everything she did both on and off the field. A Boston Globe All Scholastic and a 1991 Honors graduate from Wilmington High School, Judy brought those same abilities and attributes to Merrimack College where she was an Academic and Athletic NCAA All-American helping her team capture the NCAA National Championship in women’s softball. She has been inducted in the Wilmington High School and Northeast-10 Athletic Halls of Fame and was recently notified of her upcoming induction to the Merrimack College Hall of Fame. Judy’s success was not limited to the playing field. She graduating Cum Laude from Merrimack College in 1995 receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Psychology and Sociology.

Judy has a wide range of experience in both the public and private sector. Her experience as a teacher and a small business owner offer her a unique and valuable perspective on many of the issues that face the residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Judy epitomizes the values that are important to the residents of our district.  Her commitment to public service is exemplified by her work as a member of the Wilmington School Committee where she served as Vice-Chair and as a two term member of the Board of Selectmen where her colleagues twice elected her Chairman. As Chairman of the Yentile Farm Recreational project, her leadership skills were clearly evident as this widely acclaimed recreational center was constructed on time and under budget.

Judy has the experience, intellect and values that we need in our next State Representative. She knows how to engage residents in the governmental process and can work collaboratively with town officials. She is a good listener and she will work tirelessly to resolve issues important to our residents. Judy has a strong command of the issues facing our Towns. She is a dedicated, hard-working individual who cares deeply for both communities. Hers will be a strong voice on Beacon Hill always advocating in the best interest of the communities that she would be privileged to serve.

I hope you will join me in supporting the candidacy of Judy O’Connell for election to State Representative of the 19thMiddlesex District.


Kevin A. Caira

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