Danvers is my home; I grew up here and have raised my children, Nora and Peter, here with my husband, Michael Whouley. Having served three terms in the Legislature from 1990-1996, I decided not to run for a fourth term at that time in order to focus on family. Michael’s role with the Gore campaign in the historic and fateful election of 2000 took us to Alexandria, Virginia from 1999-2001, after which we came back home to Danvers. We’ve been here ever since. I'm a pro-choice, anti-death penalty Democrat and believe that we are, indeed, a Commonwealth. I organize the annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence each year and still, after ten years, I tear up when we read the final paragraph: "...and pledge to each other our mutual honor and fortunes...".
I have served on the Danvers Finance Committee, Committee for Diversity, Human Rights and Inclusion, Danvers Town Meeting, and the Board of CitizensInn. I attended Westfield State College, graduated UMass in 1982 and the J.F.K. School of Government 1997.
I returned to the House of Representatives two years ago (unexpectedly) after Ted Speliotis announced in April of 2020 that he would not seek re-election. I knew my experience in the Legislature would be extremely useful at this time as we faced the pandemic and confronted racism and inequity in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. I campaigned for the seat (in a mask, six feet away from people), was unopposed in the Democratic Primary, won the General election, and was sworn into office on January 6, 2021 (a day made memorable by the insurrection in our nation's capitol; a profoundly scary and sad day for our country).
I currently serve as the State Representative of the 13th Essex District, which includes Danvers, Peabody Ward 5 Precinct & Ward 6, and Middleton Precinct 2. Starting in January, the 13th Essex District will also include Topsfield Precinct 2 and Wenham Precinct 1A.
It is an honor to to serve and I'm proud of the work we have done in the Legislature over the past year and a half.
We have passed legislation to address climate climate change,
protect reproductive rights and access to abortion care,
fund the Student Opportunity Act
and increase both housing and childcare that are affordable. As a member of the Transportation Committee, I've pushed for crucial, overdue changes at the T to put safety first, period.
We have worked with our cities and towns to support their priorities, from infrastructure to Rail Trails. We have put equity at the center of our budgeting and climate action by recognizing the longstanding practice of underinvesting in people and communities of color.
Locally, I'm working closely with North Shore colleagues to :
Address local transportation issues, including improving safety on Rt. 114 and better bus routes & regional connectivity,
I continue to oppose the Peabody Peak Capacity power plant foisted on Peabody by the Mass Municipal Wholesale Electric Company. My work with Senator Lovely and neighbors in Danvers and Wenham to Our area legislators and I are working with our Town and City officials, Water Districts and the Ipswich River Watershed Association and water supply issues for Ipswich River watershed communities including Danvers, Peabody , Middleton, Wenham and Topsfield.
I work closely with my local town officials to understand their priorities, and I'll do the same for Topsfield and Wenham ,should I be re-elected in November.
I welcome your thoughts about issues of concern to you. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-7222-2400 x. 7964.