In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
WESTBOROUGH – Westborough resident and community activist Kate Donaghue has announced she will run for State Representative as a Democrat in the newly-created 19th Worcester District. The district includes most of the Town of Westborough, most of the Town of Northborough, all of the Town of Southborough, and a portion of the City of Framingham.
“I’m running for State Representative to make a difference on issues that impact my neighbors,” said Donaghue. “For almost 50 years, I have been an active member of the Westborough community. As a mother to a son who died of an overdose, and a caregiving spouse who recently lost my husband to cancer, I have experience and insights into the challenges with our healthcare system that plague too many families in Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Framingham.”
Donaghue cited as her key issues healthcare, with a focus on substance use disorder and supporting family caregivers; tackling climate change; and supporting public education.
“Protecting our environment and supporting public education are very personal to me. Both my husband, Kimball, and I volunteered for many years supporting the invaluable natural resources of our community. As long as the federal government fails to take action, I believe Massachusetts must be a leader in fighting climate change,” she said.
“Our children received excellent education in Westborough, but our school districts are under tremendous strain; we need to support their work, and expand opportunities – including through universal Pre-K.”
Following her son Brian’s death, she organized lobbying days on Beacon Hill to talk to legislators and policymakers about needed improvements in addiction treatment in Massachusetts.
Donaghue’s record of community involvement includes service as a member of the Westborough Open Space Committee, the Family Advisory Council focused on opioids for the Attorney General’s Office, the Board of the Green Mountain Club, and the Board of the Westborough Community Land Trust. As a past Chair of the Long Trail Protection Fund Committee, Donaghue co-led a fundraising effort that ultimately protected over 25,000 acres of land from development.
Donaghue has launched a campaign website, KateDonaghue.com, for district residents to learn more about her candidacy, get in touch with her directly, or get involved in the campaign.