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Margaret Scarsdale hoping to bring ‘fierce, engaged’ leadership to 1st Middlesex District

Margaret Scarsdale, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 8 general election race for representative of the 1st Middlesex District. (Photo Courtesy of Margaret Scarsdale)
Margaret Scarsdale, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 8 general election race for representative of the 1st Middlesex District. (Photo Courtesy of Margaret Scarsdale)
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PEPPERELL — When asked to describe her style of leadership, Margaret Scarsdale kept it simple: “fierce, engaged and successful.”

Now, the Democratic nominee for the 1st Middlesex District representative seat in Tuesday’s general election, Scarsdale has the chance to bring that kind of leadership to the State House.

Left vacant after the departure of former Republican state Rep. Sheila Harrington, the district — made up of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton Precincts 2 and 3, Lunenburg Precincts A, B1, C and D, Pepperell and Townsend — has lacked proper representation on Beacon Hill since February. Ahead of the Nov. 8 vote, Scarsdale, who went unopposed in September’s Democratic primary, said she has the requisite experience and “necessary” disposition to grasp the position and lead the 1st Middlesex into a brighter future.

“I represent a proven, experienced and engaged leader with a proven track record in the community,” Scarsdale said. “I have seen, first hand, the power of community engagement, I genuinely and passionately believe in the work I’ve done and I hope to continue that work for the people of the 1st Middlesex District.”

To her credit, Scarsdale boasts an extensive history as a municipal public servant and community leader.

Elected to the Select Board in 2019, Scarsdale worked tirelessly for the residents of Pepperell. She also played a pivotal role in the establishment and execution of a number of local and regional initiatives, such as the Toxic Dirt Taskforce or the North Central Climate Change Collaboration.

According to Scarsdale, those experiences are what separate her from Republican Andrew Shepherd and Independent Cathrine Lundeen, her competition on Tuesday’s ballot.

“Those experiences taught me the power and importance of collaboration,” Scarsdale said. “Between my time on the Select Board and everything I’ve committed myself to outside those duties, I’ve learned to juggle multiple priorities at once and I think that’ll be a real advantage on Beacon Hill.”

“Advocacy, partnerships, experiences — they all matter. And, while other candidates might talk about what they want to do if elected, I know what it can take to get the job done because I’ve done it. I can speak to what I’ve done and, if elected, the vision I have to continue that work for the 1st Middlesex District,” she said.

Scarsdale’s endorsers, which include the Massachusetts Teacher Association, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Attorney General Maura Healy and numerous other state legislators would seem to back up that sentiment. Scarsdale said those groups endorsed her because they believe she is the “best choice” to serve in the role.

“They endorsed me because they want a proven, engaged leader that knows how to successfully advocate for the changes that need to be made on Beacon Hill,” Scarsdale said. “They recognize that I’m the best choice for that and I hope, with their support, that voters see it that way on Tuesday.”

While she listed climate change, economic development, education and affordable housing as “priorities,” Scarsdale said, if elected, she would do anything and everything she could to address the needs of everyone in the district.

“I plan to do my best to achieve the goals of everyone in the community equally and passionately,” Scarsdale said. “And I don’t just think it’s important to touch on these issues — I’ve lived through them myself, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and worked on them for many years and I hope I can continue to do so at the state level.”

While she hoped for their support, Scarsdale urged everyone, regardless of their candidate of choice, to vote on Tuesday. And, whether she win or lose the race, Scarsdale said she looked forward to “celebrating months and months of hard work with friends, families, coworkers and colleagues” that supported her on the campaign trail.

“Regardless of the outcome, we want to celebrate the work we’ve put in, the conversations that have taken place in our communities over the course of this campaign,” Scarsdale said. “We are so lucky to live here, to have such kind, thoughtful people in the 1st Middlesex District and it has been an honor and privilege to speak with and work for them.”

For more information on Scarsdale or her campaign, visit www.margaretscarsdale.com

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