Members of the Westford School Committee

WESTFORD (April 26, 2018)- Terry Ryan, state senate candidate for the First Middlesex District, today received the endorsement of the Westford School Committee members, who said he is the “right choice for our state senator.”

Ryan, an engineer and public servant who was raised in Lowell and now lives in Westford, is running for the seat vacated by Senator Eileen Donoghue. The First Middlesex District comprises the city of Lowell and the towns of Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

The Westford School Committee members—Avery Adam, Arthur Benoit, Megan Eckroth, Alicia Mallon, Gloria Miller, and Chris Sanders—say Ryan’s leadership and collaborative nature make him the perfect fit for State Senate.

“Terry is a calm and thoughtful leader who brings people together and listens to all perspectives,” Miller said. “He has been a strong advocate for students and teachers in Westford, and his experience and approach to solving problems set him apart and make him an excellent choice to represent this district in the State Senate.”

Ryan has served on the Westford School Committee since 2012, currently serving as chair. He was the top vote-getter in both elections in which he ran. In his role on the School Committee, Ryan has served on the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Public Works Committee, and the Westford Healthy Communities Committee.

"I'm very excited that Terry could be our next state senator. In working with him on the School Committee, I've seen up-close the hard work he's done for the community," Sanders said. "I look forward to supporting him as he seeks the senatorial seat."

The committee has worked together and with other town committees to support the Westford schools, including implementing the Challenge Success program, designed to reduce stress and anxiety for students by focusing on individual success; passing a policy safeguarding the rights and safety of transgender students; adding safety measures to school buildings; and advocating for a teacher’s pay raise override initiative, for which Ryan served in a leadership role, appearing before the town’s Finance Committee, Board of Selectman, and Town Meeting.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement and support of these hardworking public servants on the Westford School Committee,” Ryan said. “I look forward to serving the communities in the First Middlesex District with the same dedication that I have served Westford for the past six years. I believe that the best way to move communities forward is through true collaboration, bringing all stakeholders to the table and treating everyone with respect. By doing that, we can find solutions that are in the best interest of all.”

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