Heather May To Run For Waltham State Representative

WALTHAM, MA — Heather May has formally launched her campaign for the 9th Middlesex State Representative seat, which represents the majority of Waltham.

May is challenging Rep. Tom Stanley, who has been running for public office since 1988 as both State Representative and City Councilor.

“Like so many people in Waltham, I know what it’s like to get knocked down,” May said in a statement. "During the 2008 recession, my family almost lost our business and home. We were lucky to make it. I was able to advance my career as an educator while earning a Master's in mental health counseling, and we were able to purchase our home in Lakeview, Waltham. Too many families here, especially during COVID-19, are still struggling.”

“We need real leadership that’s transparent, accountable, and fights for Waltham residents,” she continued. "I’m not a career politician. I haven’t been running for political office since 1988. I’m a Mom, an educator, and a union member who is not afraid to lead the fight for housing affordability, climate resilience, education, and an economic recovery that works for everyone.”

May serves as Chair of the Waltham Democratic City Committee and as a parent volunteer at MacArthur Elementary School. She has also volunteered for organizations including Waltham Mutual Aid, Healthy Waltham, the Waltham Community Day Center, and Mothers Out Front.

In addition, May is an educator at Emerson College, where she has received numerous awards for teaching and advising students and is a member of the ECC-AAUP union.

“The future of Waltham depends on having housing that is within reach for working-class families, a climate our children can thrive in, an education system that properly funds our public schools, and a COVID-19 recovery plan that prioritizes small business and job creation,
May said. "The statehouse is rigged for the wealthiest CEOs, lobbyists, and big developers. Instead of siding with them, I’ll always look out for the best interest of people in Waltham.”

This article originally appeared on the Waltham Patch