I am running for public office because I believe Salem needs some new voices. I don’t feel Salem families have enough of a voice in Salem politics.
Photo: Leo Higgins (second from left) and family
My husband Lindsay and I bought our 2-family home in Salem in 1989. We moved to the Boston area because of the large market for Software Engineers, after receiving my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY. We chose Salem because of its history, culture, diversity, coastal location, and quirkiness.
I live on Summer Street, half a mile from the hospital where I was born, in a cozy apartment that I rent with my partner, Harry, and our two rescue cats. I was raised in New Hampshire, but my father made sure that I grew up learning the history of the city I was born in. Today, I’m building my life in Salem and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I began my career balancing full time schedules both at school and my retail job. After, I worked as a community organizer registering voters and training volunteers in neighborhood leadership skills during the 2016 election. The urgent need for stable hours and health insurance brought me to where I am today, working in healthcare administration at organizations dedicated to caring for our most vulnerable communities.
Robert Camire submitted his palm cards and hand-written answers to our questionnaire. We have updated his blog post to reflect the answers he provided (19 Aug.).