Letter: Eckert is Knowledgeable Candidate

Democrat Christina Eckert after filing signatures at the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office. (Courtesy photograph.)

To the Editor:

The best leaders can never be found in the throne room. They are the first in, the hardest working on the job and the last out the door. Approachable and with a point of view that does an end run around their ego, they are not afraid to get dirty.

This has been my definition of good leadership since I met Christina Eckert in a volunteer capacity working to advocate for and clean and maintain the Merrimack River.  In our fast-developing friendship, I found strength, honesty, fortitude, and fierce loyalty difficult to find so quickly.

I am disappointed I cannot vote for her as a candidate as I do not live in her district.  I do think it’s important you know some of the qualities of your candidate you may not always get to see. Christina on a personal level is the same Christina you will get with your vote. She believes some things should not have a price point and remains committed to a healthy, thriving community and the environment and equal access to clean water that will support and sustain that. Continuously educating herself on all levels of the current ecological issues with clean water, especially the Merrimack River, she is a knowledgeable candidate who would have the ability to speak dedicatedly about the subject in her fight and advocacy as your representative at the State House.

Commitment to excellence in civic responsibility wherever there is a need, Christina Eckert’s definition of community does not stop at her district or home-town lines.  Quite frequently you will find her, family in tow, crossing those lines with donations and volunteer help campaign season or not. Without fanfare or the need for gratitude. She understands that a community extends outward and is constantly reaching that way…she is one of the helpers and an example of great leadership. You will know her missteps because she will be the one to tell you. Her no frills take on things is refreshing.

Be the change! What motivates our elected officials is key. A vote for Christina is a vote for a candidate that will be the difference we need to see and a step in the right direction we desperately need to take.

Helen D. Sheehan
Bradford, MA

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