DATE: 12/10/20 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Andrea M. Freeman, 978-728-3787, email@example.com
Andrea M. Freeman Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Leominster, MA
LEOMINSTER, MA - On December 10, 2020, Andrea M. Freeman announced that she established a campaign committee with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance to run for Mayor of the City of Leominster, MA. She is running to work with Leominster residents and community leaders to improve its public schools, attract more living-wage jobs, and to position the city for a future as rich as its storied past. Freeman believes her coalition-building skills and relationships with leaders in many sectors throughout the state can help Leominster prosper in a post-pandemic economy.
“Leominster has so much going for it, and when we get past COVID-19 there will be innovative ways for families, businesses, and nonprofits to thrive. I want us to be asking the right questions and listening to lots and lots of people to find solutions that work for everyone, not just those with deep pockets. We need to share ideas and plan together—as a city, and as a region,” said Freeman.
Freeman, 51, has lived in Leominster for 18 years, since moving to Massachusetts from Washington, DC, to help establish The Trustees’ Doyle Park & Conservation Center on Abbott and Lindell Avenues. For 25 years Freeman has directed programs in Massachusetts and nationally to protect public health and wellness; conserve parks, farmland, and clean water, and slow the pace of climate change.
In 2012 Freeman left The Trustees and joined the staff of the Massachusetts Public Health Association––a non-profit organization that advocates for state-level policies to reduce poverty, dismantle structural racism, and promote healthy communities for all.
While Freeman’s family roots are in rural western New York State, she grew up on Air Force bases around the world. “Wherever we lived, my parents encouraged my brother and me to be curious about the world around us and to help people—it’s our family culture. They are in their eighties now and still volunteer at their local library, food bank, and fire hall,” Freeman said.
In Leominster, Freeman has been active with the Twin Cities Rail Trail Association, helping to make the long-envisioned 4.5-mile paved path a reality. The Twin Cities Rail Trail will link the downtowns of Leominster and Fitchburg, MA.
Andrea was a leading board member of Growing Places, having served for six years as either Secretary, Treasurer, or Chair. Growing Places helps improve access to healthy, affordable foods by teaching climate-sensitive gardening and cooking techniques; managing community gardens and farmers markets; and advocating for public policies that improve food security.
Freeman earned a bachelor's degree in economics and environmental studies from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in natural resource policy and planning from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is married to Tim Silva, former Head of Adult Services for the Leominster Public Library and now the Director of the Ayer Library.