Isabel Redman, Westford Resident
As a 2019 alumni of Westford Academy, I wholeheartedly put my vote behind Marisol Garcia for School Committee.
Mari has been a role model to me since she proved herself the most coordinated Girl Scout Cookie Mom. When my troop volunteered at her Family Fun Fest for St Jude’s at the 4H ground, I saw her organizing and bringing people together firsthand. When I asked her how she manages to do so much, she said that when the world feels like it’s falling apart, she does not let it knock her down. Instead, she focuses on what she can do to make it better.
And that is exactly what Mari does. She sees every challenging situation through to the other side. She dedicates her life to lifting others up, as a lawyer, runner, and mom. She never says that she does not have enough time to help, and she always comes through.
Watching Mari is like watching someone that looks at the world with a particular kind of perspective – one where she always asks, how can I do this in such a way that helps others? How can I use every facet of my life to make the world a little bit better? From raising money for charity through running marathons, to spontaneously organizing a bike drive for The Bike Connector in Lowell – Mari never passes up an opportunity to help others.
On my Junior Job Shadow day at WA, I got to see Mari in action. We were observing court, and there happened to be a shortage of translators. Without hesitation, Mari became a translator, demonstrating her readiness to step into any role that is necessary. Afterwards, Mari had arranged the privilege of meeting and speaking to the Judge over lunch. Mari made the extra effort to make my Job Shadow Day an amazing experience.
One of the best things about Mari is how she listens. Even as a high schooler, I knew that she valued my thoughts and opinions. She is considerate and thoughtful, never making assumptions, and never forgetting those for who she is advocating. For this reason, I am confident that she will selflessly listen and represent the voices of students, working parents, and teachers on School Committee.