Meet your Representative: Colleen Garry

I had the privilege of meeting with Colleen the other day. We met at the Dream Diner here in Tyngsborough and I was amazed at how many people stopped at our table to say hi to Colleen and that she knew them or their family members. It should have been no surprise however, as she is an 18-year incumbent. Representative Colleen M. Garry (D-Dracut) is currently serving her ninth term as State Representative for the 36th Middlesex District, representing the citizens in the towns of Dracut and Tyngsborough. Prior to running for the House, she served for eight years as administrative/legislative aide to former Representative John Cox of Lowell.

A lifelong resident of Dracut, Representative Garry is a 1980 graduate of Dracut Senior High School, a 1985 graduate of the University of Lowell with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and a 1994 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1995. She is currently a practicing attorney with a law office in Lowell.

Colleen described herself as a “Full Time” representative and a “Part Time” lawyer. She practices Family law mostly (divorces, child custody cases, etc.) and with her “part-time” status, it involves many evening and weekend appointments, which is very convenient to her clients. By still practicing, she feels it adds to her being able to keep her pulse on what is going on in the community and addressing any issues that may come before her.

When asked about the upcoming election, Colleen said she still “loves” being a Representative.  She still feels she is being effective and will only stop running when she feels she no longer is. This year there is actually a Republican Primary to decide who will be running against her. George Boag, who was defeated with Independent Matthew Sheehan, by Garry in 2010, will be challenging Dracut Selectman Cathy Richardson in the Sept. 6 Republican primary.

Democrat Representative Colleen Garry will take on the winner of that election.

She has been instrumental recently setting up a meeting with National Grid. A representative will be at Monday’s Selectman’s meeting to address all the power outages recently.

She is testifying against MBTA’s plans to cut local train service out on weekends and stopping as early as 10p during the week. For many Greater Lowell area residents, the train is the only way they get into Boston, whether it be for a Red Sox or Celtics game or commuting for jobs in the city of Boston.

Colleen said she’s been fighting to keep the sales tax low through her time on Beacon Hill. Garry said she did not support Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2009 proposal to raise the sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. She also said per Boag’s proposal, dropping the sales tax to 4.5 percent would lose revenue, which she estimated would amount to $1.4 billion and the next slice to 3 percent would equal a $2.6 billion loss.

She also has Concerns for border communities, such as Dracut and Tyngsborough, and keeps their needs in the forefront and has challenged every attempt to raise taxes and increase fees.

2009-2010 was a session that focused on job creation, strong fiscal management and reform that streamlined and improved state government.

For more information on Colleen go to her website or the Massachusetts Legislature website.

She can be contacted:

State House
Room 238
Boston, MA 02133
Phone:617-722-2380
Fax:617-722-2847

District
1105 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA 01826
Phone: 978-957-8139
Fax: 978-957-7829

Email:Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov or RepColleenGarry@aol.com

There is a Campaign Party for Colleen Garry

Village Inn Barn
Thursday, February 16, 2012
6 pm to 8 pm
Suggested Donation: $20 per family