LAWRENCE — Doris Rodriguez of Lawrence has announced her candidacy for the state Senate seat for the Second Essex and Middlesex District.
The district, which includes Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury, is currently represented by Barry Finegold, who is not seeking re-election in favor of a bid for state treasurer.
“We need a leader who has the capability to be the vocal bridge between communities. A leader who will work hard to advocate equally for all and represent the district as a whole, regardless of age, disability, pay, national origin, race/color, religion or sex,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
The Democratic primary is Sept. 9.
Rodriguez was born in Methuen and raised in Lawrence. Her parents came to the United States from the Dominican Republic.
According to her campaign announcement, Rodriguez was president of her class at Lawrence High School for three years. She graduated from Merrimack College and from Suffolk University Law School.
She has worked in both the private and public sector.
Her last job was with the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service in Andover. She said she has left that job to campaign full time for the state Senate.
For several years she also worked as an adjudicator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Workforce Development, Department of Unemployment Assistance where she decided benefit eligibility determinations based on Massachusetts unemployment law.
She also previously worked for the City of Lawrence as a compliance officer.
“During her time with the City of Lawrence, she also coordinated and managed to bring the city $3 million to make the city’s housing stock a healthier living environment for families and their children,” her campaign announcement said.
She has been serving as the President of the Lawrence High School, Humanities and Leadership Development, Parent Teacher Organization for the last two years and has also served as an interim board member for one of the local charter schools, Lawrence Family Development Charter School.
She is the mother of three daughters, ages 5, 8, and 18.
“She is also a dance mom, pageant mom, and now a military mom as her 18 year old recently enlisted in the National Guard in honor of her deceased father, who served in the Armed Forces,” her campaign statement said.
Rodriguez will be holding meet and greets in each community. For more information about her go to www.VoteRodriguez.com or facebook.com/VoteDorisRodriguez.