Cherilyn Strader: A teen activist who supports Lindsay Sabadosa

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Published: 8/5/2018 3:02:46 PM
Teen activist and organizer backs Sabadosafor state Rep.

On February 22nd, Representative Peter Kocot passed away, leaving the 1st Hampshire district without representation.

As a teen, I didn’t know much about the work Kocot did, but I understood what this representation deficit meant for our community. As a young person not yet able to vote, I base my decisions on who I believe is best suited to represent my values in public office on who is willing to listen and who is ready to fight for my needs.

In the 1st Hampshire district, that candidate is Lindsay Sabadosa. I met Lindsay back in January when she was organizing the Pioneer Valley Women’s March as she incorporated speakers of all backgrounds and marchers of all abilities.

I got to know her on a more personal level when I began organizing the Pioneer Valley March For Our Lives. She reached out offering her press list, attended march organizing meetings when she could, and was a friendly adult to reach out to when we were in a crisis organizing situation and in need of support.

Naturally, when I found out she was running for Kocot’s former seat, I was eager to learn more about her candidacy and how I could support her campaign.

More recently, I went with Lindsay to the State House to lobby with her for the Healthy Youth Act — a bill which would require medically accurate and age-appropriate sex ed based on consent, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and STI education — before the current legislative session ends.

This was my first lobbying experience, but a routine experience for her; she knew her way around the Statehouse and all the people there from her experience advocating for Medicare for All, the Safe Communities Act, the ACCESS bill, the PATCH act and many other pieces of legislation.

For all these reasons and more, I’ll be joining Lindsay in the race to September 4, knocking on doors across the 1st Hampshire district.

I urge our community to march to the ballot box with Lindsay Sabadosa on September 4.

Cherilyn Strader

Florence




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