Cathy knows firsthand the challenges everyday families face in our region…
“I want to truly bring the voice of our district to Beacon Hill; I have always felt a community first mentality and understand how to work collaboratively to address issues that affect our towns”….
As a small, local business owner, a resident of Lunenburg since 1992, a Realtor with over 30 years selling throughout the district, Cathy understands the varying needs of the towns and the challenges and unique qualities they offer.
Her extensive knowledge of each town in the district, experience and bipartisan approach will help to achieve the district’s goals. As an active member of her community she has a history of public service and advocacy.
Cathy’s political career started with a crash course in learning about public utilities and infrastructure, how they are regulated and how they operate. After the ice storm of 2008 Cathy took it upon herself to initiate a petition and had local leaders assist in gathering thousands of signatures regarding the utility company Unitil which she presented to the Governor. She founded the activist group Get rid of Unitil and led efforts which helped lead to the passing of storm legislation known as the “Unitil bill”.
For the past 12 years Cathy has been an outspoken advocate for the electric ratepayers in our district. She has led rallies and testified at hearings in Boston and was the first to pursue local rate hike hearings giving ratepayers the ability for their voices to be heard. “I think it is very useful to understand the complexities of the system and because of that I have been able to work with stakeholders, public officials and the utility providers in my district”.
Cathy has continued to advocate for utility reform legislation known as the “muni choice” bill which would lower costs for customers of investor owned utilities and improve service. ‘It has given me insight into some ways to get government to run better and be more responsive to people” Clark said.
Cathy grew up in Westford and married her husband Michael , who was from Concord, in 1986 settling in Boxborough before buying their first home. They moved to Lunenburg in 1992 and raised 3 children in the schools who have since graduated colleges and pursued their careers. Their last child is now entering his sophomore year at UMass.
Over the years Cathy has been an active parent in her children’s school and sport programs, initiated a chapter of the national group “Becca’s Closet” giving prom dresses to girl’s in need and has been a sponsor of Lifeline Screening , bringing local screenings for heart & stroke to the community. Cathy has been an active member of the Lunenburg Republican town committee and is a newly appointed member of the Economic Development committee, which she hopes will help bring more business to her community.
Cathy’s husband Michael, a mechanical engineer, served on the town’s school committee and has been involved as a leader in the Scout program for over 15 years with their youngest son achieving Eagle last year.
“Community service and giving back has always been important to me; the values and lessons we pass down to our children and their future depends on decisions we make now. I hold that of great importance.”