Marianela is running for State Representative for the 17th Essex district, hoping to address the systemic issues in the community, especially underfunded education, fighting climate change, increased governmental transparency, and issues of equity.
With the help of family, friends, and her community, Marianela graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy at the age of 24. Understanding the importance of giving back to her community, Marianela stayed in her hometown and worked in a variety of settings such as home care, special education, and early intervention serving the Lawrence, Andover, Methuen, and North Andover area.
Her experiences revealed systemic issues that were impacting her patients, students, and clients. The most alarming of her experiences was witnessing the state of education in the Lawrence Public Schools under receivership. Determined to make the changes her students desperately needed, Marianela ran and won a last-minute sticker campaign for the Lawrence School Committee. She was elected Vice Chair during her second term and dedicated her public service to providing civic education, empowering her community members, and fighting for education justice.
Marianela’s grassroots efforts helped organize parents, teachers, students, activists, and concerned citizens to save public education during the “No on 2” campaign and the Fund Our Future campaign that led to the passing of the Student Opportunity Act. She is currently working in special education and remains dedicated to equity work as she shifts her focus towards running for state representative. She aspires to serve our communities of Lawrence, Andover, and Methuen by collaboratively creating solutions that improve the quality of our lives. With her knowledge and experience, Marianela desires to unify experts in all areas, especially in the healthcare and education fields, to guide policies that positively impact our communities. She hopes to bring her expertise and much needed perspective to the State House.
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