Thank you to all of my supporters over these past 6 months, I am truly grateful to have met so many wonderful people throughout this district! We worked hard and came in a close second to Denise Andrews and I wish her good luck in the upcoming election in November!
After the 2010 Census, the State Representative districts were re-configured, and the 2nd Franklin now includes 12 towns, each with its own character, but interconnected economically, socially, and culturally: Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Warwick, and Wendell, in Franklin County; Athol, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, and Templeton, in Worcester County; and part of Belchertown, in Hampshire County.
I’m running for State Representative because I care about the communities of the 2nd Franklin. If you live in one of these communities, you've seen firsthand our greatest assets, as well as the problems we face. We have natural resources and the tremendously talented people, and we also have energy and can-do spirit in abundance. But we also have a workforce that has taken a real hit during these tough times: With per capita incomes about 40% lower than the rest of Massachusetts; with an unemployment rate far higher than it could be; and with towns operating with ever-shrinking budgets, there is definitely room for improvement.
I’m confident I can help bring about that improvement – and my record shows it. In my eleven years as Executive Director of the North Quabbin Community Coalition (www.nqcc.org), I have helped create the conditions for growth and prosperity in our region.
I’ve learned a lot from the people I've worked with and the communities I've served, and these are lessons I will bring to the job of State Rep.
And it is a job – a full-time job that requires focused, committed, and single-minded attention. I will bring this kind of attention to the job of representing your interests and those of all the people of our communities.
I advocate for our communities on a range of issues, from economic development to substance abuse prevention; from equal access to affordable healthcare to securing state and federal resources for education. I’ve seen how government works – and sometimes doesn't work – to protect and advance our interests. I bring a balanced and fair-minded approach to all of these issues, but I am a fighter for what is good for our region.
So that’s why I’m running – because my experience and community-focused values can help advance our interests on Beacon Hill. Over the next few months, I’ll be visiting each of the towns in the 2nd many times, and I hope to see you then ...
Rebecca Bialecki of Orange is the daughter of Clyde L. Robbins of New Mexico and Joan A. (Coffin) Truehart of Athol. Born and raised in Orange, Bialecki is a graduate of Orange and the Ralph C. Mahar Schools and holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University. Married to David Bialecki for 29 years, she is the mother of two, Heather Bialecki of Athol and Jeffrey Bialecki of Worcester.
Bialecki is the current Executive Director of the North Quabbin Community Coalition and serves on several area Boards. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Athol Memorial Hospital, the Board of Community Transit Services, Valuing Our Children, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and the Athol Area United Way. She is an active member and past president of the Athol Orange Rotary Club. She was named as the Citizen of the Year by the Athol Orange Elks Club in 2012. Bialecki also serves in several different state agency posts as the Department of Children and Families Area Board President, a member of the Statewide Advisory Council to DCF, a member of the Greenfield Area Office Department of Transitional Assistance Board and sits on the Advisory Council to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.