By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – State Representative Danielle Gregoire, D- Marlborough, hit the ground running as more than 175 supporters and Democratic office holders gathered at the Fish Restaurant in Marlborough April 3 for her official announcement that she plans to run for re-election in the Fourth Middlesex? District.
In attendance was the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Robert A. DeLeo, who urged those in attendance to support Gregoire's candidacy.
“The new state budget will be coming out next month and there will be no increase,” he said.? “Danielle participated in making this happen.? She is a huge supporter of local aid.”
“We passed four bills that were critical to the 4th Middlesex District and just last night the House voted to increase the minimum wage in Massachusetts,” Gregoire said, prompting much applause. “Our bond rating is one of the highest in the nation and our rainy day fund is one of only four in the country to exceed $1 billion.”
Among those attending the event were Robert Durand, a former state senator and secretary of environmental affairs; state representatives Carolyn Dykema, D- Holliston and Kate Hogan, D-Stow; Westborough Selectman Tim Dodd; Marlborough Democratic City Committee Chair Alison Serrano; and former Mayor J. Michael McGorty.
The Fourth Middlesex? District includes? several? precincts in Marlborough, Northborough, and Westborough.
Gregoire served in the House from 2008 to 2010 but then lost her re-election bid to Steven Levy. She then defeated Levy in 2012 to win back the seat.