To the Citizens of Leominster
I am pleased to write this letter of endorsement for Richard Marchand for the 4th Worcester District seat of State Representative. Writing this endorsement is a simple task, yet an immense challenge. What makes it simple is that Rick Marchand is a tremendous person, who is qualified to do this job. The challenge then lies in clearly depicting his character and wonderful qualities.
I have known Rick since 1995 when I was a student at Shrewsbury High School. He worked as a Health teacher and an assistant girls basketball coach, along with being part of numerous other school groups. As a teacher and coach, Rick took pride in building relationships with all students. He will fondly tell stories from decades ago about moments in the halls and classrooms of Shrewsbury High. What he did every day mattered, and students knew they were important to him. My relationship with Rick developed further years later when I became the varsity girls basketball coach at Shrewsbury High, and Rick worked as the freshmen coach. In numerous, perfectly-timed moments, Rick would approach the varsity players, those with a future in college basketball and those who saw no game-time minutes, and he consistently had the rights words to share to build their confidence and refocus their minds and efforts. Now, as a teacher and coach myself, I learned just how remarkable Rick Marchand is. Rick is selfless, ambitious, and loyal. He understands people and always seems to get the best out of individuals. He knows just how far to push you and just when you need a few words of encouragement. He knows when to stand up and lead, and he knows when to sit back and follow.
The world would be a better place if more people like Rick Marchand were leading the way. Rick will be a leader who represents the people, who listens and hears the concerns and challenges that families are facing, and he will commit to making a positive impact, just as he did during his teaching and coaching careers. Rick doesn’t see race, or gender, or age; he sees individuals who are capable of changing the world. Rick Marchand has bettered countless lives, and with him as a state representative, he will have the opportunity to impact so many more, and Massachusetts would benefit immensely.
Erin Largess Cook