By Caroline Ahearn
On Friday Sept. 223, the Holy Cross College Democrats worked hand-in-hand with the “Committee to Re-Elect Dan Donahue” on a stand-out that took place on the corner of Cambridge and Southbridge Streets in support of Donahue, a 2009 Holy Cross alumnus and State Representative for Worcester.
Donahue was first elected in 2013 at the age of 26 to represent the 16th district of Worcester. He possesses a lifelong connection to Worcester and to the College, growing up on College Hill and working in local politics after graduating.
Jack Green ‘16, his campaign manager, has been working for Donahue since the summer after his freshman year.
“I worked hard, and I worked my way up,” said Green. “And all I had to do was show up one day my freshman year.”
Since Donahue is an alumnus and the College is within the 16th district, his office has worked closely with the College Democrats, Student Government Association, and Student Programs for Urban Development. Donahue is currently running for re-election for his third term as a state representative. According to College Democrats co-chair Liam Prendergast ‘19, “The organization will also be going door-to-door to campaign, and helping students register to vote in Worcester. Anybody who lives at 1 College Street is a resident of Worcester and therefore a constituent of Dan Donahue’s. He is a representative for Holy Cross in more ways than one.”
Donahue fondly recalled how Holy Cross allowed him to discover his passion in aiding the city he grew up in. “I love the motto of Holy Cross—to be men and women for others,” said Donahue as he waved to the cars passing by during the stand-out. “It drove me to follow what I was passionate about, and I found out that what I was passionate about was the city of Worcester.”
Representative Donahue currently serves on the committees for Labor and Workforce Development, Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Transportation,and House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets. Over the last three years, he has secured $38 million for the creation of local jobs, worked on the economic development project for Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, and spearheaded the long-delayed Route 20 Sewer Project.
Donahue has also continuously supported Working for Worcester—a service project cofounded by Jeffrey Reppucci, ‘14 and Derek Kump ‘14, with the purpose of engaging with the city of Worcester in various volunteer opportunities during a spring service day. Donahue’s goal for re-election is to continue “building the strong partnerships we need to build a better Worcester.”
To learn more about Dan Donahue and his campaign, or to get involved, visit http://www.dandonahue.org.