Rodney is known for his unrelenting work ethic and his love for his family and community. Rodney’s priorities are evaluating the Massachusetts School Building Authority formula and increasing funding for schools, supporting an increase in Chapter 90 funding for road repairs and supporting legislation to fund more mental health counseling in schools and prioritizing the concerns of parents and teachers regarding the pandemic’s impact on children. He travels the Rourke Bridge every day and understands the importance of keeping the replacement project on track.
I am excited to officially announce my candidacy for State Representative for the 16th Middlesex District and to ask for your help and support. The District includes the Centerville and Pawtucketville neighborhoods of Lowell and wards 2, 3, and 6 in Chelmsford. Although my campaign has just started, I am honored to have the support of many residents of our District and we’ve just begun. The 16th Middlesex District deserves a Representative who is experienced, dedicated, and committed. My education, which includes Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Political Science, coupled with professional experience which spans from the Administrative Assistant in the small Town of Groton to working in Washington at U.S. E.P.A. uniquely qualifies me for this role. I was an elected member of the Lowell City Councilor for 24 years and was honored to serve as the City’s Mayor. As Mayor you have the opportunity to develop relationships with individuals all over the Commonwealth. This will be crucial to our District as the current Representative, with many years of experience and contacts, moves on to the next stage of his career. I have established a reputation for being a diligent and tireless worker. As a former Legislative Aide on Beacon Hill, I understand how to move legislation forward and build consensus. If I earn your vote, I will be ready to hit the ground running on day one. It’s important to be an active member of your community. I coached youth sports for decades and I am the current Treasurer and former president of Lowell Youth Soccer. I have volunteered on numerous Boards and Committees over the years including the Lowell Housing Authority where I currently serve as an unpaid volunteer Commissioner working to improve housing opportunities for the elderly and vulnerable populations. I have been out talking to people from all walks of life in our District. As I meet people my initial questions are: What are YOUR priorities? What is important to YOU? The answers are the same no matter the neighborhood. You want increased Chapter 90 funds to fix your streets and sidewalks, you want the State House to make housing, substance abuse and mental health funding a priority, and you want your elected leaders to direct the funds that are supposed to go towards infrastructure to those projects. All of this sounds very fair to me and I will work diligently to make this happen. It is with your priorities in mind that I kick off this campaign. If you would like to join our team, please contact my campaign at 978-937-8165 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much. I hope to meet you on the campaign trail
Rodney grew up on Varnum Avenue in Pawtucketville where he attended Saint Jeanne d'Arc School. Rodney is the son of Theresa (Gaudette) and the late Francis Elliott. Rodney has four sisters, Lisa, Kathy, Sharon, and Patti. Rodney and his wife Laurie (Machado) raised their two daughter's Katelyn and Mikayla in Pawtucketville. Both of Rodney's daughters went on to college and became Registered Nurses.
Katelyn is working as a school nurse. She worked for decades as a labor and delivery nurse at Lowell General. Mikayla is working at Boston Children's Hospital. Rodney is very proud of his daughters, particularly their extraordinary work during the pandemic. Katelyn is married to Kyle Griffin and they have three daughters, Brooklyn, Whitney, & Carly. Rodney is very close with his granddaughter's where you will catch them Facetiming between knocking on doors. Kyle works as a police officer. Mikayla and Will were married this past July. Will works as an engineer.
Saturday March 16th 9:00 am at Lenzi's in Dracut