Tuesday, July 16, 2024

I know I don’t live in Cambridge, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you about my friend and mentor, Marc McGovern.

I first met Marc when I was 12 and a student at a therapeutic school for kids with various educational and behavioral issues. Marc was my social worker.

I was having a hard time. I had a lot of anxiety that made it hard for me to concentrate and focus on my schoolwork. Marc was there for me. He met with me every day, sometimes more than once. He supported my parents as they tried to figure out how to help. He was compassionate and understanding.

After leaving and going on to graduate from high school and college, using many of the skills Marc and I worked on, I went to graduate school to become a social worker myself. I even went to the same Master of Social Work program as Marc at Simmons University.

Since becoming an adult, Marc and I have reconnected (he even officiated my wedding). We talk regularly, he gives me personal and professional advice and, not that its a surprise, but he’s still the same compassionate and understanding person he was all those years ago.

I’m writing this letter because I think politics needs people such as Marc – people who care, people who want to help others, people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference.

I may not be able to vote in Cambridge, but if I could I would be voting for Marc, and I hope you do too.


The writer is a child and family therapist.

This post was updated Dec. 1, 2023, to remove certain details about the writer.