Letter to the Editor

Everett, Gerly Adrien is Proud of Her Heritage

As a candidate for State Rep. and a resident of Everett, I, Gerly Adrien, am proud to be Haitian-American. My parents were born in Haiti, a country with a rich history of being the first colony with African slaves to gain its independence. My great-grandfather was a senator in Haiti. My great-uncle, who was an excellent student in the country of Haiti, was recruited to attend Harvard University, in Cambridge. His academic pursuit was the catalyst of the Adrien family leaving Haiti to come to the United States of America to do the same, and pursue the American Dream. My parents moved to Everett in 1993 and in 1995, they purchased their first home, in Ward 4. They worked hard, became proficient in English, had three children, went to church every Sunday and were involved in the community. My accomplishments are attributed to my parents instilling in me the values of hard work and kindness.

In early 2017, I received a new opportunity to work at Boston Medical Center in the Hematology-Oncology Department. I help clinical doctors and researchers find cures or remedies for blood-related, cancer and sickle cell-related diseases. I am also now a candidate for a Masters of Business Administration at Boston University, where I am focusing on Finance and Health Sector Management. I won my first MBA case Competition in Maryland in my first semester. Through it all, I always still give back to the community, and my faith is stronger than ever.

As a community, we stand united together. We are Everett. Everett is filled with great people who believe in hard work, kindness and have hearts filled with love. We will overcome.

In 2016, I ran for state representative for the 28th Middlesex District as a first-time candidate with no name recognition and fell just 600 votes short of winning. I am running again to continue the fight to improve education, economic development and quality of life for the people of Everett.

I am a tenacious and diligent professional; I am compassionate about people and passionate about service. I know that fighting for fairness means ensuring individuals and families have access to the resources they need to have a better life.

The primary election for Everett’s state representative will be held on Tuesday, September 4.

For more information or to get involved with the campaign, please contact candidate Gerly Adrien at 617-835-8267.

Gerly Adrien

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