Massachusetts Rep. Tami Gouveia (14th Middlesex) announced she’s seeking re-election.

“We have made incredible progress to ensure Massachusetts and our district is a place where every person has the opportunity to build a healthy and prosperous future,” said Gouveia. “But we still have much work to do to enact a real progressive agenda and create structural change that will benefit all Bay Staters.”

As a professional in public health and social work for almost 20 years, Gouveia is a strong proponent of innovative health initiatives, shoring up prevention and treatment services for addiction, and Medicare for All. She founded the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, where she brought together key stakeholders to secure $1 million in funding to address the opioid crisis.

Prior to her work as a Massachusetts legislator, the Lowell native served as executive director of Tobacco Free Mass. As a state representative, Gouveia advocated for statewide legislation to protect young people from aggressive tobacco industry marketing tactics.

Gouveia’s work has also focused on increasing transparency in government at the state and federal level, as well as fundamental democracy reform like reducing the undue influence of money in our elections. Her platform includes improving transportation, enacting a fair taxation system where wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share, government accountability and transparency, working to preserve and protect reproductive justice, and bold policies to address the climate crisis.

“The people of Massachusetts’ 14th District want leaders on Beacon Hill who understand the urgency of their situation, whether it’s economic issues, transportation, healthcare, or concerns about the sustainability of our planet,” said Gouveia. “My background in social work informs my approach to listening to my constituents, really hearing their stories, and working to improve their lives.”

Gouveia will kick off a listening tour of her district starting Friday, March 6. The tour will continue through the weekend:

Friday, March 6, 8:30-10 a.m., Fern's Country Store, 8 Lowell St., Carlisle; Friday, March 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Holy Grail, 166 Great Road, Acton; Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1276 Main St., Concord; Sunday, March 8, 3:30-5 p.m., The Java Room, 14 Littleton Road, Chelmsford.

Gouveia received the 2017 Portuguese Heritage Day Award, the 2015 Mt. Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award, the 2014 Mt. Holyoke College Changemakers Recognition Award, and the 2014 Massachusetts Public Health Association Alfred Frechette Public Health Leadership Award. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a BA in political science and Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University, where she is currently studying opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.

For more information visit www.tamigouveia.com.