Francia E. Wisnewski

Office: State Representative first Franklin District
Status: Challenger
Party Affiliation: Democratic
City: Montague

Francia Wisnewski of Montague has announced her bid for the open state representative seat in the 1st Franklin District, which includes Ashfield, Buckland, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Huntington, Leverett, Middlefield, Montague, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Whately, Williamsburg, and Worthington.

"I am proud for this opportunity to serve Western Massachusetts communities, said Wisnewski. "I am excited to bring my experience in state and local education policy, as well as my passion for advocating for individuals, families and children. I will ensure that the voices of all residents are heard on Beacon Hill."

Wisnewski currently serves as Chair of the Hampshire/Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and is a member of the Montague Town Meeting and the Montague Democratic Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Shea Theater and Leadership Pioneer Valley. Before moving to Montague, she served two terms on the Greenfield School Committee, including two terms as Vice-Chair, and served as a state Democratic delegate. She is a graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts program. Francia obtained her Masters of education from the University of Massachusetts in 2008.

A 17-year resident of Franklin County, Wisnewski has been a tireless advocate for children and residents in need, with a special emphasis on non- profit support services, and education. As Senior Program Manager at Raising a Reader Massachusetts for the Pioneer Valley, she supports preparing children for school success through early reading and parental education. She holds a Master's in Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Wisnewski supports increased recognition for the working people of our community: making pre-kindergarten and day care services affordable and accessible to working parents through expansion of state vouchers and streamlined accreditation procedures for providers; working with farmers and tradespeople to create more regional centers for processing and manufacturing food and other local products. As a long-time advocate for working women, she supports legislation to make Massachusetts the first state to ensure equal pay for equal work.

Wisnewski lives in Montague with her husband, Mark, a local business owner, their sons Luke and Corin, their dog Ollie, their cat Nibbie, and their chickens. She will announce the formation of her committee shortly.

Contact: Francia E. Wisnewski
(413 )588-6307