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With doors knocked, signs on yards, and a group of volunteers ready to distribute the campaign flyers, Mingquan Zheng’s campaign for the Westford School Committee is in full swing.
“As many of you know, I have spent many years working proactively at the Chelmsford Chinese School to help promote Chinese education. I am going to bring the same level of energy to the School Committee,” said Zheng, a former principal of the Chelmsford Chinese Language School, in his welcome speech at the campaign kick-off party on April 9.
Zheng is one of four candidates vying for three open seats on the School Committee.
While praising the contributions made by the three other incumbent candidates and acknowledging his uphill battle campaigning for the School Committee this year, he remains optimistic: “With the outpouring support in this room and around the town, I believe that we have a good shot at achieving our goal—work together for better education in Westford.”
There were more than 60 people at the kick-off party at Bamboo Restaurant, including parents and supporters in and outside the Asian community. Also among the attendees was a group of Westford public school students who want to have their voices heard, which motivated Zheng’s campaign.
“I like what you are saying and what you want to do, especially about mental health. I think it is very important that we don’t forget… when we push for scores and push for the resumes to get in college, there is also that emotional, spiritual, and mental part of every child that needs to be managed.” Said Cori Ryan, a Westford resident supporting Zheng’s campaign. Several others at the party also spoke to express their firm support for Zheng’s Campaign. Among the supporters are a group of friends who supported Shunhe Xiong’s bid for the Board of Health last year.
Residents seeking more information about Zheng’s campaign for the School Committee, can send an email to [email protected] or search Facebook for Zheng for Westford.
Editor’s note: Incumbents Avery Adam and Christopher Sanders are also running for School Committee. Alicia Mallon, who was appointed to an unexpired term in 2017, is seeking her first elected term.