Marie McCourt for 2nd Hampshire District

 

A Democratic and community activist who embodies the spirit of public service, Marie McCourt hopes to carry on the work Representative John Scibak has focused on,

“I think I bring qualities and experience that are uncommon in government today,” said McCourt. “I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. My father died when I was young, and I was raised by a single mother. As a kid, and even as an adult, I have understod the struggle to make ends meet. It is my experiences which will shape my legislative agenda.” Her top issues are education funding, access to medical care, economic development, and elder and disability services. “These are all issues I’ve had personal experience with.”

Employed as an assistant program director for grant-funded after-school programs, McCourt directly manages 13 staff and oversees an additional 125 personnel. She is also responsible for providing technical support, data analysis, and grant management. It is her involvement with past advocacy and  the grant-funded programs that led her interest in advocacy and politics. “That interest led me to LIPPI,” McCourt says. “It was a transformative experience for me. It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to run for office.”  A non-partisan initiative of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, The Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) is designed to provide women in this region with the training and support needed to become powerful and effective civic leaders and equips women to become civic leaders in their communities, to impact policy on the local, state, and national levels, and to seek and hold on to elected positions.

“After LIPPI, I was eager for more experience in politics and government,” said McCourt. “I ran for select board against a popular incumbent. I lost, but learned a lot. In the next election, I was elected to the school committee. I also began the first of several terms as chair of the Democratic Town Committee.”  

McCourt has always been active in the community. She joined the Granby Lions Club and also served a year as president. As a member of the Charter Day Committee, she worked on the set up and running of Granby’s annual fair. McCourt was elected to two terms on the Granby School Committee.  Currently, she serves on the executive board and works as a volunteer for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc., a client-choice pantry that serves South Hadley and Granby residents dealing with food insecurity.

“Marie is authentic, smart, and genuine. Her positions come not from seeing peoples' troubles, but from actually experiencing them in her life. She has lived through the same things that we all have had to deal with, and is passionate about achieving solutions. Marie is a problem solver.”  - Mary Lou Guarnera, Operations Manager, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc.

McCourt lives in Granby with her husband Matt and son, Gregory.  While working and volunteering, she earned her BSBA in Human Resources, her M.Ed in Education Management and is currently finishing her Ed.D. dissertation in Management & Leadership. 


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