Donaghue, Hostage vie for new 19th Worcester seat

Donaghue, Hostage vie for the new seat in 19th Worcester
Jonathan Hostage and Kate Donaghue are running for the 19th Worcester.

REGION – The Community Advocate profiles candidates running in the newly formed 19th Worcester District, which encompasses all of Southborough; Districts 1, 2 and 3 of Northborough; Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 of Westborough and District 21A of Framingham.

The state elections will take place on November 8th.

Republican: Jonathan Geisel

The seventh of 13 children, Hostage has lived in Southborough since 2003. He has four children who were educated in Southborough schools and his daughter is a special education teacher in the town.

A graduate of Northeastern University in 1988, Hostage founded a small print and marketing company with his brother Jeff. He was also an assistant coach for Northborough/Southborough T-Hawk Football.

Hostage decided to run for office because he was concerned about what was going on in the schools.

“I saw a lot of what happened during COVID and I didn’t like how parents were treated,” he said when asked about the “inappropriate” books children were presented with.

“I was about to run for the school board when I heard that the Republicans were looking for candidates for the seats created by the redistribution. So I contacted Jim Lyons [the chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party] and said I would like to walk.

“We need more balanced representation on Beacon Hill,” he said. “We might not get that blue state red, but if we could lighten the hue a bit or make it more purple, that would work.”

“We need more balanced representation on Beacon Hill,” he said. “We might not get that blue state red, but if we could lighten the hue a bit or make it more purple, that would work.”

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Information: http://jonathanhostage.com/.

Democrat: Kate Donaghue

Donaghue grew up in Quincy, one of eight children. She attended Notre Dame Academy of Hingham on a scholarship, studied medical engineering at UMass and computer science at WPI.

She worked in the computer business for almost four decades and retired in 2019 as vice president of a local lending company.

Donaghue has lived in Westborough for almost 50 years. She and her late husband, Kimball, used their love of hiking to get involved in trail creation and maintenance, development and membership. They helped run a successful campaign to preserve Vermont’s Long Trail.

Locally, Donaghue was a member of the Westborough Open Space Preservation Committee. She is also on the board of the Green Mountain Club and the Westborough Community Land Trust.

Donaghue chose to run because “it’s an opportunity to make a difference.”

If elected, Donaghue said she would focus on elder health care, the opioid epidemic, climate change, K-12 education and public transportation.

Donaghue said bills she would support in the state legislature include full funding for universal school meals.

She also hopes to drive improvements in addiction treatment in Massachusetts. That reason is personal — her son Brian died of an overdose in 2018. After his death, Donaghue organized lobbying days on Beacon Hill to speak with lawmakers and policymakers.

Information: https://www.katedonaghue.org/

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