Friedman finds her place as state senator The Lowell Sun

BOSTON — Sen. Cindy Friedman never thought she wanted this job. But last year, everything changed.

She’s managed political campaigns, and even worked as chief of staff for a senator. But she’s ‘always been behind the scenes — and I’m fine with that.’ Then her boss in the Statehouse, Kenneth Donnelly, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. He died in April.

Friedman didn’t have to run for his open seat. She could’ve stepped back and let a newcomer try their hand at state politics. But she felt like she lost her “partner,” she said.

“I had to get out of my comfort zone and say, this is important to me that I’m willing to risk losing, that I’m willing to put everything I have out there to try to remain in this work so I can continue it,” she told The Sun in a recent interview.

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