Sen. Gale Candaras – uAspire First One Springfield

By: Chris Loney | Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sen. Gale Candaras

Massachusetts State Senator

For twenty years, Gale D. Candaras has been a stalwart and tireless champion of a myriad of programs and activities that are integral to the fabric of civic life in the greater Springfield area, and throughout the Commonwealth.  As a local official, as a state representative, and as a state senator, Senator Candaras has fought for support for parks and libraries, for courthouses and for hospitals.  She has worked to rein in drunk driving and curtail drag racing, and to obtain funding for programs serving the elderly and disabled.  Education and schools have been a particular focus of Senator Candaras’s work, with emphasis on equalizing educational opportunities as the way to break the cycle of disadvantage holding many of our children back.  From the first creation of the Springfield Promise program, Senator Candaras has advocated strongly for stable funding to help our youth access higher education and open a path to a positive future.  She is always there for her constituents and for people who need a helping hand.  No one has worked harder or more reliably to enrich the life of our community than Gale D. Candaras, which is why it is my pleasure and honor to nominate her to receive the Access First One award.


Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.S.

Western New England College School of Law