Money saved could be a boon to Peabody, she says, which will need funding for projects like the new Higgins Middle School and the vocational school under construction in Danvers. “The flooding is always an issue. I’ve seen the frustration in that.”
Cole grew up in Lynn, but maintained ties with her grandparents in Peabody before moving in with them and her parents after graduation. She studied to become a licensed practical nurse, which is her occupation now. At 24, she expects questions about her youth and points to others who advanced to Beacon Hill at a young age, including GOP Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester.
“My age is a plus. I have the energy and the passion to go up and fight for these things. ... I don’t have experience wasting taxpayers’ money. ... The last three speakers of the House all had experience, and they were indicted. ... It’s one of the reasons I’m running. I’m tired of the corruption.”
Most of her ideas, Cole says, have come from listening to “different commentators” rather than reading.
“The more informed you become, the more it angers you,” she says.
While she doesn’t belong to a church, she counts herself a believer in God. “I’d say I have Christian values.” She adds, “I just want to be able to help people live their lives. Everyone should be able to have the freedom to live in the way they feel is best for them.”
Cole is not too young to include former President Ronald Reagan as a personal hero. “I was just a baby then. ... He knew that people are better than government at solving their own problems.”
She offers a favorite Reagan quote, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”