“I’ve been really fortunate growing up in Townsend. Over the last 100 years my family has lived and worked in our community as farmers, firefighters, teachers, and business owners. I’m extremely proud of all they have contributed. Today, it is hard to stand by and see the division in politics. With my strong relationships in this community, I feel that I can help bring a youthful energy and focus to the issues that are important to the 1st Middlesex. I can work cooperatively with others while making sure I communicate strongly for a cause. I believe in a thriving local economy where everyone can benefit, in the need to take good care of our natural resources, and that we must assist those in our community who need our help. That is what I want to contribute today: my optimism, my experience, and my effort.”

– Andrew Shepherd

The Synopsis

  • Born and raised in Townsend
  • Graduated from North Middlesex Regional High School
  • Call Firefighter at the Townsend Fire Department
  • Bachelor’s in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Commonwealth Honors College
  • Master’s in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 8 years of Beacon Hill Experience with legislation and constituent services
  • Owner of Bayberry Hill Water Company
  • Local farmer
  • Environmental activist and supporter
Andrew’s Background

Andrew J. Shepherd for the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Born and raised in Townsend, Andrew is a business owner, firefighter, farmer, eagle scout and active member of our community. Andrew studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned a B.S. from the Commonwealth Honors College and an M.S. in Resource Economics. While at UMass, Andrew was a member of the Amherst Fire Department’s Student Volunteer Force, living in the fire station and leading the 30-member student force for two years as Deputy Chief. He was an intern with Governor Charlie Baker in the Office of Access and Opportunity and with State Representative Sheila C. Harrington during his university career. Upon returning home he joined his family’s construction and agricultural business. Andrew has also grown his own business, Bayberry Hill Water Co., delivering 5-gallon spring water to customers throughout the region.

Andrew’s experiences in local business, agriculture, and public service prepare him to represent the interests the 1st Middlesex District.