Tom Hendrickson is a 24-year-old lifelong Agawam resident. As the son of two public school teachers and the grandson of a Teamster's Union delivery truck driver, he comes from a working class background. After graduating from Agawam High School in 2017, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Providence College and a master's degree in public policy from the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy.
Tom has always believed strongly in justice, equity, and democracy, and has worked tirelessly to embed these values into our government, our economy, and society as a whole. He has been a political activist for many years, co-founding a student activist group at Providence College and volunteering on political campaigns in the greater-Springfield area. He has worked as a political operative for Sen. Adam Gomez's and Sen. Jake Oliveira's State Senate campaigns in 2020 and 2022 respectively, and he currently works as the campaign manager for Justin Hurst's mayoral campaign in Springfield. He ran for Agawam City Council in 2021, and joined the council in 2022.
Tom has already made a significant impact since joining the council in May 2022. He was the lead sponsor of a resolution to authorize the mayor to initiate Community Energy Aggregation, which was passed by the council unanimously. He has defended voting rights by speaking out and voting against efforts to cut in-person early voting in 2022 and to eliminate mail-in voting in 2023. He was one of the most vocal supporters of efforts to make substantial investments in Agawam's water and sewer systems, which are in desperate need of improvements and repairs following years of underinvestment and austerity. And he has supported several parks & recreation projects, including the Tuckahoe Park project and the renovation of the Agawam Town Skate Park.
Tom has been a champion of progressive values and a relentless advocate for the working families of Agawam. He is running for re-election in order to continue the work that he's doing on the City Council for another term.