Two-term Lynn School Committee Member Charlie Gallo, 31, has announced that he will not seek re-election, though he plans to remain involved in the community and is not ruling out a future run for elected office.
“I will miss serving,” said Gallo. “Most of all, I will miss going into our schools and engaging directly with our excellent students and educators. My favorite parts of the job have been stopping by high school classes to talk civics, and visiting elementary classrooms to read books and stress the importance of early literacy.”
Although his time on the Lynn School Committee will end this December, Gallo will stay busy. Last year, he opened Gallo Law Office in downtown Lynn, where he specializes in elder law and estate planning. Gallo also teaches at North Shore Community College and is the longtime secretary of the Lynn Democratic City Committee. “I plan to stay involved in community causes as well as political campaigns, as I’ve always done,” said Gallo. “If I can help to improve our city through elected office someday, I’m very open to being a candidate again in the future.”
Gallo said that he has kept his campaign promises since his election in 2011, and therefore believes that it is a good time to step aside and make room for someone with new ideas to build upon past successes. He noted that he has worked on grant funding, career development programs, student safety programs, youth civic engagement, partnerships with businesses, unions, and non-profits, adult education and job training, educator appreciation, and increased transparency by making School Committee meetings available online.
“It has been a privilege to serve,” said Gallo. “We’ve paved the way for the building of two new middle schools and worked with our educators to bring Lynn out of state-labeled ‘failing’ status. I’m grateful to my family, friends, supporters, and the voters who have allowed me to be a part of the Lynn Public Schools’ transition to becoming one of the top urban districts in Massachusetts.”