RELEASE: Gardner City Councillors Christine Johnson and James Johnson Endorse Rick Green for Congress


Dante Vitagliano

Gardner City Councillors Christine Johnson and James Johnson endorse Rick Green, candidate for Congress in the Third District of Massachusetts, emphasizing his business skills, his commitment to help those suffering from opiate addiction, his strong support for veterans, and his plans for economic development in Gardner and the district as a whole.

Christine and James Johnson said that Green, the co-founder of 1A Auto, one of the country's largest online auto parts companies, understands the economy and knows how to bring jobs and businesses to Gardner. They praised Green for making infrastructure a signature issue of his campaign, and for pledging to hire as part of his congressional staff a person whose sole responsibility will be to coordinate local, state and federal efforts relating to the opioid epidemic.

"Rick Green is the perfect person for this job. He understands the issues Gardner is facing and has the right ideas to tackle them. His plans to develop local infrastructure and revitalize Route 2 will strengthen Gardner's economy and bring jobs and businesses to the region. Those who are suffering from opiate addiction can count on him to work day and night to promote treatment and recovery. He is a strong supporter of our veterans and will make sure we always take care of them. The people of Gardner and the Third District need a representative with Rick's innovative ideas, entrepreneurial mindset, and get-it-done attitude."

"I appreciate the endorsement of City Councillors Christine and James Johnson and I thank them for their support," said Green. "I am committed to working for the people of Gardner. This city has great potential, and with the right leadership, we will make it flourish. I look forward to working with local officials like Christine and James Johnson to improve our district's economy, fix our transportation infrastructure, and resolve the crisis of opioid addiction in our communities."


Rick Green is the Co-Founder and CEO of 1A Auto, one of the country’s largest online auto parts companies. Rick and his brother Mike founded 1A to help people repair their own cars. The company succeeded due to one crucial innovation: 1A empowers their customers with a comprehensive series of practical how-to videos, free on their website.

Rick and Mike built 1A from nothing more than their shared passion for cars and the Green family work ethic. Today, 1A employs more than 450 people nationally, including at locations in Pepperell, Littleton, and Westford. It is the single largest seller of auto parts on eBay. 1A Auto’s more than 5,000 how-to videos have more than 250,000,000 views.

Rick is a graduate of North Middlesex High School in Townsend, MA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, where he played wide receiver on the varsity football team. After college, Rick went to work in the aerospace industry, quickly finding his way to the most prestigious employer in that field, NASA.

While Rick was completing an MBA at the University of Virginia, he and Mike began to work together to build 1A Auto. Although not rocket science, Rick found building a company that empowered customers both challenging and rewarding. He enjoyed working with his brother, and he intended to raise a family of his own in Pepperell.

Today, Rick lives in Pepperell with his wife Maggie and their children Finlay (8), Tessa (6), and Gifford (4). He is a Cub Scout Den Leader and a soccer coach. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the state’s most influential fiscal and good governance watchdog organization, recently honored Rick for his service. He founded the group and served as its board chair until earlier this year.

Justin Stlouis