Dante Vitagliano
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Fitchburg City Councilors Anthony Zarrella, Marisa Fleming, and Marcus DiNatale, and School Committee member Rosemary Reynolds, endorse Rick Green, candidate for Congress in the Third District of Massachusetts, saying that he is the best candidate to fix regional infrastructure and promote economic development across the district.

Zarrella, Fleming, DiNatale, and Reynolds said that Green, the co-founder of 1A Auto, has the right plans to bring jobs and growth to cities across the Third District. They praised his focus on regional infrastructure priorities like revitalizing Route 2, which they said would strengthen Fitchburg’s economy. They noted that, unlike “all-talk politicians,” his business experience gives him the right skills to deliver real results for the people of the Third District.

"Rick Green knows what it takes to make our district better. His plans to fix local infrastructure are exactly what Fitchburg needs. Speeding up the approval process and working to revitalize Route 2 will strengthen the economic bonds between Fitchburg and the rest of Massachusetts, which will mean more investment, better jobs, and greater opportunity for all our residents. We have waited too long while all-talk politicians argue and fight, but never get anything done. It’s time for new leadership with a track record of real-world success. Rick Green is an entrepreneur, a leader, and a man of action who will make the Third District a better place. We are proud to endorse his candidacy for Congress."

"I am sincerely grateful to Councilors Zarrella, Fleming, and DiNatale, and to School Committee member Reynolds, for their endorsement," said Green. "Creating jobs and growing the economy is what I do. I did it in my company, and now I want to do it for our district. In Congress, I will work every day to get results for Fitchburg and all of our cities and towns. I promise that I will never stop advocating for the hard-working men and women of the Third District, and I will always put your priorities first."


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