BOSTON (SHNS) – Democrat Simon Cataldo of Concord, a former federal prosecutor, partner at The Ashcroft Law Firm, and president of Harlem Lacrosse, launched his candidacy Monday for the state representative seat that Rep. Tami Gouveia of Acton is giving up to run for lieutenant governor.

According to his campaign, Cataldo worked in the Department of Justice’s criminal division and was a member of the team that prosecuted former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, who was pardoned by former President Donald Trump. In 2011, while working as a special education teacher with Teach for America in Harlem, Cataldo founded Harlem Lacrosse, a national school-based nonprofit.

“This campaign will focus on addressing some of the most urgent issues we face: issues like the climate crisis, the scourge of educational inequity, our economic recovery from the pandemic, and the persistent barriers to participation in our electoral system. We’re only going to be able to do that with an all-hands-on-deck approach,” he said in a statement announcing his bid.

Cataldo earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Colorado College in 2008, according to LinkedIn, a master’s degree in urban education in 2010 from City University of New York, and his law degree in 2014 from the University of Virginia Law School.