Heywood, a Ponds of Plymouth resident, has lived in Plymouth for nine years. She and her husband have a 5-year-old son, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.
Heywood is making her first bid for public office, but she has been involved locally and in her home state of Florida on a variety of volunteer positions.
She has served on the Plymouth No Place for Hate Committee for the last six years. She has also been a volunteer for the state Department of Children and Families and the March of Dimes.
She works as a nurse in the trauma, burn and surgical critical care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and leads a bereavement group in Kingston for families that have lost young children from pregnancy through toddlerhood.
She moved to Massachusetts with her husband, a Cambridge native, 10 years ago. They settled in Plymouth after a day trip downtown.
Heywood said her connection to Parkland, Florida, her work with gun violence victims in the hospital and her son’s imminent entry into local schools combine to make her a strong advocate for school safety. She also describes herself as an advocate for the under-served – the economically disadvantaged, children who are disabled and English language learners.