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2016 Endorsed Candidates

Mass Alliance endorses candidates who request our endorsement and who have a clear record of supporting our values. We are proud to endorse these progressive champions:

House Open:

Jack Patrick Lewis
7th Middlesex

Monica Cannon
7th Suffolk

House Challenge:

Matt Patrick
3rd Barnstable

Jen Migliore
9th Essex

Denise Andrews
2nd Franklin

Mike Connolly
26th Middlesex

Moses Dixon
17th Worcester


Nora Harrington
Plymouth and Norfolk

Joan Meschino
Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth

Progressive Incumbents:

Gerry Cassidy
9th Plymouth
Pat Jehlen Mike Day Jamie Eldridge Barbara L’Italien Gerry Cassidy



Kimatra Maxwell

3rd Worcester

325 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420


Kimatra Maxwell has spent her life helping families face challenges such as poverty, discrimination, and unemployment. Running for state representative in the 3rd Worcester district is simply another way that she can help people in her community. She has personal experience with the problems that face members of her district, and she wants to take these issues up to the State House.

Maxwell grew up in the Virgin Islands and New York City, and then went on to earn a BA and MA in Social Work. She spent eighteen months in Seoul, Korea teaching English at a language school before moving to Fitchburg. She now works for Community Healthlink in Leominster, and in 2014 she started her own not-for-profit organization, Fitchburg Naturals, that’s mission is to empower women in the community. Although she has not lived in Fitchburg her whole life, she is very connected to the community, including getting married there.

Kimatra Maxwell will use her personal knowledge of the problems in her community to create and influence progressive legislation as a representative. Mass Alliance is excited to support her throughout her campaign.



Gerry Cassidy

9th Plymouth



We are excited to endorse Gerry Cassidy for the 9th Plymouth District seat. He has had over twenty-five years of experience working with legislators, including fellow Brockton democrat Michael Brady and serving as an administrative aide to Thomas Kennedy. He has had a lot of experience listening to and discussing constituent concerns, and is excited to continue to do so when he represents the district.

Having gone to Brockton High School and living in Brockton his entire life, he knows the district extremely well and will bring that personal knowledge to the State House.



Joan Meschino

Plymouth and Norfolk


We are excited to announce our endorsement of Joan Meschino who is running for the Plymouth and Norfolk District Senate seat. Born and raised on the South Shore, Meschino has a deep understanding of the needs of the district and a clear vision of how to improve it.

She put herself through school by working on her father’s boat, graduating from Harvard University with a BA in English and then earning her JD from the University of NH School of Law. She has worked as an attorney in criminal defense and civil rights law, as well as in health care settings, public service, and nonprofit leadership.

Meschino has been a committed leader in her community throughout her life. She served as the executive director of the MA Appleseed Center for eight years. She has also been a member of many prestigious organizations, including the WBA, the MA Bar Association, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, and the Hull Lifesaving Museum Board of Directors. In 2014, she was given the Community Service Award: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and recognized in MA Lawyers Weekly as one of the Top Women in Law. Meschino is more than qualified to represent her district, and will do a wonderful job being a progressive leader in the Senate.


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