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2014 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:

Mike Day
31st Middlesex, open

Steve Ultrino
33rd Middlesex, open

Christine Barber
34th Middlesex, open

Michelle DuBois
10th Plymouth, open

Matthew Castriotta
5th Worcester, open

Doug Belanger
17th Worcester, open

House Challengers:

Matthew Terry
5th Barnstable, challenger

Keavin Duffy Jr.
3rd Bristol, challenger

Denise Andrews
2nd Franklin, incumbent

Gene Rauhala
1st Middlesex, challenger

Kenneth Gordon
21st Middlesex, incumbent

Marjorie Decker
25th Middlesex, incumbent

Dan Ryan
2nd Suffolk, incumbent

Evandro Carvalho
5th Suffolk, incumbent

Dan Cullinane
12th Suffolk, incumbent

Mary Keefe
15th Worcester, incumbent

Dan Donahue
16th Worcester, incumbent


Daniel A. Wolf
Cape and Islands

Barbara L'Italien
Second Essex & Middlesex

Eric Lesser
First Hampden and Hampshire

Patrick Leahy
Second Hampden and Hampshire

Patricia D. Jehlen
Second Middlesex

Jason Lewis
Fifth Middlesex

Dylan Hayre
Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

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Michael Day

31st Middlesex

9 Poplar Street
Stoneham, MA 02180


Mike Day is the State Representative Candidate for the towns of Stoneham and Winchester. Michael lives in Stoneham with his wife and three sons. His family remains active in their community in which Michael coaches the Stoneham Youth Hockey. Michael graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and UMass-Amherst before earning his law degree from Georgetown University. In 2012, Michael and his two partners launched their own law firm and has seen firsthand what the skyrocketing costs of health insurance can do to a new company and wants to work for us to rein in healthcare costs.

As co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Committee, Michael reviews proposed legislations and calls attention to issues ranging from rights to privacy and freedom from government interference to free speech and voting rights. He is finishing his sixth year as a member of the Board of Directors of Parents Helping Parents, and is an elected member of the Stoneham Town Democratic Committee, where he works to elect leaders who share progressive values. Mike wants to ensure that our children enjoy the same opportunities and advantages he received, and to guarantee that our seniors can afford to continue to live in the communities they helped to build.


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Steve Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

39 Adams Street
Malden, MA 02148


Steve Ultrino, 37, currently serves as a Ward 2 Malden City Councilor. He was first elected in 2011 and was a School Committee Member for eight years prior to that. Ultrino has fought hard for the right of Malden children to receive the highest quality instruction. He has also secured millions of dollars of infrastructure improvement for Ward 2. Ultrino served sixteen years as President of the St. Rocco Society and seven years as a board member and past Chairman of the Malden YMCA. Currently, he serves on the Board of Monsignor Neagle Housing Association and is a member of the Malden Kiwanis. He is a lifetime member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and was recognized across the Commonwealth for his service and doctoral research in 2013.

As State Rep., Ultrino wants to work to ensure that all Massachusetts workers are paid a sustainable living wage, and that women are paid equally. He wants to secure funding for improvements to Malden's transportation and infrastructure as well as for Public Safety Officials allowing the Police and Fire Departments to be safely staffed. He will fight for increased funding in local aid and for economic and social equality, while being a constant presence not only for Beacon Hill but also in his local neighborhood.


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Christine Barber

34th Middlesex

87 Thurston St., #1
Somerville, MA 02145


Christine Barber works as a Senior Policy Analyst at Community Catalyst and is a strong advocate for affordable and quality healthcare. She is a leader in her local community as she serves as Vice Chair of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee and as a leader in the Progressive Democrats of Somerville. Christine Barber has spent her career advocating for working families and local communities. She is a proven leader, who loves the diverse, energetic, thriving communities of Medford and Somerville.

Christine has been a vocal advocate for issues such as health care reform, access to transportation, and support for low-income families. She works in her community to help fix these problems as a leader at the Somerville Community Corporation, which works to secure development in the local community. She has also worked in advocacy to extend the Green Line to Route 116, reduce pollution in the Mystic River, and preserve affordable housing in the area.


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Michelle DuBois

10th Plymouth

Committee to Elect Michelle DuBois
PO Box 6464
Brockton, MA 02305


Michelle DuBois is an elected member of the Brockton City Council representing Ward 6 and is currently in her fifth term. She has 14 years of professional experience as a non-profit administrator and fundraiser. She has worked with the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Courageous Sailing Center, YWCA Boston, St. Francis House, and Pine Street Inn. She has worked to stop a gas fired power plant that would increase air pollution and health risks and has worked to stop the expansion of the landfill in East Bridgewater.

Michelle plans to pursue policies that improve quality-of-life for elders, children, people with disabilities and the working families across the 10th Plymouth District, and supports legislation that strengthens our economy to support job growth. She is an advocate for open and transparent government, environmental policy that protects public health, and protective measures for those most vulnerable among us, and will work to enhance educational opportunities for children, grow protections and services for elders, create solutions for local infrastructure needs, and strengthen public safety resources.


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Matthew Castriotta

5th Worcester

4 Parsons Rd.
Hubbardston, MA 01452


Matt Castriotta started his career as an entrepreneur, having started two small businesses as a college student. The first was a discounted video service at the advent of VCRs. The second was a painting company that employed several of his fellow students. After working in sales for several years, he returned to school to become a teacher following a life threatening illness.

Matt never lost his entrepreneurial spirit and created the startup CrunchTime in 1994. CrunchTime provided healthy and sustainable snacks for kids while partnering with conservation organizations to educate kids about environmental issues. Matt has also worked as a selectman for the town of Hubbardston for the past fifteen years. In this position, he endeavored to improve all aspects of local government for residents. His served as a leader in introducing the town website back in the early 2000s, enabling residents to access many town services online. In office, he hopes to continue to serve in the style of his predecessor, Ann Gobi.


Doug Belanger

17th Worcester

13 Harberton Drive
Leicester, MA 01524
(774) 922-2020



Doug and a friend made the decision to invest in their own local convenience store. In short order, the business became successful and Doug opened additional locations hiring local people to work in each location. Finally, Doug took the opportunity to sell his stores and take a position managing a large retail grocery chain as a more secure means to support his family. Doug rose to become associated with a local labor union as an organizer. He’s increased his role over the years and today serves as Business Agent for Local 1445. Doug has been active in local governance and currently serves as a Member of the Leicester Board of Selectman.


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Matthew Terry

5th Barnstable

2 Ravens Nest Road
Sandwich, MA 02563


Matt Terry was born and raised in Sandwich and has lived in town for 26 years. His parents Bob and Pam, moved to town from Falmouth in the mid-1970's to raise their family. After studying law at Boston College, Matt spent nine years practicing law at two top law firms in Boston, but later relocated his legal practice to Cape Cod, starting The Terry Law Group with offices in Sandwich and Boston. Matt lives in Sandwich with his wife, Jess and their two year old daughter, Reilly.

Matt believes in his local community and wants to ensure that they receive their fair share of resources. He hopes to continue the Capes economic growth by working to fix local issues such as infrastructure that affect the tourist industry in the area.


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Keavin Duffy Jr.

3rd Bristol

610 Tremont Street
Taunton, MA 02780


Keavin Duffy Jr. is running for State Representative for the Third Bristol District. Keavin is from Taunton and hopes to one day raise a family here. He is running to strengthen and empower his community to be a place that residents can feel proud of, and succeed in. Duffy is running as an unenrolled independent candidate so that he can represent his district without being held to particular platforms of state and national party politics.

Duffy’s opponent, Shauna O’Connell, is one of the most conservative members of the House and is a vocal opponent of food programs on which many families rely for survival. She is also a staunch opponent of immigration, contrary to Massachusetts’ long history of welcoming immigrants. Keavin Duffy wants to tackle the issues that are facing his community such as mental health and substance abuse, ensuring a fair tax code for individuals and businesses, producing jobs and economic growth, and making sure that schools have the resources necessary to provide the best education for every student.


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Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

21 Beach Lane
Orange, Massachusetts 10364

Denise Andrews is an Orange native and is concerned about the current state of affairs of our community an country. Ms. Andrews has served as a collaborative and accountable leader for change across many communities. Some examples include improving the quality of governance, embracing global citizenship, excellence in leadership, initiatives for social progress and equal rights for all. She is also a guest lecturer at the State Department and various universities on leadership, mentoring, and improving performance across corporations and non-profit organizations. A long time active community partner, she has actively supported leaders for local, state, and federal governance, youth H development programs, fiscally responsible spending initiatives, economic development and citizen engagement.

As State Representative for the 2nd Franklin District, Denise Andrews plans to focus and prioritize issues revolving around Economic Growth, Educational Excellence, Renewable Resources, and building Vibrant and Thriving Communities.


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Gene Rauhala

1st Middlesex

P.O. Box 606
Townsend, MA 01469


Gene Rauhala is running for State Representative for the First Middlesex district because he feels that the time has come for someone to step and lead the district. Rauhala is an attorney practicing in Townsend, and has been Towsend’s moderator for 16 years.

Gene has grown up in the area and wants to focus on increasing state aid and business investment in the districts six towns. He wants to fix the infrastructure in areas that used to be regional tourist attractions to bring business back to these towns, and he wants his district to get their fair share of state funding so he can better his community. Aside from being a lawyer, Rauhala has also served on the Board of Directors and as president of the Townsend Historical Society. He has listened to his communities needs and now wants to step up and ensure their future success.


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Kenneth Gordon

21st Middlesex

P.O. Box 58
Burlington, MA 01803


Ken believes that politicians owe their constituents straight forward answers to good faith questions. Ken has stood for issues he believes in. He believes it is our responsibility to replenish and conserve the natural resources we have, and wants to extend the bottle bill. He is currently a member of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change as well as a member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and Chair of the Cultural Council in Bedford.

He supports helping businesses to thrive and believes that one way to do that is to support a robust transportation system and will continue to work with leadership to find a solution to these important problems. Ken is fighting to increase the minimum wage, and was even instrumental in the passage of the unemployment insurance reform bill. He is happy to be helping the people of his district and the Commonwealth and is there to tackle the tough issues.


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Marjorie Decker

25th Middlesex

61 Walden Street
Cambridge, MA 02140


Marjorie Decker currently serves as the State Representative for the neighborhoods of West and North Cambridge, Riverside, Cambridgeport and mid-Cambridge for the City of Cambridge. In the House, Marjorie serves on the Health care Financing, Housing and Financial Services committees. She has worked on increasing job creation, making healthcare more affordable and expanding low-income housing. While in the House, she sponsored a number of bills including health education in schools, disability benefits, and labor laws for small businesses. She is also a strong advocate for early childhood education and environmental conservation.

Marjorie's career in government has been marked by her commitment to both economic and social justice. She graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a concentration in Human Rights and Children. She then worked internationally with the United Nations International Association of Peace Messenger Cities on issues such as workers' rights and refugees. Her experience working locally and abroad informed her commitment to civil rights and issues such as LGBT and women's rights, the environment, and organized labor.


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Dan Ryan

19 Essex Street
Charlestown, MA 02129


Dan Ryan has worked as a district representative for Charlestown and Chelsea under Congressman Mike Capuano. He is a strong advocate for issues that affect his community. These include access to high quality education, public health, strengthening local businesses, and making government more accessible to constituents. Dan has worked at many local organizations in his community in a variety of capacities.

He is particularly involved with the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, having worked as a Teen Center director and program coordinator at their Healthy Charlestown initiative and currently serves as a Board member. He also helped found the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition through the Center for Community Health Improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dan has additional local leadership experience through his tenure at the Charlestown Community Center Council and Charlestown Neighborhood Council.


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Evandro Carvalho

5th Suffolk

17 Cowin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122


Evandro Carvalho was born in Cape Verde and immigrated to Dorchester at age 15. He excelled academically and eventually earned a scholarship to study at UMass Amherst and Howard University Law School. After his graduation, he worked as an assistant District Attorney and through his worked he witnessed the vicious cycle poverty and gun violence that affect young people in his community. He has served on the board of Teen Empowerment and also works as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance.

Carvalho is focusing on several issues that he feels are important to help his community thrive. First, ensuring that local jobs are done by local people and supporting this effort by expanding training programs, increasing the minimum wage, and support for small businesses. Second, increasing investment in education including universal pre-K and more vocational and after school programs available. Finally, more affordable housing options for low and middle income residents.


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Dan Cullinane

12th Suffolk


While attending college in Rhode Island, Dan remained committed to serving his community by working full-time in the office of Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney. Dan served as Director of Constituent Services for State Representative, now Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, as the Communications Director to Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney, and as a Fair Labor Investigator for Attorney General Martha Coakley. Dan served as State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry's field director and advisor in her successful campaign for Massachusetts State Senate. Dan is a strong supporter of making a progressive Massachusetts.


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Mary Keefe

15th Worcester

Committee to Elect Mary Keefe
10 Oxford Street
Worcester, MA 01609


Prior to getting elected in 2012, Mary was Director for 10 years of the Pleasant St. Neighborhood Network Center. Mary has worked hard to develop jobs for youth and to protect Worcester's parks and green space. Since getting elected Mary has led the fight on minimum wage and earned sick time. She has also brought money for environmental improvements. Mary is an original member of Women Together, a group working in support of mothers whose children have been the victims of violence. She is founding member of the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and the Worcester-Labor Coalition. Mary is a longtime Worcester homeowner and mother of three children who all attended Worcester Public Schools.

As the progressive Democratic candidate for State Representative, Mary Keefe will fight for our local small businesses and work to increase job training and educational opportunities for our residents. She will continue to fight to increase funds for our schools and programs that create opportunities for local youth, and she will continue to work to reduce taxes on working families while making sure the wealthy pay their fair share.


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Dan Donahue

16th Worcester

39 Forsberg Street
Worcester, MA 01607


Dan Donahue was born and raised in Quinsigamond Village. After graduating Cum Laude from Holy Cross in 2009, Dan moved back to the Village and began work as a Community Outreach Worker for the Juvenile Public Defenders office in Worcester, where he organized trainings and outreach for at-risk youth in the city and county. In 2012, Dan was appointed Director of Policy and Assistant Chief of Staff to the newly elected Mayor of Worcester, Joe Petty. Dan currently lives on Malmo Street in the neighborhood where he grew up with his younger brother John, an instructional aide in the Worcester Public Schools.

Dan is a firm believer that small businesses are the backbone of our city. Dan will continue to fight to grow the size of the economic pie, so that we're not pitting businesses against residents and wants to tackle the problem of foreclosures in the district and the city by proactively working with banks to stabilize home ownership, and keep people in their homes.


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Daniel A. Wolf

Cape & Islands

The Committee to Elect Daniel Wolf
P.O. Box 1111
Centerville, MA 02632


Dan Wolf is the two-term Senator from the Cape and Islands. He was first elected in November 2010, after his first campaign, and reelected with the highest vote count of any Massachusetts State Senator in November 2012. In 1988, Dan and a handful of others founded what would become Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. In 1995, in keeping with Dan's principles of marrying sound business and fair equity, Cape Air became an employee-owned company.

Dan's strong business, philanthropic, and environmental background, coupled with his equally strong belief that our economy should serve the core beliefs of our citizens rather than define our direction, will help him to represent the Cape and Islands well. In his first term, he had been named co-chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government as well as serving on the following committees: Tourism, Arts, and Culture; Environmental, Agriculture, and Natural Redistricting. He also is co-chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Caucus. Dan wants to make access to healthcare easier for older residents and allow them to cope with rising costs on fixed incomes. He plans to make the Cape and Islands self sufficient within 15 years by using solar, wind, and hydropower.


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Barbara L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

The Committee to Elect Barbara L’Italien
P.O. Box 1936
Andover, MA 01810


Barbara L’Italien was educated in the Andover Public Schools and is a graduate of Merrimack College where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She resides in Andover with her husband and four children. Before running for office, Barbara worked as a social worker where she served the elderly at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, worked at the MA Elder Abuse Hotline, and West Suburban Elder Services. Barbara represented the Eighteenth Essex district from 2003 to 2011. As a legislator, she has shown a strong interest in working together to meet the needs of children, families and the elderly in her community.

Following her experience in the State Legislature, Barbara worked with the treasurer’s office to serve the people of Massachusetts. She worked with local banks on the Small Business Banking Partnership, which places Massachusetts’ money into community banks for small business lending. She focused on all legislative and budgetary matters relevant to the Treasury and worked with local, state and federal officials. Barbara has served as Chair of the Autism Commission since November of 2010. The bipartisan commission includes parents, medical professionals, teachers, advocates and the Commissioners of state agencies working together to draft a ten year plan to better coordinate and serve people on the autism spectrum.


Eric Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire

37 Harkness Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 314-3178


Eric Lesser believes his district deserves a strong new voice. Eric attended public schools my entire childhood, and that’s where he learned that individuals who care deeply about their community can improve it. When a recession threatened drastic cuts to education, he led a coalition of parents, students, and teachers to pass a budget override that protected our schools. Eric worked for Congressman Richard Neal and Senator Ted Kennedy, where he saw firsthand the power of legislation to help people from Ludlow to Belchertown, from Chicopee to Wilbraham, from Springfield to Hampden, and everywhere in between. After college, Eric worked on Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. Eric ended up working one door down from the Oval Office, and later worked for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he collaborated with business leaders, organized labor, and entrepreneurs on policies to create jobs, restore manufacturing, improve education, expand infrastructure, and build an economy for the 21st Century. Eric wants to create high-speed rail links to Boston and New York, improve infrastructure, strengthen ties to nearby universities, and ensure access to high-quality public education..


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Patrick Leahy

Second Hampden and Hampshire

P.O. Box 10632
Holyoke, MA 01041


Patrick was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts and currently lives there with his wife and daughter Diane. Patrick is a decorated Holyoke Police Officer who serves as a member of the Churchill Community Police Unit. Patrick received top awards in his academy class and over the past ten years he has been an exemplary officer and leader within both the community and his police department.

Patrick has been invited by local schools to speak about anti-bullying and other issues facing children and young adults. In addition to serving as a Community and Neighborhood Police Officer, Patrick, along with Melissa, serve as members of the Holyoke Public Library Board of Directors and the Holyoke Children's Museum. During Patrick’s career, he has worked directly to stop corruption and fraud in State Government in the State Treasurer’s office in Boston. He has worked hand in hand with small businesses to strengthen their bottom line and provide benefits to their employees, and has built collaborations with stakeholders in his districts poorest communities. Patrick wants to take his experience to the Senate to help better his community and make it a place where families can be raised.


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Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Pat Jehlen for State Senate
67 Dane Street
Somerville, MA 02143


Senator Patricia Jehlen has been a strong progressive voice since she was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2005. She helped lead the fight to increase the minimum wage, and to target tax cuts to working families by increasing the earned income tax credit and child care credit, and increasing the senior circuit breaker. She is Senate Chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Education. She is Co-Chair of the LGBT Aging Commission, the MBTA Caucus and chair of the Mystic River Caucus. She also serves on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and Healthcare Financing, Housing, and the Judiciary. Among her successful legislation were bills to increase literacy for blind people, ensure the rights of people living with mental illness, and provide compensation for the wrongfully convicted.

Jehlen's top legislative priorities are equitable and excellent education, universal and affordable healthcare, and jobs with decent wages and benefits, including earned sick time. In the area of elder services, her priority is making sure that seniors of all income levels can find housing and services that meet their needs, whether in the community or in institutions.


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Jason Lewis

5th Middlesex

61 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890


Jason Lewis serves as the State Senator for the 5th Middlesex District representing the people of Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester. He has been a leader on issues ranging from healthcare, to education, to economic support for working families. He was elected to the State Senate in 2014 following five years as a State Representative serving the towns of Stoneham and Winchester. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Committee on Public Service, and as Senate Co-Chair for the legislature's Prevention for Health Caucus.

Jason has led efforts in the state legislature to contain healthcare costs and reduce rates of preventable chronic disease by focusing on prevention and wellness. He has championed reforms to the state's education financing system in order to ensure that all schools receive adequate and equitable funding. Jason serves on the Board of Trustees of the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence and on the Board of Advisors of South Africa Partners.


Dylan Hayre

Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

P.O. Box 723
Sherborn, MA 01770
(508) 687-2146


Dyaln Hayre defines hy success by what he has done to facilitate the success of others. Dylan has been a leader advocating for residents of low-income housing projects, and volunteered as a teacher and tutor in these communities. He served at a legal aid firm, and represented indigent clients who were trying to access public housing, or who were being evicted or having their homes foreclosed. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney, a job that helped strengthen my resolve in calling for progressive criminal justice reform. He founded and runs a law practice, Lawyer for Soldiers, where he focuses on representing veterans and military families in our courts. Additionally, he serve as Chair of the Board of Multicultural Village, a nonprofit that focuses on teaching conflict resolution strategies to students; and as an Associate Board Member of Project New Hope, a nonprofit that helps veterans and their families deal with the challenges they face through shared experiences and group outings.