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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:
We are excited to endorse Monica Cannon who is running for the 7th Suffolk District House Seat. Through years of community organizing, Monica has proven herself as the best candidate to ensure that progressive change happens in her district.
Monica Cannon is a proud resident of Roxbury and has been the last 10 years. She is deeply committed to her community, her children and her church. Monica has deep roots in the community. As the City of Boston Community Liaison in her neighborhood of Warren Gardens, Monica helped connect residents to city services. She was a member of the Peace Collaborative where she was the Director of Promotions and has helped host their 100 Slices bake sale and Annual Got Peace Basketball Tournament. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of The Tito Jackson Community Fund.
Monica has hosted an Annual Back to School Block Party for Peace for the past 7 years. She was Co-Chair of The Parent Council at The Lile G. Frederick Pilot School and she has Coordinated New Mission High School’s First Football Banquet. Monica is a current member of the Citywide parent council and Chair of the Young Adult Committee for the NAACP. Like many families in the district Monica's life and home has been touched by violence, but instead of moving out, or running away, she stood up and took action. Monica has made it her goal to advocate for young people to ensure that they receive the help that they deserve.
Professionally, Monica has a Diploma in Medical Administration and over 13 years of Business and Medical Administration experience. Monica’s current full time position is Senior Youth Worker/Community Liaison for ROCA.
In the last ten years, Monica Cannon has become a pillar of her community. She has enabled many youths with employment opportunities, raised funds for back-to-school items for students, and organized her community to increase safety. With the State Representative seat open, she has a chance to become a progressive powerhouse. We are proud to endorse Monica Cannon to represent the 7th Suffolk District on Beacon Hill.
Mass Alliance is thrilled to announce its endorsement of Dylan Fernandes, who is running for House of Representatives from the Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket District.
Dylan Fernandes is a fourth generation Falmouth resident who grew up on Woods Hole Road. He has worked tirelessly to promote economic opportunity for all Massachusetts residents, ensure strong environmental stewardship, and protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Fernandes worked as an organizer for Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign in 2012 and as Maura Healey’s political director in 2014, managing a statewide field staff and new media communications for her campaign. Since then he served in various capacities with the Attorney General’s Office. With the AGO’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division, he mediated disputes to get money back for consumers ripped off by unscrupulous businesses. While working in the Civil Rights Division, he fought to protect the rights of those being discriminated against in housing, employment, retail, and education, and was an advocate for disability rights. Most recently, as digital director for the office, Fernandes launched advocacy campaign supporting earned sick time, equal pay for equal work, and clean energy solutions, as well as the popular #EveryoneWelcome campaign for transgender civil rights.
Dylan Fernandes is the progressive choice for Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket. He has dedicated his entire career to advocating for the public interest and the needs of our communities. We know that he will continue to be a strong voice for these values on Beacon Hill.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Jack Lewis, who is running for the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Framingham and Ashland. As the most progressive candidate in the running, he will work to improve the public school system, ensure access to affordable healthcare, and fight for the inclusion of those less privileged.
Jack completed degrees in political science and international relations in college. Fueled by a passion for social justice, Jack entered seminary after graduation to become an ordained minister. Jack then accepted a position at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills. In this capacity, he oversaw the congregation’s social and economic justice programs, led youth service-learning trips, and regularly preached on social and economic justice. In 2011 Jack helped found OUT MetroWest. This program, headquartered in Framingham, serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from across the MetroWest area. In his capacity as Executive Director, Jack has served over 700 area students and their families by offering supportive services, leadership development, and youth empowerment. These programs have enhanced and helped protect the lives of countless area teens.
Jack Lewis has worked tirelessly for others and dedicated his life to progressive values. He will be a great representative for the people of the 7th Middlesex District.
Mass Alliance is excited to announce its endorsement of Joan Meschino, who is running for the House of Representatives from the 3rd Plymouth District. 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.
Meschino put herself through Harvard University by working as a sternman on her father’s lobster boat. After graduating, she earned her JD from the University of New Hampshire 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 for eight years as executive director of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center, a public interest law center that promotes equal rights and opportunities for all Massachusetts residents. She is a former Hull Selectman and current member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Metropolitan Beaches Commission. She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Access to Justice Section Council.
Meschino has spent her life as an advocate and will passionately represent the interests of everyone in her district.
We are excited to endorse Denise Andrews who is running for the Second Franklin District House Seat. With years of experience organizing her community and in the House authoring and championing numerous progressive bills, Denise has proven herself as the best candidate to continue her legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation.
Denise’s work ethic, compassion, and respect for all people was formed right here in Western Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University in Ohio. She is now a guest lecturer at the State Department and various universities on leadership, mentoring, and improving performance.
During her two terms from 2011-2014 as the State Rep for the Second Franklin District, Denise served on the Joint Committee on Revenue, Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Joint Committee on Election Law. Denise served for 3 years as the appointed Chair of Governor Patrick’s Advisory Council for Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Through this work she has built relationships with key leaders and resources across the commonwealth.
Professionally, she served as managing partner of an entrepreneurial consulting company, Legacy Unlimited, and has served 25 years as a respected business leader in Manufacturing, Human Resources and Global Diversity in the Procter & Gamble Company. Denise brings years of experience in complex problem solving, servant leadership and building effective partnerships to create sustainable solutions for progress.
Denise Andrews has proven herself to be a consistently progressive lawmaker and a great candidate to continue serving the Second Franklin District.
Mass Alliance is proud to endorse Mike Connolly, who is running for the 26th Middlesex District House seat. As an attorney, community organizer, and proud progressive Democrat, Mike Connolly has shown his dedication to progressive ideals and practical solutions to the issues faced by Somerville and Cambridge residents.
Once a child raised in public housing and the foster system, Mike graduated from Duke University and received a law degree from Boston College Law School. He then served as managing editor for a progressive law journal, became a licensed attorney, and worked for a global technology company. Despite his success, he noticed that many of his childhood peers were not so lucky and have ended up incarcerated, out of work, on the streets, or victims of the heroin and opioid epidemics. Mike did not believe this was something we should just accept in Massachusetts.
Mike knows that with new leadership we can do a better job addressing the challenges our communities face. We can make broader investments in affordable housing, public transportation, early education, afterschool programs, and other critical services. These investments would help make his story less of the exception and more of the rule. Mike believes that this and future generations deserve that chance.
Mass Alliance believes that too - that’s why we are proud to endorse Mike Connolly for the 26th Middlesex District.
We are excited to endorse Moses Dixon for the 17th Worcester District House Seat based on his ability to bring progressive values to his district. Born and raised in Saugus, Jen Migliore has extensive knowledge of the needs of her district and the strengths of its residents.
Although Moses is the first person in his family to attend college, he achieved his BA from Howard University and an MA in Community Development & Planning from Clark University. His policy making experience comes from his time as a legislative aide for Massachusetts Representative Mary S. Keefe, a legislative fellow for the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, and as a legislative intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget. His community involvement and organizing work is underscored by his experience as Public Relations and Community Affairs Officer for CENTRO Inc. and Professor of State and Local Government at Becker College as well as being on the board of directors for the following organizations: Webster Square Business Association, Main South Community Development Corporation, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, and Coes-Zone Task Force.
Moses is running to be the Representative for Massachusetts’ 17th Worcester District because of his passion for his community. We are confident in his ability to bring progressive solutions to the table and shake up the status quo at the State House every day.
We are excited to endorse Paul Jacques who is running for the Fourth Bristol District House seat. As the most progressive candidate in the running, he has built his platform on improving public safety, education, veteran services, senior and retiree services.
Paul is a proud Military Veteran, with 21 years of honorable service in the United States National Guard. Over the past 20 years, Paul has continued this proud service as a Firefighter for the City of Attleboro and during various stages of his career served as a Recruit Instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy; as President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Executive Board Member of the Professional Fire Fighters of Attleboro IAFF Local-848, and currently serves as the Legislative Agent for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM); where he previously served as PFFM COPE Director.
There is nothing more important than one’s ability to serve the people of the 4th Bristol District with a focus on values, supporting working families, supporting our public safety personnel, and taking care of our veterans and retirees. Being an advocate for funding to strengthen our infrastructure and our schools must be a priority. Providing our children a solid foundation to ensure future success and a willingness to give back to our community is a necessity. Paul is the right choice to guide the District towards a thriving and successful future.
Paul Jacques has proven himself to be a consistently progressive citizen and a great candidate to serve the Fourth Bristol District.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Jen Migliore for the 9th Essex District House seat. Born and raised in Saugus, Jen Migliore has extensive knowledge of the needs of her district and the strengths of its residents.
Jen has experience working in the offices of several established Massachusetts Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Seth Moulton. As a District Representative for Congressman Seth Moulton, Jen reported directly to the people of the Sixth Congressional District, helping them navigate federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. She has enjoyed connecting with the constituents she represents and helping them strengthen their communities. Jen also contributes to her community as a volunteer for GIRLS INC, a nonprofit aimed at inspiring young girls to become leaders.
Jen is running to be the Representative for Massachusetts’ 9th Essex District because of her passion for her hometown. She is ready to work with the people of Lynn, Saugus, and Wakefield to revitalize infrastructure, secure educational opportunity for all, protect the environment, and shake up the status quo at the State House every day.
We are excited to endorse Matt Patrick who is running for the Third Barnstable District House Seat. Through years of community organizing and legislative experience, Matt has proven himself as the best candidate to continue his legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive change.
After moving to Falmouth in 1980 to start a family with his wife, Louise, Matt started his own solar panel installation business and volunteered to lead several environmental and preservation efforts on Cape Cod around the Waquoit Bay area and beyond. He was instrumental in the passage of the Cape Cod Commission Act and the acquisition of open space to preserve and protect the Quashnet River in Falmouth and Mashpee. In his professional life, he directed the non-profit energy advocacy and loan organization, Self-Reliance and was elected first as a Falmouth Town Meeting Representative and later a two term Falmouth Selectman, serving as Chairman of the Board for one year.
In 2001, Matt was elected as the 3rd Barnstable District’s State Representative, an office through which he served for 10 years. During that time, he was the sponsor of legislation to help grow the clean energy opportunities for people all across the Commonwealth, spur economic growth for local businesses, support public health and safety and increase the value of his district. Matt still lives in Waquoit and is still involved in the community.
We recognize Matt Patrick’s dedication to passing effective, progressive legislation and are proud to endorse him to represent the Third Barnstable District on Beacon Hill.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Rosemary Sandlin, who is running to represent the 3rd Hampden District on Beacon Hill. Sandlin previously held this seat from 2007 to 2011.
Sandlin has been a public servant for over three decades, including her two terms as State Representative. During her years of service, she created a network of contacts across the Commonwealth and is now able to leverage these relationships to bring the issues of Western Massachusetts to Beacon Hill.
Sandlin was an active supporter of the fight for equal marriage and is a proud voice for LGBT equality. She looks forward to the opportunity to make more history by defending progressive values and equality for all Massachusetts residents in the next legislative session.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Nora Harrington, who is running for the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth State Senate seat. Through years of social justice work, Nora has become a progressive leader and has built a foundation of experience that will enable her to effectively represent her community.
After moving to Massachusetts in 1984, Nora earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and a master’s degree in theology from Episcopal Divinity School. For more than a decade, Nora worked as a development professional for social service agencies in Boston. She raised funds to protect women and children from domestic violence, help people find affordable housing and avoid homelessness, help elders who were trying to age with dignity, and prevent the spread of HIV in our communities. Through these experiences, she learned a great deal about the social issues affecting her community, how to assess programs and services, and – most importantly – how to deliver the funding to support them.
Nora Harrington has dedicated her career to helping others. She has used her interest in economics and social justice and her progressive ideals to uplift her community time and again. She will continue ensure that her constituents are properly represented in the State Senate.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Gerry Cassidy, who is running for re-election to the House in the 9th Plymouth District. He was elected in a special election in February 2016.
Since his election, Cassidy has helped pass several important pieces of progressive legislation, including the Equal Pay Bill and the Transgender Public Accommodations Bill. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, Cassidy served as a legislative aide to State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy for over 25 years. He was also a Brockton City Councilor from 2000 to 2003.
Gerry Cassidy has been dedicated to the City of Brockton for over 30 years and has brought his passion for finding progressive solutions to the State House. That is why we are proud to endorse him and ask that you remember to vote for Gerry Cassidy this November.
We are excited to endorse Dan Cullinane who is running for the Twelfth Suffolk District House Seat. Through years of community organizing and legislative experience, Dan has proven himself as the best candidate to continue his legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation.
Dan began giving back to his community in high school where he worked several jobs at local businesses and joined his community civic association, the Cedar Grove Civic Association, working his way up to serve as its’ Vice-President. Before graduating college as class president, Dan worked full-time in the office of Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney and in the office of State Representative, now Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh. After that, he served as Director of Constituent Services for State Representative, now Mayor, Martin J. Walsh; Communications Director to Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney; Fair Labor Investigator for Attorney General Martha Coakley; and as a director and advisor for State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry’s successful campaign for Massachusetts State Senate. With the support of his family, community, and mentors, he was elected to represent the 12th Suffolk District in the State House.
We recognize Dan Cullinane’s dedication to passing effective, progressive legislation and are proud to endorse him to represent the 12th Suffolk District on Beacon Hill
We are proud to endorse Michael Day who is running for the 31st Middlesex District House Seat, representing the towns of Stoneham and Winchester. As the current State Rep, Michael has shown his commitment to progressive values through legislation and community work.
Born in Winchester and now residing in Stoneham, Michael Day earned his law degree from Georgetown University while working a full-time job in Washington, D.C. He understands that the keys to the success of our towns are strong public schools that teach our children the value of hard work and the importance of social justice – not schools that just teach our children to pass tests. Michael worked for nearly ten years as a trial attorney with the firm of Mintz Levin in Boston. He also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. In 2012, Michael and his two partners launched their own law firm, Torres, Scammon & Day, LLP. The firm is now Torres, Scammon, Hincks & Day, LLP, and has grown from the three founders to seven professionals. As a small business owner, he knows firsthand the challenges we face in the private sector and has dedicated himself to reigniting our economy and increasing wages for all of us.
We recognize Michael Day’s dedication to passing effective, progressive legislation and are proud to endorse him to represent the 31st Middlesex District on Beacon Hill.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Jamie Eldridge, who is running for re-election in the Middlesex and Worcester Senate seat. With years of experience in the House and the Senate authoring and championing numerous progressive bills, Jamie has proven himself as the best candidate to continue his legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation.
Senator Eldridge has served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district since January 2009. Previously, Jamie served as State Representative for the 37th Middlesex District, after being elected in November 2002 as the only Clean Elections candidate to public office in Massachusetts history. Jamie is known for his leadership and independence on behalf of his constituents, which was illustrated in the very first vote he took after being sworn in, voting against Tom Finneran as Speaker of the House. Since then, Jamie has focused his energies on enhancing public education, stimulating the economy, promoting campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, improving public safety, expanding access to health care, and improving public transportation.
We are proud to endorse Jamie Eldridge for the State Senate because of his ceaseless support of progressive ideals and his track record of enacting effective legislation.
We are excited to endorse Ken Gordon who is running for the 21st Middlesex District House seat because of his commitment to finding progressive solutions to the problems his constituents face.
Ken is a plaintiff’s employment attorney, and has spent the last 14 years defending victims of wrongful treatment in the workplace. He represents workers who have been subject to discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination, and he assists people with employment agreements so that they are treated fairly for the work they do. Before he became an employment attorney, Ken served as a commercial litigator in Boston, which allowed him to become well acquainted with the real concerns and difficulties of small businesses. Before that Ken served as a sports attorney. Ken has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, and spent 8 years as a writer and editor affiliated with the Boston Globe before he began practicing law. Ken has lived in Bedford for the past 25 years, where he has been an active member of the community.
As the vice-chairman of the Bedford Zoning Board, he was involved in decision-making on matters of land use and sign restrictions, and as chairman of the Bedford Cultural Council, he worked to promote art and education in the community through project grants to local innovators.
Ken Gordon has proven himself to be a consistently progressive citizen and legislator and a great candidate to continue serving the 21st Middlesex District on Beacon Hill.
Mass Alliance is excited to endorse Pat Jehlen, who is running for re-election to the Senate in the Second Middlesex District. With over a decade of experience, during which she has authored and advocated for numerous progressive bills, Jehlen is a proven progressive champion. We know she will continue her legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation in the 2017-2018 session.
Jehlen, a former history teacher and VISTA volunteer, graduated from Swarthmore College, received a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University, and completed master's coursework in history at University of Massachusetts Boston. From 1976 to 1991, she served on the Somerville School Committee, chairing the committee in 1980 and 1988. She was among the founders of the CHOICE program, a public school alternative elementary program, which has continued and expanded for almost 30 years. On the state level, she helped found the Council for Fair School Finance, which brought the successful lawsuit that led to the education reform of 1993, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in new state aid to communities.
Jehlen served from 1991 to 2005 in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she served as Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus, Co-Chair of the Progressive Legislator's Group, Co-Chair of the Elder Caucus, and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs. 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. She helped lead the fight to increase the minimum wage, to target tax cuts to working families by increasing the earned income tax credit and child care credit, and to increase the senior circuit breaker.
Pat Jehlen has proven herself to be a consistently progressive lawmaker and a great candidate to continue serving the Second Middlesex District.
We are excited to endorse Mary Keefe who is running for the 15th Worcester District House Seat. With years of experience organizing her community and in the House authoring and championing numerous progressive bills, Mary has proven herself as the best candidate to continue her legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation.
A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, and originally from the town of Sutton, Mary has lived in downtown Worcester for close to thirty years. Neighborhood life and community work have been centric for Mary in her organizing work. She has been a longtime neighborhood leader and advocate for the importance of democracy and public life. Her affiliations include; founding member of Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts, Co-chair of Worcester Interfaith, board member of the Green Hill Park Coalition, and founding member of the Worcester Community Labor Coalition.
For the past 12 years, Mary Keefe has been the Executive Director of the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center (PSNNC); a grass roots resident led organization that centers its work on issues that most concern working families, immigrants, business leaders, churches and institutions within the Piedmont area of the Worcester 15th District. Though the target area of the PSNNC is geographically specific, the work of the organization has had city-wide impact in terms of modeling solutions to inner city challenges such as lack of summer jobs for youth, youth violence and impact on families, isolation and lack of community, failing neighborhood schools, and gaps in public safety services.
Inspired by and committed to the practice of community organizing, Mary is excited for the chance to extend this work as State Representative and continuing to make a difference in the lives of her constituents.
Mary Keefe has proven herself to be a consistently progressive citizen and a great candidate to continue serving the 15th Worcester District on Beacon Hill.
We are excited to endorse Barbara L’Italien who is running for the Second Essex and Middlesex District Senate Seat. With years of experience in the House and the Senate authoring and championing numerous progressive bills, Barbara has proven herself as the best candidate to continue her legacy of enacting meaningful, progressive legislation.
Senator Barbara L’Italien was educated in Andover Public Schools and is a graduate of Merrimack College where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. A former State Representative for the Eighteenth Essex District from 2003 to 2011, Barbara joined the Senate in January 2015. She represents the communities of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury in the Second Essex and Middlesex District. Barbara is Chairwoman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. She is Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Barbara also serves on five other legislative committees: The Joint Committees of Higher Education, Health Care Financing, Education, Community Development & Small Business, as well as the Senate Committee on Redistricting.
As a legislator, Barbara has shown a strong interest in working together to meet the needs of children, families and the elderly in her community. Following her experience as a State Representative, 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 proven her commitment to progressive values through her legislative and community work and we are proud to endorse her as she continues her work in the Senate.
Mass Alliance is happy to endorse Senator Jason Lewis, who is running for re-election to the Senate in the 5th Middlesex District.
Lewis was elected to the State Senate in 2014, following five years serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has led efforts in the state legislature to contain healthcare costs and reduce rates of preventable chronic diseases by focusing on prevention and wellness. He has championed reforms to the state’s education financing system in order to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education. And he has been a strong advocate for increasing economic opportunity and fairness for poor and working families.
Jason Lewis has dedicated almost a decade to his community and his constituents and has brought his passion for finding progressive solutions to Beacon Hill. That is why we are proud to endorse him and ask that you remember to vote for Senator Jason Lewis this November.