The 2018 MA State Primary is on Tuesday, September 4. Do you know your polling place? Here are the candidates I am supporting and endorsing. Each listing is a clickable link with more details behind it:
I will never forget the day Bob called to let me know of his plans to run for Governor. We met for breakfast in Somerville, and I couldn't stop smiling the entire time because I knew that Bob in the corner office would mean that Massachusetts would finally prioritize climate change with the urgency that is truly needed. For that reason, I was one of the first to publicly endorse him last year. He has dedicated his life to justice, overcoming incredible odds along the way. His climate divestment and anti-apartheid work is internationally recognized, and he survived very difficult medical challenges in his life. You can read more about Bob's incredible life-story here, or watch the debate that recently aired on WGBH.
My heart is with Jimmy. Living in Cambridge and being politically active means that eventually you meet Jimmy and get to laugh at his jokes. But his campaign is no joke, as he is taking it very seriously. A couple of months ago he asked me to join him for breakfast to discuss the challenges we face from climate change. That's the kind of leader Jimmy is: he uses humor to break the ice and engage us, then learns about the issues so he can help guide us towards solutions. Jimmy would be the perfect complement to Bob, two great progressives, connecting our hearts and our minds. We can't beat Governor Baker without him!
The incumbent Bill Galvin has held the office since 1995, so he’s had plenty of time to enact basic election reforms like Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) and Same-Day Voter Registration (SDVR). Josh Zakim has always supported these measures, while Galvin didn't support AVR until he had a challenger this year. Galvin has also actively opposed SDVR (which would allow people to register when they come to the polls on election day) in favor of the 20-day registration cutoff Massachusetts currently has, which disenfranchises college students and many others every election cycle. Josh has also taken the "No Fossil Fuel Money" pledge (pictured). We need a fresh perspective in this office, and that's why I'm excited to support Josh Zakim for Secretary of State.
Economic inequality is particularly stark in my congressional district (CD-7). Increasingly, the only people who can afford to live here and remain as constituents are the very wealthy and the subsidized poor. It is essential that we move in a new direction in order to safeguard our future, and that means voting Ayanna Pressley for Congress. She understands that being a leader is not just about voting the right way, it is also about setting the course for the future. Until we have a significant representation of minority, black, and female voices in our government, we cannot expect these issues to be confronted head-on with the kind of attention and urgency that they require, and that we deserve. Ayanna is committed to addressing climate change and environmental injustice. She has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, would support the “Keep it in the Ground” act and the “Environment Justice Small Grants Program” act in Congress if she were elected, and is committed to protecting our critically important tree canopy. She also supports abolishing ICE and Medicare for All.
District Attorney is one of those offices that often goes overlooked, which is a shame because the DA has immense power to reform our criminal justice system. Donna is committed to ending mass incarceration, protecting immigrants from undue persecution, ending cash bail for low-level crimes and other reforms to improve our system and bend it towards justice. From the Boston Globe's recent endorsement: "Patalano puts a heavy emphasis on data-driven leadership and transparency...she's also pledged to address a worrisome pattern of turnover in the Middlesex district attorney’s office, creating the stability she’ll need to push through reform".
I was thrilled to support Mike in his first run, and even more ecstatic when he won and became my representative! Re-electing him is a no-brainer because he has proven himself to be someone willing to hold the MA House accountable on the most pressing issues of our time. As a naturalized citizen, I deeply appreciated his brave vote against a budget that did not contain adequate protections for undocumented immigrants. I've had the privilege, honor, and joy of working with Mike on local issues the last few years, including Net Zero and more recently on supporting the artists in the aftermath of the EMF building closure. Mike is running uncontested this year, and I am excited to see what he will do with his second term.
I was very disappointed earlier this summer when Nika's opponent, as chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, did not deliver on our climate and energy bills. Chairman Sánchez watered them down and tried to appease the utilities instead of fighting for what we need: climate justice now! He also refuses to take the "No Fossil Fuel Money" Pledge. I am so excited to support Nika for this seat, in the hope that we will be able to elect a more effective climate and justice warrior to what should be one of the most progressive districts in the state (second only to Cambridge, of course) :-)
I've known Tommy for a few years now, thanks to his great work on climate and energy issues. When I heard Rep. Frank Smizik was retiring I was very sad because Frank's office has always been a haven for us climate activists in the State House. Whenever we were there to lobby our Reps, Frank's staff made us feel at home and welcome, and we always knew he was on our side. When I heard Tommy was running for his seat I felt relieved, because I know he will continue the great tradition that Frank has set in the State House. Brookline deserves to have a great progressive rep, and Tommy has all the makings of filling those big shoes Frank will leave behind.