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Steve Kerrigan, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

SteveKerriganSteve Kerrigan has been a leader in Massachusetts government and charities for nearly two decades. He has served as an appointed and elected leader in his hometown of Lancaster, a loyal and spirited public servant to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Attorney General Tom Reilly and, through two campaigns, served in senior roles for President Barack Obama.

Steve was most recently a co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a post President Obama asked him to fill after a two-year stint as CEO for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee – leading the most successful Presidential nominating convention ever.

For more than a decade, Steve was a trusted advisor and aide to Senator Ted Kennedy. In various roles as his political director, Massachusetts policy director and director of scheduling and advance, Steve advised the Senator on most all federal, state and political matters.

Steve has also been a Selectmen in Lancaster, a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund Board of Directors, a community advisor to the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and currently serves on the Board of Visitors for New England Baptist Hospital and as co-chair of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.


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MassEquality PAC Announces Endorsement of Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor

SteveKerriganMassEquality PAC Announces Endorsement of Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor

Kerrigan poised to become country’s first openly-gay lieutenant governor

BOSTON ─ September 18, 2014 ─ Today, the MassEquality PAC announced its endorsement of Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor:

“Steve Kerrigan’s background, experience and accomplishments as a leader on the local, state and federal levels make him the clear choice in the race for Lieutenant Governor,” said Kara Coredini, executive director of MassEquality. “Like MassEquality PAC endorsee for Governor, Martha Coakley, Kerrigan has a proven record of being the forward-looking champion we need to ensure that our Commonwealth remains a national leader on justice and equality for all.”

Kerrigan’s deep record of accomplished management and of leveraging leadership roles to advance LGBTQ issues have prepared him to lead from day one as the Commonwealth’s next Lieutenant Governor. As a former aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Kerrigan worked for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, federal legislation introduced by Senator Kennedy that would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ workers. While a Selectman in his hometown of Lancaster, Kerrigan pushed the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America to reject the ban on openly gay scout masters. As CEO of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012, Kerrigan oversaw the most LGBTQ-inclusive and welcoming political convention in the country’s history.

If elected in November, Kerrigan will become the country’s first openly gay Lieutenant Governor.


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Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, US Senators Ed Markey, and Elizabeth Warren host the Communities of Color Brunch

CoakleyWarrenMarkeyGubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, US Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren host the Communities of Color Brunch

This Sunday, Democratic candidate for Governor Martha Coakley, and US Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a special brunch for communities of color.

Would you like to attend? Click on the image to the right to sign up! The brunch will be from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Tia’s Waterfront Outdoor Cafe at 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

See you there!


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MassEquality PAC Statement on Primary Results

BOSTON ─ September 10, 2014  ─ Seventeen of the 29 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC this election season faced opponents in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Fourteen of them prevailed, including Martha Coakley for Governor and Maura Healey for Attorney General. The MassEquality PAC was the first organization to endorse Healey in the Attorney General’s race. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Coredini issued the following statement in response:

“Each of our endorsed candidates is a champion of LGBTQ equality and we are so proud of their hard work over these last weeks and months that led up to yesterday’s election. Martha Coakley and Maura Healey’s records of game-changing action and accomplishment across the full range of issues impacting LGBTQ people offer hope for the challenges that remain to be tackled, and their triumphs are victories for full LGBTQ equality. They stand poised to make history as the Commonwealth’s first elected female Governor and the country’s first openly gay Attorney General, and MassEquality’s tens of thousands of members will be working hard over the next eight weeks to drive Massachusetts toward these historic milestones whose time has come.”

“Harriette Chandler (1st Worcester), Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk), Eric Lesser (1st Hampden & Hampshire) and Barbara L’Italien (2nd Essex & Middlesex) won their state senate primaries while Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk), Dan Cullinane (12th Suffolk), Mike Day (31st Middlesex), Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex), Michelle DuBois (10th Plymouth), Gloria Fox (10th Suffolk), Mary Keefe (15th Worcester), and Steve Ultrino (33rd Middlesex) also prevailed in their bids for house seats. We also applaud Steve Kerrigan, who, if elected in November, will make history as the country’s first openly gay lieutenant governor.

“Massachusetts has emerged from Tuesday night with a promise to continue its legacy as a history-maker, and it’s imperative that supporters of fairness, inclusion and opportunity double down in the weeks ahead to make that promise real. These candidates, and many more, face challengers in November, some of whom work against equality. With the support of our tens of thousands of members throughout the state, MassEquality will continue working hard to turn Tuesday’s momentum into victories for full equality on November 4.”

The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the upcoming General Election on November 4th.

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The MassEquality PAC stands with, develops, and elects candidates who outspokenly champion justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across Massachusetts. Since 2004, the PAC has consistently researched, interviewed and endorsed pro-equality candidates for both state and local offices. The six-member board works tirelessly to ensure that these candidates have the platforms to advocate for equality for all members of the LGBTQ community.


Monday, August 18: Forum with Maura Healey on Citizens United & Hobby Lobby

HealeyYou’re invited to participate in an exciting community forum with Maura Healey, candidate for Attorney General, on Monday, August 18th, “Corporations are not people: Massachusetts leadership in the era of Citizens United & Hobby Lobby.”

Auburndale Community Library
375 Auburn St,
Auburndale, Massachusetts 02466
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Maura will be joined by Jeff Clements, President of Free Speech for People and author of the new book, Corporations are Not People. Senator Jamie Eldridge, the leading legislator on the effort to pass a constitutional amendment, will be moderating and soliciting questions from the audience.

To RSVP, please contact Margie Pullo at margie@maurahealey.com or 774-955-8145. Click here to RSVP on Facebook! 

Come participate in this forward-thinking dialogue on the role of states and state attorneys general in combating corporate personhood and learn more about Maura Healey and the progressive vision and experience she’ll bring to the Attorney General’s Office. 

The forum is cosponsored by Progressive Mass, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, JP Progressives, the MassEquality PAC, and the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts.

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