[L-R: Jack Lewis, Juana Matias, Natalie Higgins, Rep. Danielle Gregoire]
Thursday’s Massachusetts Primary election was a busy and exciting one for us here at MassEquality. Of the 14 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC who faced opponents in the September 8th Primary, 12 of them won against their opponents. The election results are a clear victory, not only for the candidates, but also for the LGBTQ community in Massachusetts. Our thanks go out to everyone who volunteered, phone banked, knocked on doors in neighborhoods, and most importantly, voted for these committed LGBTQ rights champions! Your hard work and support helped make these victories happen.
“We are very proud of each of our endorsed candidates in yesterday’s Primary election, and we congratulate them on their victories,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “The election results were a huge win for progressive candidates and champions of LGBTQ rights, and they demonstrate that supporting equal rights for all does not lessen a candidate’s chances of being elected. We are especially pleased that openly gay candidates Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands) and Jack Lewis (7th Middlesex) won their races by strong margins, showing support among voters for LGBTQ representation on Beacon Hill.”
[L-R: Jen Migliore, Rep. Liz Malia, Rep. Evandro Carvalho, Julian Cyr]
“Even as we celebrate these victories along with our endorsed candidates, we are preparing for November’s General election when more of our endorsees will face challengers, some of whom work against equality,” Ms. Shields continued. “With the support of our members throughout the state, MassEquality will continue working hard to turn these Primary election wins into solid victories for fairness, justice and equality on November 8th.”
Congratulations to Thursday’s winners!
- Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
- Dylan Fernandes (Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket)
- Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)
- Jack Lewis (7th Middlesex)
- Juana Matias (16th Essex)
- Jen Migliore (9th Essex)
- Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk)
- Sen. Pat Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
- Rep. Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
- Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
- Rep. Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
- Rep. Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)
[L-R: Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Marjorie Decker, Dylan Fernandes, Sen. Pat Jehlen]
The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the upcoming General Election on November 8th.
As Deborah Shields said above, many of our candidates will have serious competition in the General Election, some of whom oppose LGBTQ rights. This means that we’ll need your help more than ever to keep our LGBTQ champions in the State House.
Would you like to volunteer to support a pro-equality candidate in your local area? Sign up with our Volunteer Team, and we’ll get you connected with a campaign near you!
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