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MassEquality Voter Guides: Endorsed Candidates and Voting While LGBTQ+

MassEquality has created two new voter guides to help members of the LGBTQ community navigate the voting system and to remind voters of our 2018 endorsed candidates. The MassEquality PAC Endorsements flyer is your reference guide to all of our endorsed LGBTQ champions, and the MassEquality Guide to Voting While LGBTQ+ provides important information about how Massachusetts’ voting laws affect LGBTQ people.

We’ve added images and links to these flyers in the sidebar on this web site that you can click to download these guides (PDF files – Endorsement flyer is 2 pages) so you can take them with you when you go to vote.

Additional candidate endorsements will be announced as the election season continues, and the Endorsements flyer will be updated to reflect new candidate endorsements and the results of the Primaries on September 4th.

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Mike Connolly – 26th Middlesex

Mike Connolly Campaign Web Site

Photo of Mike ConnollyMike Connolly is an attorney, a community organizer, and a strong progressive Democrat running for re-election as State Representative in Cambridge and Somerville. Mike supports investments in affordable housing, public transportation, early education, healthcare, after-school programs, and other critical services in his district and across the Commonwealth. He is also deeply engaged with issues related to economic justice, criminal justice reform, and fairness and equality for all. MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse his re-election campaign.

Josh Zakim – Secretary of State

Josh Zakim Campaign Web Site

Photo of Josh ZakimJosh Zakim is an attorney and community activist running for Massachusetts Secretary of State. He was elected to the Boston City Council in 2013, and currently serves as the chair of the City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights. During his first term on the Council, Josh created the Boston Trust Act, which worked on improving trust and cooperation between immigrant communities and law enforcement, and convened hearings to address the unique challenges that LGBTQ seniors face in finding affordable and welcoming housing. He has also advocated for easier access for voting registration, and after Trump was elected, he led the Council in passing a resolution in support of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Josh is currently a member of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, and a board member of the Lenny Zakim Fund.

Matthew Crescenzo – 9th Essex

Matthew Crescenzo Campaign Web Site

Photo of Matthew CrescenzoA Democrat running for State Representative of the 9th Essex District, Matt attended Salem University after serving time in the military. He joined the Army after high school, and was stationed in South Korea. Later in his military career, he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he worked as a security officer to visiting dignitaries and high-ranking Army leadership. Matt’s campaign focuses on creating a living wage, combating the opioid epidemic, and creating equal opportunities for all. MassEquality PAC is honored to endorse Matt’s candidacy for state Representative.

Allison Gustavson – 4th Essex

Allison Gustavson Campaign Web Site

Photo of Allison GustavsonA Democrat running for State Representative, Allison is a former elementary school teacher whose training focused on international and multicultural education. She spent a year teaching sixth grade in Egypt, and returned to her community enriched by that experience. She has managed a commercial office building in Peabody for the last ten years. Allison is personally familiar with the impact of the recession on small businesses, and how struggles with health can be detrimental to a person’s livelihood. Allison serves on the Manchester Council on Aging, believing that when children and seniors have the opportunity to get together, both sides learn something from the experience. She is also the founder and leader of Essex County #6 Indivisible, an organization of concerned local citizens involved in creating positive change through grassroots political action. MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse her for Representative of the 4th Essex district.

Tami Gouveia – 14th Middlesex

Tami Gouveia Campaign Web Site

Photo of Tami GouveiaTami Gouveia is a Democrat running for the 14th Middlesex State Representative seat. She has spent the past 15 years as a public health leader, working to protect people from addiction and the opioid crisis. Tami has served as the Director of Programs at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, founded the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, and served as the Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass. These jobs have given her opportunities to collaborate with parents, youth, local leaders and business leaders, and workers to create a healthier, more fair place for the people of Massachusetts. In 2016, she made history by founding the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. Tami currently works as the Project Director at Rethink Health/The Rippel Foundation. MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse Tami in her race.

Maria Robinson – 6th Middlesex

Maria Robinson Campaign Web Site

Photo of Maria RobinsonMaria Robinson is a Democrat running for State Representative in the 6th Middlesex District. She is an advocate for clean energy, and has helped state policymakers and public officials address climate change. She also serves on the board of the Framingham Public Library Foundation and is a member of the Framingham Democratic Town Committee. Maria has taken a public stand for LGBTQ rights in her platform, including her support of the Yes on 3 campaign to maintain Massachusetts’ transgender anti-discrimination law. Maria is the mother of two children adopted from foster care, which has taught her the importance of advocating for families and for creating safe environments for children to learn and grow. MassEquality PAC is excited to endorse Maria in her write-in campaign.