Chris Tribou is an engaged and dedicated community leader, with experience serving as a Town Meeting representative and member of Billerica’s local Planning Board and other town committees. His leadership experience, knowledge of local issues, strong values and dedication to fairness and equality for all make him an excellent choice to represent his district on Beacon Hill. Chris stands against injustice, and will fight for the LGBTQ community in the State House. The MassEquality PAC is proud to endorse his campaign for Representative of the 22nd Middlesex district.
The MassEquality PAC celebrates Tuesday’s primary wins by its endorsed candidates, including two openly LGBTQ people. The PAC’s winners include first-time contenders Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Tami Gouveia, Becca Rausch and Maria Robinson as well as incumbents Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Liz Malia. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH issued the following statement in response:
“We are very proud of all of our endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s primary election, and we congratulate the winners on their victories. Each one ran a strong campaign on platforms rooted in fairness and equality, and the election results demonstrate overwhelming support for these values among voters. Not only do we have the inspiring success of Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts, we have a wealth of new progressive women making their way to the State House.
“Even as we celebrate these victories along with our endorsed candidates, we are preparing for November’s general election, when our endorsees will face challengers, some of whom strongly oppose LGBTQ rights. We are also working hard alongside our partners in the Yes on 3 Campaign to defend the current law protecting our transgender friends and neighbors from discrimination in public spaces. 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 in November.”
The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the general election on November 6th. For more information about our endorsed candidates, and to volunteer to support LGBTQ champions in their election campaigns, visit http://www.MassEqualityPAC.org.
A dedicated community activist, Marie McCourt has been an advocate since her early twenties. She has been involved with several organizations that serve struggling families in her district, and was elected to the Granby School Committee for two terms, and served as chair of the Democratic Town Committee for 5 years. Marie’s experiences with community service fueled her interest in advocacy and politics. Trained as an educator, Marie is committed to working for the under-served, the at-risk, and the most vulnerable people in her district and across the Commonwealth. MassEquality PAC is excited to endorse her campaign.
On August 24, 2018, the MassEquality PAC announced its fourth round of endorsements for the 2018 Massachusetts legislative races.
First-time candidates for state Representative endorsed by MassEquality PAC in this round include:
- Matthew Crescenzo (9th Essex)
- Mindy Domb (3rd Hampshire)
- Tami Gouveia (14th Middlesex)
- Allison Gustavson (4th Essex)
- Kevin Higgins (7th Plymouth)
- Maria Robinson – Write-in candidate (6th Middlesex)
The PAC has also endorsed John Drinkwater, who is running for former state Senator Eileen Donoghue’s seat in the 1st Middlesex district.
“We’re proud to support these outstanding champions of LGBTQ rights in their races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “We look forward to working with these dedicated and effective advocates in the State House.”
MassEquality PAC has also endorsed the following incumbent state Representatives in their re-election campaigns:
- Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex)
- Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
- Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)
- Byron Rushing (9th Suffolk)
“These incumbent candidates have a long and well-established record of supporting LGBTQ rights,” Ms. Shields added. “We are pleased to endorse them for re-election, and look forward to continuing our work with them on legislation vital to our community.”
In addition, the PAC has endorsed Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim for Secretary of State. “Josh Zakim’s commitment to progressive values ensures that he will be a great champion of equality and fairness in the Commonwealth as Secretary of State,” Shields commented.
For more information on the candidates and the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please visit www.massequalitypac.org.
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.
John Drinkwater is a Tewksbury native who is running for State Senate to advocate for Massachusetts kids and the working people in his district. He has been the legislative director for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO since 2014, having worked for the union since he was an intern in 2006. John is focusing his campaign on combating the opiate crisis, increasing job training and apprenticeship programs, and improving public education by addressing school quality and making higher education more affordable. He is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights, and led the charge at the AFL-CIO to endorse the Transgender Anti-Discrimination law. MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse John in this race.
Kevin Higgins is a committed public servant who has dedicated himself to advocacy, community outreach, and non-profit work. A young, progressive candidate for State Representative, he has advocated for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and working families living in the South Shore of Massachusetts throughout his career. Kevin is engaged with issues that impact the LGBTQ community, and is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights and equality. MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse Kevin’s campaign.
A progressive Democrat running for State Representative, Mindy Domb has lived in Amherst for 20 years and has dedicated her life to public service. Since 2013, she has served as the Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, which connects residents in Amherst and surrounding towns to food, clothing, healthcare, wellness, and assistance. Mindy directed a training program for health and human service providers to learn how to support LGBTQ youth. A co-founder of the Berkshire AIDS Coalition, she has also served as the Department of Public Health’s regional coordinator of its HIV testing program, and founded Massachusetts’ first jail-based HIV education program. She founded Make It Better Amherst in 2010, which is a social network of allies that formed in response to the suicide epidemic LGBTQ teens were facing. MassEquality PAC is proud to endorse Mindy in her campaign.