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MassEquality PAC Announces Fourth Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

Massachusetts State HouseOn 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:

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:

“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


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.

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.