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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 www.massequalitypac.org.

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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.


Byron Rushing – 9th Suffolk

Representative Byron RushingByron Rushing Campaign Web Site

Representative Byron Rushing, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1982, is seeking re-election this year in the 9th Suffolk District. Throughout his time in office, Rushing has constantly shown his support of and dedication to LGBTQ issues. He was an original sponsor of the Gay Rights bill, chief sponsor of the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools, lead sponsor of the 2012 Transgender Equal Rights law, and co-sponsor of the Transgender Anti-Discrimination law passed in 2016. In addition to his work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, he has been an advocate for women’s reproductive health choices and a leader on racial justice issues. MassEquality PAC is thrilled to support him in his re-election campaign.