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MassEquality PAC Congratulates Endorsed Candidates

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[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.”

 

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[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!
First-Time Candidates:

  • 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)

Incumbents:

  • 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)

 

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[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!

Are you interested in supporting the work of the MassEquality PAC and electing pro-LGBTQ candidates to office? Click here to support the MassEquality PAC.

Mark Your Calendar: The General Election is
Tuesday, November 8th—Don’t Forget to VOTE!


Don’t Forget: Primary Day is Thursday, Sept. 8th!

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MassEquality is committed to helping pro-equality candidates wins seats in both the House and and Senate. The Commonwealth needs more elected officials that are willing to make championing LGBTQ rights a priority.

Below is our list of candidates that will be on the ballot for the primary on Thursday, September 8th.

Newcomers Running for State Senate

Julian Cyr – Cape and Islands District
Primary Opponent: Sheila Lyons

Nora Harrington – Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth District
Primary Opponent: Walter Timilty

Newcomers Running for State Representative

Natalie Higgins – 4th Worcester District
Primary Opponent: Richard M. Marchand

Jack Patrick Lewis – 7th Middlesex District
Primary Opponents: Phil Jack, Brett Walker

Juana Matias –  16th Essex District
Primary Opponent: Marcos Devers

Jen Migliore – 9th Essex District
Primary Opponent: Saritin Rizzuto

Senate and House Incumbents

Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz – 2nd Suffolk District
Primary Opponent: Roy Owens

Sen. Pat Jehlen – 2nd Middlesex District
Primary Opponent: Leland Cheung

Rep. Evandro Carvalho – 5th Suffolk District
Primary Opponent: Melinda Stewart

Rep. Marjorie Decker – 25th Middlesex District
Primary Opponent: Lesley R. Phillips

Rep. Danielle Gregoire – 4th Middlesex District
Primary Opponent: Michael H. Ossing

Rep. Liz Malia – 11th Suffolk District
Primary Opponent: Charles L. Clemons Jr.

Rep. Thomas Stanley – 9th Middlesex District
Primary Opponent: Stacey Tully

Rep. Tim Toomey – 26th Middlesex District
Primary Opponent: Michael Connolly

Don’t forget… The last day to register to vote in the Primary is August 19th!

Are you interested in supporting the work of the MassEquality PAC and electing pro-LGBTQ candidates to office? Click here to support the MassEquality PAC.

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!


MassEquality PAC Announces Next Round of 2016 Legislative Endorsements

The MassEquality PAC has officially announced its second round of endorsements for the 2016 Massachusetts legislative races.

First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include:

Senate: Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
House: Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex)
Juana Matias (16th Essex)
Jen Migliore (9th Essex)

“We are proud to endorse these first-time candidates in their races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “We are confident that they will stand out as champions of LGBTQ rights and fight to end discrimination and hate in the Commonwealth.”

Senate incumbent endorsees include:
Senator William Brownsberger (2nd Suffolk & Middlesex)
Senator Harriette Chandler (1st Worcester)

House incumbent endorsees include:
Representative Paul Brodeur (32nd Middlesex)
Representative Robert DeLeo (19th Suffolk)
Representative David Linsky (5th Middlesex)
Representative Smitty Pignatelli (4th Berkshire)
Representative John Scibak (2nd Hampshire)
Representative Tom Stanley (9th Middlesex)
Representative Tim Toomey (26th Middlesex)

“These incumbents have proven themselves as effective and strong supporters of LGBTQ rights on Beacon Hill and in their districts,” Ms. Shields added. “We are pleased to endorse them in their re-election campaigns, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the State House on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.”

For more information about our endorsement process and criteria, please click here.


Juana Matias (16th Essex)

Juana Matias (D – 16th Essex)

A long-time resident of Lawrence, Juana Matias is dedicated to creating positive change in her community. She served as an intern for Governor Deval Patrick, where she helped plan internal/external events and public relations matters. During her time as a social worker and as an immigration advocate, she represented unaccompanied minors and advocated for children who had suffered abuse and neglect. An advocate for an increase in the minimum wage and more accessibility in higher education, Juana will work towards the betterment of her community. MassEquality PAC is proud to endorse Juana in her election campaign.