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MassEquality Statement on the Results of the 2018 Massachusetts Primary Election

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.


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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.


John Drinkwater – 1st Middlesex

John Drinkwater Campaign Web Site

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.


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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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MassEquality PAC Announces 3rd Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

Massachusetts State HouseOn August 1, 2018, the MassEquality PAC announced its third round of endorsements for the 2018 Massachusetts legislative races.

First-time candidates for state Senate endorsed by MassEquality PAC in this round include:

“We’re proud to endorse all three of these challengers in their state Senate races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Becca Rausch is a dedicated, progressive community leader, and Jo and Amaad are open and proud members of the LGBTQ community. We know they will be strong champions of LGBTQ rights on Beacon Hill.”

MassEquality PAC has also endorsed incumbent state Representatives Liz Malia (11th Suffolk) and Jeffrey Sánchez (15th Suffolk) 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 in the State House.”

For more information on the candidates and the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please visit our Endorsement Information page.


Jo Comerford – Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester

Jo ComerfordJo Comerford Campaign Web Site

An experienced advocate on the local, state, and national levels, Jo Comerford has a long history of engagement with progressive issues. Most recently, she has worked as a Campaign Director for MoveOn, and previously served on the executive staff of several regional advocacy and aid organizations, including Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. As an openly lesbian candidate, Jo has taken strong public stands on LGBTQ rights issues, including transgender equality and ending conversion therapy. The MassEquality PAC is excited to endorse Jo as a write-in candidate for Senator.

 


Becca Rausch – Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

Becca RauschBecca Rausch Campaign Web Site

An attorney in both the public and private sectors, educator, union steward, community leader and Needham Town Meeting Member, Becca Rausch has a long history of leadership and advocacy. Becca has made a life-long commitment to fighting for social justice, including LGBTQ rights. Her platform includes protecting transgender equality, among other civil rights and progressive issues. Becca has both the skills and experience to be a strong champion for equality on Beacon Hill. The MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse her election campaign.