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Massachusetts Votes for Fairness and Equality

Election Night 2018 Brings Victory for LGBTQ Champions in Massachusetts
Massachusetts State HouseAmong the gains in the 2018 mid-term elections on November 6th, a majority of the candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC won their races, increasing the number of pro-LGBTQ legislators in the State House.

Our winning challengers for 2018 are Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Tami Gouveia, Kathy LaNatra, David LeBoeuf, Christina Minicucci, Tram Nguyen, Becca Rausch and Maria Robinson.

Endorsed incumbents who won their races are Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Marjorie Decker, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Attorney General Maura Healey, Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Jack Lewis, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Liz Malia.

In a statement released on Wednesday, MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields said, “MassEquality is proud of all of our endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s election, and we congratulate the winners on their victories. Each one ran their campaign on the principles of fairness and equality, and the election results demonstrate overwhelming support for these values among Massachusetts voters.”

The Massachusetts LGBTQ community scored some major victories with MassEquality’s endorsed candidates. Among these wins are Tram Nguyen’s defeat of anti-LGBTQ Rep. Jim Lyons, Rep. Natalie Higgins win in a tough re-election race in a conservative district, and openly LGBTQ incumbents Attorney General Maura Healey, Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Jack Lewis and Rep. Liz Malia winning their races by strong margins. We’re also pleased to welcome Jo Comerford as the latest openly LGBTQ state Senator in Massachusetts.

MassEquality looks forward to working with the winning candidates during the upcoming legislative session. These electoral victories, along with the historic vote on Question 3 to uphold transgender nondiscrimination protections, are proof that Massachusetts supports fairness, justice and equality for all.


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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.


Massachusetts Votes for Fairness and Equality

MassEquality celebrates LGBTQ victories in yesterday’s election

A total of 20 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC successfully won their races in yesterday’s general election, increasing the number of pro-LGBTQ legislators in the State House. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH issued the following statement in response:

“We’re pleased to announce that 15 MassEquality PAC-endorsed incumbents kept their seats in the Legislature, despite an inflammatory smear campaign launched by anti-LGBTQ conservatives targeting legislators who voted for the Transgender Anti-Discrimination law. In fact, all of the candidates who were targeted won their races. These victories send the clear message that negative campaigns based on fear-mongering and deception are ineffective when it comes to swaying Massachusetts voters.

“The PAC also endorsed five pro-LGBTQ challengers who won their races against incumbents, including two openly gay candidates. These victories increase the number of LGBTQ supporters on Beacon Hill, giving us more strong allies in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.

“We congratulate our winning candidates, and we look forward to working with them in the State House. These victories are proof that Massachusetts supports fairness and equality for all, and that taking a strong stand for LGBTQ rights is valued by voters in the Commonwealth.”


Winning MassEquality PAC-Endorsed Candidates – November 9, 2016

Governor’s Council

Eileen Duff (5th Governor’s Council)

MA Senate

Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (Middlesex & Worcester)
Senator Eric Lesser (1st Hampden & Hampshire)
Senator Jason Lewis (5th Middlesex)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (2nd Essex & Middlesex)
Senator Stan Rosenberg (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester)

MA House

Representative Cory Atkins (14th Middlesex)
Representative Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
Representative Mike Day (31st Middlesex)
Representative Dan Donahue (16th Worcester)
Dylan Fernandes (Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket)
Representative Ken Gordon (21st Middlesex)
Representative Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)
Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex)
Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)
Joan Meschino (3rd Plymouth)
Representative Denise Provost (27th Middlesex)
Representative Tom Stanley (9th Middlesex)


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New! Updated Voter Guide for the MA General Election

The MassEquality PAC has updated its 2-page voter guide listing our endorsed candidates for the 2016 House and Senate races in Massachusetts to reflect the results of the September 8th Primary election. Please click the image below to download and print this handy guide and take it to the polls with you on Tuesday, November 8th!

MassEquality General Election Voting Guide 2016


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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!


Natalie Higgins, 4th Worcester

Natalie Higgins (D – 4th Worcester)

Natalie Higgins, a lifelong Leominster resident, is running for State Representative of the 4th Worcester District. After graduating from UMass Amherst with degrees in political science and Spanish, Natalie attended Northeastern University School of Law, worked in the former Governor Patrick’s office, and now serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors after years of service at Pathways for Change, a Worcester-based rape crisis center. She is also the Executive Director of PHENOM, the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, where she advocates for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education. As a supporter of LGBTQ rights, Natalie has pledged to fight for LGBTQ equality on Beacon Hill and has experience advocating for many vulnerable groups in the community, including elders, people living with HIV/AIDS, and survivors of sexual/domestic violence. MassEquality PAC is thrilled to endorse Natalie in her campaign in the 4th Worcester District.