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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.

Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire

spignatelliSmitty Pignatelli (D – 4th Berkshire)

Smitty Pignatelli, currently in his seventh term in the House of Representatives, is seeking reelection in the 4th Berkshire District this year. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, as well as a member of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Higher Education, House Committee on Ways and Means , and the the House Committee on Redistricting. Pignatelli has been a vocal LGBTQ advocate, especially with his co-sponsorship of a bill to end conversion therapy efforts here in Massachusetts. MassEquality PAC is glad to endorse Smitty Pignatelli in his run for reelection.