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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!

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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.


Tim Toomey, 26th Middlesex

TimToomeyTim Toomey (D — 26th Middlesex)

A longtime public servant, Tim Toomey was first elected to office in 1985. He spent the last 23 years serving concurrently as the State Representative for the 26th Middlesex District and as a City Councilor in Cambridge. He carries with him a long record of support for LGBTQ rights, including being a co-sponsor of the first Massachusetts transgender equal rights bill and a long-standing supporter of marriage equality. He has also worked on legislation supporting immigrants, expanding transportation, protecting the environment and fighting the opioid crisis, as well as gun control, health care reform, affordable public housing, equal pay for women, and criminal justice reform that addresses disproportional impacts on people of color and poor people. With the work he’s done in his long standing career, MassEquality PAC is thrilled to endorse Tim Toomey in the upcoming election.