Women's Political Caucus Releases Endorsements for Election 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee has endorsed a long list of women seeking local state political office across the state.
These endorsements come as more women are seeking the support of the MWPC, whose mission is to "recruit, train and elect" women to political office. This year's endorsements include races for state representative, state Senate and district attorney.
"We are pleased to endorse a group of terrific women candidates who are highly qualified and committed to making positive changes in districts across Massachusetts," said Laurie Martinelli, executive director, in a statement. "This is a watershed year for the caucus in many respects, and through these endorsements for offices statewide we are seeing this women’s movement unfolding right in front of our eyes."
The MWPC PAC endorsements yielded major successes last year, as 29 of the 36 candidates endorsed in the fall 2017 municipal elections won their races. The caucus hopes to continue on this successful trajectory by providing candidates with a myriad of resources and tools needed to compete and win, including communications and social media support, volunteer recruitment, and voter outreach.
In Western Massachusetts, the MWPC PAC is endorsing:
Representatives to the Massachusetts General Court:
Natalie Blais: First Franklin District
Experienced public servant and longtime Western Massachusetts resident Blais is currently the executive director of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and has served as a congressional aide to U.S. Reps. John Olver and Jim McGovern.
Tanya Neslusan: First Hampden District
Local activist and Central Massachusetts native Neslusan is the president of the Sturbridge Regional Huddle. She also currently serves as secretary of the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee and is a member of the Planning Committee of the Worcester Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice.
Allison Werder: Second Hampden District
Community leader and Longmeadow resident Werder is the co-founder of Women Innovators and Trailblazers (WIT), which supports female-led startups in Western Mass. She also serves as a board member of the Center for Human Development, the region's largest provider of social services, and as chairman of the Homefield Committee for the Western Mass Economic Development Council.
Lindsay Sabadosa: First Hampshire District
Legal and financial translator Sabadosa currently is a board member of Emerge Massachusetts and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. A Pioneer Valley native, she is director of the Pioneer Valley Women's March.
Marie McCourt: Second Hampshire District
Activist and public servant McCourt has experience with both local and national advocacy. A Granby resident, she is a graduate of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) and is currently the assistant program director for grant-funded after-school programs.
Mindy Domb: Third Hampshire District
Community organizer and longtime Amherst resident Domb has led statewide education initiatives around issues of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and overdose prevention. She is the founder of Make It Better Amherst, which supports LGBTQ youth, and formerly worked as a congressional aide for New York's late U.S. Rep. Ted Weiss.
Senators to the Massachusetts General Court
Chelsea Kline: Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester
Progressive activist, higher education leader, and Northampton resident, Kline serves as a member of the advisory council for the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), as well as the Hampshire & Franklin County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Andrea Harrington: Berkshire County
Lawyer and Berkshires-raised resident Harrington is a Richmond School Committee member and a co-founder of
the Berkshire Committee of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. Harrington was the first person in her family to attend college and has more than 15 years of experience practicing law.
The MWPC PAC has also endorsing the following women running in other contests:
Senators to the Massachusetts General Court:
Samantha Hammar: 5th Middlesex District
Katie McBrine: Plymouth & Norfolk District
Becca Rausch: Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District
Representatives to the Massachusetts General Court:
Gerly Adrien: 28th Middlesex District (Everett)
Michelle Ciccolo: 15th Middlesex District (Woburn, Lexington)
Nika Elugardo: 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District (Boston, Brookline)
Tami Gouveia: 14th Middlesex District (Acton, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord)
Sabrina Heisey: 36th Middlesex District (Dracut, Tyngsborough)
Sarah Hewins: 2nd Plymouth District (Carver, Middleborough, Wareham)
Anne Landry: 30th Middlesex District (Reading, Woburn)
Lori Lennon: 23rd Middlesex District (Arlington, Medford)
Liz Miranda: 5th Suffolk District (Boston)
Gretchen Van Ness: 14th Suffolk District (Boston)
Rachael Rollins: Suffolk County
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee (PAC) is a non-partisan organization that recruits, trains and elects qualified, pro-choice women to achieve political parity by increasing the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions, as well as increasing the involvement of women of all ages in the political process. Visit www.mwpc.org/
to learn more.
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