The following is a press release:
Progressive Massachusetts has endorsed OUT MetroWest founder Jack Patrick Lewis for the September 8 Democratic primary in the 7th Middlesex House district.
“We looked at primaries across the state to find races with clear progressive champions running, and Jack Patrick Lewis stood out because of his impressive background in social justice advocacy and passionate commitment to advancing a progressive agenda in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has often been a leader in the US in public education, health care reform, and environmental action, and Jack Patrick Lewis will help Massachusetts stay at the forefront,” said board president Susan Davidoff.
Davidoff said that the organization asked all candidates seeking an endorsement to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire covering issues of revenue/taxation, economic development, education, healthcare, housing, good government, social and racial justice, and sustainable infrastructure. The questionnaires were made available for review, and the Progressive Massachusetts membership voted on whom to endorse. According to Davidoff, the support for Lewis was “overwhelming.”
“Jack Lewis has a bold and inclusive vision for Massachusetts and understands that we thrive as a state when we work together. We need more people like Lewis in the State House who recognize the vital importance of movements to advancing progress, from Black Lives Matter to the Fight for $15,” said Framingham resident Dhruba Sen.
The 7th Middlesex District, which covers all 5 Ashland precincts and 6 Framingham precincts, is currently represented by Tom Sannicandro, who will be retiring.
Progressive Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots organization working towards a future of equal opportunity, social and economic justice, consumer and environmental protection, health care as a right, equal access to quality public services, respect for all residents, and accountable and transparent government. It was founded 5 years ago by local organizers from the Patrick and Obama campaigns in order to continue to move forward progressive values and issues in Massachusetts. In addition to electoral organizing, Progressive Mass engages in issue advocacy, such as with the Fight for $15, the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign for the Fair Share amendment, and the push to enact paid family and medical leave.
The state legislative primary is Thursday, September 8.