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BOSTON – Today, August 15, Mayor Kim Driscoll’s commanding lead in the race for Lieutenant Governor continues to grow with the endorsement of former Boston Mayor Kim Janey.
In her endorsement, Mayor Janey said: “Mayor Driscoll has been a transformational leader for the City of Salem. Moreover, she has been a leader among mayors across this Commonwealth, particularly in the wake of unprecedented challenges like the COVID-19 response and recovery. Kim understands accountability because of the real and direct impact that Mayors have on the lives of the people we serve. Kim puts people first and I know she will be a champion for cities and towns as Lieutenant Governor. I am proud to support her in this race.”
“I am grateful for the support of former Mayor Kim Janey and was proud to work alongside her during her time of historic leadership in the City of Boston. She calls upon her decades of experience as a community advocate and leads by putting people first — especially during the pandemic,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Mayor Janey made real progress helping renters to stay in their homes and tackling police reforms during incredibly challenging times. Mayors have to face the challenges head-on and deliver results not years down the road, but right away — when people need you the most. I am honored by the support that I have received from Mayors in cities big and small, in every corner of Massachusetts.”
Of the overwhelming support from Mayors across the Commonwealth, Mayor Driscoll noted: “The critical issues we face, from education to housing to climate change, require action at the local level. I understand this relationship and I could not be more proud to receive the support of my mayor colleagues in the ‘Get Stuff Done’ wing of government. Our local leaders are championing what’s happening on the ground so Massachusetts can tackle the affordable housing crisis, work on early education and child care, and take on the climate crisis. We know there is work to do and I will use my experience to partner with Maura Healey as our next Governor to improve the quality of life in the places where we live, work and play.”
This support builds on the wide coalition of support Mayor Driscoll continues to earn across Massachusetts from her proven track record as Mayor of Salem for over 16 years. To date, Mayor Driscoll has over 250 public endorsers that include current and former elected officials across Massachusetts, labor unions, national leaders such as Barbara Lee, and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. These endorsements also follow Driscoll’s resounding endorsement at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Worcester this past June, where she secured over 41% of support in a crowded five-way race.
Driscoll is Salem’s 50th Mayor, the first woman to serve in the role, and has been reelected five times with significant margins for the job. Kim’s career includes work in Chelsea, serving as Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy City Manager, working to rebuild the city as it came out of receivership by helping to usher in inclusivity, equity, and accountability. In 2003, just three years into her Salem City Council term, Kim knew her hometown deserved new leadership and transparency in City Hall. She won a tough, three-way race in 2005, and since then, Kim has led on issues that matter most to our neighborhoods – COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, improving the city’s public schools as Chairwoman of the School Committee, supporting housing affordability, boosting economic empowerment by supporting small businesses, leading on climate action and resiliency in a historic seaside community, and a commitment to racial equity and inclusion at a time of national upheaval. As a proud member of the “Get Stuff Done” wing of government, Kim has exemplified great leadership for Salem, our region, and our Commonwealth. She is now running for Lieutenant Governor to bring that effective, equitable, and visionary leadership to Beacon Hill and empower cities and towns across Massachusetts. You can learn more about Kim Driscoll and her campaign by visiting KimDriscoll.org.