BOSTON, August 10, 2010 —The MassEquality Political Action Committee today announced its second round of endorsements for the 2010 Massachusetts legislative elections.
“We have a real opportunity to elect pro-equality legislators to seats now held by anti-equality lawmakers,” said Dee Dee Edmondson, chair of the MassEquality PAC. “Nearly half of the seats in the Massachusetts state legislature are in play and it is critical that we elect pro-equality lawmakers to maintain our 151 super-majority in the state legislature.”
Endorsements were made on the basis of several criteria, including the candidate’s support for the Transgender Civil Rights Bill, which will extend employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes protections to transgender residents of Massachusetts, as well as the candidate’s support for an Equality Agenda that includes the preservation of marriage equality in Massachusetts and robust public funding for LGBT programs and services.
The following candidates for office have earned MassEquality’s endorsement in the Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 primary:
- Karen Payne, challenger running for the Sixth Suffolk representative district (Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Roslindale). Payne is President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP.
- Dan Wolf, challenger running for the Cape and Islands state representative seat. Wolf is CEO of Cape Air.
- Eileen Donoghue, challenger running for the First Middlesex senate district (Lowell, Westford, Groton, Dunstable, Pepperell, and Tyngsborough). Donoghue is the former mayor of Lowell.
- Josh Cutler, challenger running for the Sixth Plymouth representative district (Pembroke, Duxbury, Hanson, and Halifax). Cutler resigned as editor of the Duxbury Clipper to run.
- Mark McGonagle, challenger running for the Fourth Suffolk representative district (South Boston and Dorchester). McGonagle is a Boston Public Health Commission youth worker.
- Patrick Gerry, challenger running for the Second Worcester representative district (Ashburnham, Ashby, Gardner, Royalston, Winchendon). Gerry is asmall business owner and Gardner city councilor.
- State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, running for reelection to the Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex senate district (Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville). DiDomenico won a special election to the seat in April.
MassEquality works to achieve full equality for the LGBT Community. We're protecting marriage equality and promoting a full Equality Agenda in Massachusetts and supporting other states in winning marriage equality.