MassEquality PAC Statement on the 2016 MA Primary Results

Sep 9, 2016


Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
Twitter: @massequality


MassEquality PAC Statement on the 2016 MA Primary Results

BOSTON ─ September 9, 2016 ─Thursday’s Massachusetts Primary election brought victory to champions of LGBTQ rights, reflecting strong support for fairness and equality among voters. Of the 14 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC who faced opponents in Thursday’s Primary election, 12 of them prevailed. Thursday’s winners include first-time candidates Julian Cyr, Dylan Fernandes, Natalie Higgins, Jack Lewis, Juana Matias and Jen Migliore. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH issued the following statement in response:

“We are very proud of each of our endorsed candidates in yesterday’s Primary election, and we congratulate them on their victories. The election results were a huge win for progressive candidates and champions of LGBTQ rights, and they demonstrate that supporting equal rights for all does not lessen a candidate’s chances of being elected.We are especially pleased that openly gay candidates Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands) and Jack Lewis (7th Middlesex) won their races by strong margins, showing support among voters for LGBTQ representation on Beacon Hill.

“In addition to the six first-time candidate endorsees who won their Primary races, incumbents Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk) and Pat Jehlen (2nd Middlesex) won their State Senate primaries, while Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk), Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex), Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex) and Liz Malia (11th Suffolk) retained their House seats.

“Even as we celebrate these victories along with our endorsed candidates, we are preparing for November’s General election when our endorsees will face challengers, some of whom work against equality. With the support of our members throughout the state, MassEquality will continue working hard to turn these Primary election wins into solid victories for fairness, justice and equality on November 8th.”

The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the upcoming General Election on November 8th. For more information about our endorsed candidates, and to volunteer to support LGBTQ champions in their election campaigns, visit


The MassEquality PAC stands with, develops, and elects candidates who outspokenly champion justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across Massachusetts. Since 2004, the PAC has consistently researched, interviewed and endorsed pro-equality candidates for both state and local offices. The six-member board works tirelessly to ensure that these candidates have the platforms to advocate for equality for all members of the LGBTQ community.