December 2012 Archives

Jason Lewis

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Massachusetts House
31st Middlesex
Result: Won


jlewis Jason was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 2008. He is the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, and also serves on the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, and Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. Jason has been a strong advocate for progressive causes such as adequate and equitable funding for public education, more affordable healthcare for families and small businesses, transparent and accountable government, and advancing human and civil rights.


Jason.Lewis@mahouse.gov

Barbara L'Italien

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Massachusetts House
18th Essex
Result: Loss


blitalien Barbara served in the MA House of Representatives from 2003-2011, after working mainly in elderly services as a social worker. Barbara has shown a strong commitment to meeting the needs of families, children and the elderly in her community. From 2009-2010 she served as the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, gaining a statewide perspective for drafting the Massachusetts budget. After serving in the House, she served as Director of Government Affairs for State Treasurer Steven Grossman, where she did extensive work for small businesses, forming the Small Business Banking Partnership. Barbara also serves as Chair of the Autism Commission, where she is working alongside parents, medical professionals and teachers to draft a ten-year plan to better serve people with autism. Though her strong grassroots campaign came up just short, Barbara is positioned to continue serving her district in many capacities.


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James O'Day

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Massachusetts House
14th Worcester
Result: Won


joday Jim was first elected to the House in 2007 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Jim O'Day has worked with community leaders and organizations in efforts to support issues such as family-and-youth-focused development programs, including job training and summer job opportunities for youth in the city of Worcester; accessible, affordable and quality early and higher education for all; addressing and closing health disparities; comprehensive education in schools, teen pregnancy prevention as well as young-parent support programs. He continues to fight for progressive legislation, especially that which protects at-risk youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities.


James.ODay@mahouse.gov

Denise Provost

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Massachusetts House
27th Middlesex
Result: Won


dprovost Denise has served the City of Somerville in many capacities over the last twenty years. For decades, she worked as a neighborhood activist, parent, and attorney in private practice. She was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in Somerville in 1999, and in January 2006, Denise Provost was elected as State Representative for the 27th Middlesex District, which embraces the heart of the City of Somerville. She has championed legislation in her years that increased access to education, protected funding for seniors, and protected clean water, among a myriad of other progressive bills.


Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov

Dave Rogers

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Massachusetts House
24th Middlesex
Result: Won


drogers Dave is a progressive Democrat from North Cambridge and was a first-time candidate for State Representative in the 24th Middlesex, including parts of Arlington and North Cambridge and all of Belmont. He has a lifelong commitment to public service and engagement with key public policy issues and before serving in the House, he worked at the EPA prosecuting polluters, at the White House on Hilary Clinton's Task Force for Healthcare Reform, and for Eva Clayton, the first African-American legislator from the Carolinas since Reconstruction. For the past 15 years, he has been a lawyer here in Massachusetts, at a green technology company, a biotechnology company, and now an international manufacturing company that keeps their main plant and over 600 living wage jobs in the state. As a representative, Dave has backed legislation concerning school literacy, public health, and sustainability.


Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov

Tom Sannicandro

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Massachusetts House
7th Middlesex
Result: Won


tsannicandro.jpg Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Rep. Tom Sannicandro, who represents Framingham and Ashland in the Massachusetts Legislature. A member of the house for over six years, Tom has been a passionate advocate for all education from pre-Kindergarten to College and is now Chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. He successfully worked to change the Chapter 70 Education Formula, which has brought millions of dollars in local aid to fund the education system, as well as the police and fire departments. He has implemented a wiki page in which all constituents can share their thoughts and hopes for the future of Massachusetts.


Tom.Sannichandro@mahouse.gov
TomWorksForUs.com

Carl Sciortino

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Massachusetts House
34th Middlesex
Result: Won


csciortino.jpg Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Rep. Carl Sciortino, who represents neighborhoods in Medford and Somerville. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, Carl is deeply committed to working for the families in his community, and has done so by passing legislation to create 95 new units for senior housing, securing thousands of dollars for the cleanup of Foster Park, and working towards the improvement of senior transportation. He passed amendments to the state budget which increased funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), and Hepatitis-C prevention and treatment programs. Carl also helped pass and worked to override Governor Romney's veto on legislation which increased the minimum wage to the highest in the nation at $8.00/hour. Carl supported an amendment to the state's constitution which would make health care for all a constitutionally guaranteed right and helped pass a landmark bill that makes affordable, quality insurance accessible to 95% to the state's 500,000 uninsured residents. As one of the few members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender community serving in the Massachusetts general court and as an avid civil rights proponent, Carl has also taken on a leadership role in opposing a constitutional amendment which would outlaw same sex marriage, and is also the lead sponsor of legislation to extend civil rights protections to transgender individuals.


Carl.Sciortino@mahouse.gov
ElectCarl.org

John Slattery

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Massachusetts Senate
2nd Essex
Result: Loss


jslattery.jpg Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed John Slattery in his run for Massachusetts Senate in the Second district of Essex. Having previously served in the MA House of Representatives from 1995-2002, and as Peabody City Counselor from 1994-1995, John has a reputation for bringing people together and building consensus on Beacon Hill. John has received several awards over the years which represent his deep commitment to public service, including the "Legislator of the Year" award from the MA Coalition of Police, the "Working-Families Award" from the MA AFL-CIO, and the "Public Official of the Year" award from the Boston Teacher's Union.


johnslatteryforsenate.com

Aaron Vega

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Massachusetts House
5th Hampden
Result: Won


avega.jpg Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Aaron Vega in his run for Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 5th district of Hampden. Aaron previously served as City-Councilor in Holyoke, and was elected as one of the first Latino at-large councilors in 2009 where he helped found such efforts as the Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success in Holyoke (C.R.U.S.H.), a group that helps to promote local business growth. Aaron has passed several important progressive pieces of legislation in the House, including bills that help increase access and tolerance in public schools, create public service initiatives, and support public safety mandates.


Aaron.Vega@mahouse.gov

Kathleen Walker

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Massachusetts House
6th Worcester
Result: Loss


kwalker As a member of the Board of Selectman in her home town of Charlton for over ten years, Kathleen is very involved with various organizations in her community. She is deeply committed to the environment, and has initiated Household Hazardous Waste Days and an Earth Day Festival in her town. She is a member of the Municipal Building Committee, and a former member of the Library Building Fund Raising Committee, Historical Committee, Recycling Committee and Farmer's Market on the Common. Kathleen's progressive activism in her community has not gone unnoticed, and she continues to strengthen her town with her involvement.


ElectKathleenWalker.com

Mike Barrett

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Massachusetts Senate
3rd Middlesex
Result: Won


mbarrett After three terms in the Mass. House of Representatives and four terms in the State Senate, Mike ran for Governor of Massachusetts in the 1994 Democratic primary. Unsuccessful, he left politics in 1995 and moved with his wife and two daughters to their present home in Lexington. Beginning in 1989 and continuing for a decade through the administrations of Michael Dukakis, William Weld and Paul Cellucci, he served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). As the small-business owner of his own consulting firm, Mike studies mobile phones, social media, inexpensive sensors and even home robots, all with the aim of using technology to help people cope with chronic conditions and take command of their health. For the past five years, from 2007 through 2011, he's moderated panels at the annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston and delivered keynote addresses at the industry's annual Healthcare Unbound conferences on the West Coast. As senator, Mike has already jumped into action on progressive bills concerning fair chances for employment, education funding, and policy that works towards the elimination of health disparities among racial and ethnic lines in Massachusetts, as wells as serving as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities and Vice Chairman on the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.


Mike.Barrett@mahouse.gov

Denise Andrews

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Massachusetts Senate
2nd Franklin
Result: Won


denise andrews An Orange Native and a member of the House since 2011, Denise hopes to continue building a better future for her constituents through thoughtful leadership, compassion and respect. She is a member of the Joint Committee on Revenue, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and the Joint Committee on Election Law. Having spent over 20 years as a respected business leader, Denise brings years of experience and passion in leadership, problem solving and building partnerships. She also serves as the appointed Chair of Governor Patrick's Advisory Council for Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Diversity.


Denise.Andrews@masenate.gov
DeniseAdnrews.org

Don Bourque

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Massachusetts House
18th Worcester
Result: Loss


don bourque Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Don Bourque in his run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 18th district of Worcester. After serving as a firefighter for over 11 years, as well as on the Webster Town Board of Selectmen, Don understands just how important it is for town officials to work closely with state officials. Don currently works part-time as a funeral home director, and is a member of and past District Governor for Lions Clubs International. He now serves as President of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and will continue to run for the Webster Town Board of Selectmen.


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Roger Brunelle

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Massachusetts House
12th Bristol
Result: Loss


roger brunelle Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Roger Brunelle in his run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 12th district of Bristol. He works as a commercial and industrial painter, and is a 19-year member of the Painters & Allied Trades Local #691 union. In 2003, he was elected as the Financial Secretary of his local union, which covers all of Southeastern Massachusetts. Roger is a strong believer in leading by example, and has spent over 20 years of his life volunteering for various campaigns and charities, such as Habitat for Humanity and Homes for our Troops, and continues to enrich his community with his community service.


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Keith Carreiro

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Massachusetts House
4th Bristol
Result: Loss


keith carreiro A teacher in both public schools and universities for over 40 years, Keith Carreiro brought an expertise to the field of education, as he also served as Chairman of the Swansea School Committee. He has provided critical oversight and assistance in seeing that the town's educational mission is fulfilled and that the delivery of instruction centers upon what is best for students, parents, teachers and citizens. He continues to serve Swansea and surrounding communities as an advocate for educational excellence by reaching out to local and state congressional representatives and state agencies.


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Tim Coco

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Massachusetts Senate
1st Essex
Result: Loss


tim coco Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Tim Coco in his run for the Massachusetts Senate in the First Essex district. A local business owner (COCO+CO, a public relations and advertising firm), Tim also resurrected WHAV (where he previously worked) as a community Internet, cable and radio station, and made it a non-profit organization that has programming 24/7, in his hometown of Haverhill. Tim ran an inspirational campaign and will continue to work tirelessly to enrich his community.


Coco4Senate.com

Sherry Costa-Hanlon

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Massachusetts House
3rd Bristol
Result: Loss


Sherry Costa-Hanlon-sm Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Sherry Costa-Hanlon in her run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 3rd district of Bristol. A Taunton City Counselor since 2008, Sherry is known for her commitment to her constituents as she is available and on-call 24 hours a day. Sherry previously worked as a lawyer at her own practice for over 20 years. Sherry ran a strong grassroots campaign that set the stage for great debate in her district.


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Marjorie Decker

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Massachusetts House
25th Middlesex
Result: Won


mdecker Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Marjorie Decker in her run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 25th district of Middlesex. A graduate of Harvard's School of Government, Marjorie had served as Cambridge City Counselor for 12 years, and is marked by her deep sense of economic and social justice. Marjorie previously served on the executive board of the United Nations International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, and has travelled around the world working with issues such as mining exploitation in El Salvador, refugee children in detention centers, and nuclear disarmament. Marjorie is a strong fighter for all civil liberties, supporting LGBT rights, women's health, progressive environmental efforts, and organized labor. In the State House, Marjorie has been an invaluable asset to the people of her district. She has sponsored bills relating to health education in schools, survivor and disability benefits, and labor laws that help small businesses. Marjorie's thoughtful and worldly perspective serves her well on the Joint Committees on Financial Services, Healthcare Financing, and Housing.


Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov

Sam DiSanti

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Massachusetts House
3rd Hampden
Result: Loss


sam disanti Sam worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years, and had a very strong rapport and relationship with his customers and businesses. As a newcomer to the political scene, Sam hopes to represent the "blue-collar worker" as someone who understands daily concerns about jobs, the economy, and the future of our children. Sam's campaign brought up real issues in the community and sparked strong debate.


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Ken Donnelly

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Massachusetts Senate
4th Middlesex
Result: Won


ken donnelly Ken currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and the Vice Chairman of Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Ken is a true progressive voice for the future, recently co-sponsoring bills such as the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act, an act relative to transgender equal rights, an update to the bottle bill, and an act establishing Medicare for all in the state of Massachusetts.


Kenneth.Donnelly@mahouse.gov
KenDonnelly.org

Jamie Eldridge

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Massachusetts Senate
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk
Result: Won


jeldridge Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Senator Jamie Eldridge for re-election in the Middlesex and Worcester District. A state senator since 2009 and a state representative before that, Jamie is known for using his passionate and eloquent voice for communities as well as progressive values. Having previously worked as a public attorney, providing free legal services to the low-income people, Sen. Eldridge understands the complex barriers that low-income families can face, and is committed and determined to provide programs and policies to overcome these barriers. He won passage of the toughest anti-bullying legislation in the country to ensure every child in Massachusetts is safe at school. As Vice Chairman of the environment committee, Jamie has worked to protect Massachusetts' open spaces, natural environment and clean water systems as co-sponsor of the Energy Efficiency Act, Global Warming Solutions Act, the Green Communities Act, and the Green Jobs bill.


James.Eldridge@mahouse.gov
JamieEldridge.com

Ken Gordon

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Massachusetts House
21st Middlesex
Result: Won


kgordon Ken Gordon enters his first elected office in 2013, but public service is no stranger to him. Mr. Gordon served his community on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Cultural Council, among other volunteer activities. He has been a lawyer for 21 years and has specialized in representing employees who suffer discrimination or wrongful termination at the workplace. In addition, he represents small business in disputes in court, as well as managing his own law firm. Ken is champion in the house for education funding, military families, and worker protection laws among other progressive causes.


Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov
KenForStateRep.com

Paul Heroux

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Massachusetts House
2nd Bristol
Result: Won


pheroux Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Paul Heroux in his run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 2nd district of Bristol. Paul is a self-employed consultant, measuring if tax-paid programs are cost-effective in the current economy. Paul also writes about the economy and international affairs for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle and the Huffington Post, and previously worked in the executive office of the Philadelphia Prison Systems. He spent a year in Saudi Arabia in 2003 in order to better understand the culture, and then worked at the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies in 2004 and 2005. Paul's long list of priorities for his time in the State House is already underway, beginning with legislation helping children and families as well as public safety initiatives and bills supporting educators.


Paul.Heroux@mahouse.gov
PaulforAttleboro.com

Marilee Kenney Hunt

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Massachusetts House
15th Worcester
Result: Loss


mhunt Marilee formerly worked in the executive branch of the Massachusetts state government, and is well known in her community for various service projects. A champion of women's rights, Marilee successfully created a statewide court advocacy program called SAFEPLAN Massachusetts, as well as overseeing over $3 million annually in federal Violence Against Women Acts funding. She also helped to appropriately apportion the State's $60 budget for domestic and sexual violence programs. As an active member of her community, Marilee passed the Community Preservation Act in 2005, using it to fund several projects including the development of new town sports fields, renovation of the town hall, improvements to the library, and preservation of several historic buildings. Most recently, Marilee served on the 2020 Town/University Committee as a member of the Downtown Revitalization sub-committee.


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Mary Keefe

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Massachusetts House
15th Worcester
Result: Won


mkeefe Mass Alliance is proud to have endorsed Representative Mary Keefe in her run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 15th district of Worcester. Mary's public life has focused on bringing together community residents, business leaders, congregations and civic organization to ensure everyone in her community has a voice. Mary stands out because of her complete commitment to the people of her district: as a Representative, her top priorities have included quality public schools, affordable healthcare, and preservation of public places.


Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov