MassEquality PAC Announces Next Round of 2016 Legislative Endorsements

MassEquality PAC

BOSTON, Mass. Today, the MassEquality PAC officially announced its second round of endorsements for the 2016 Massachusetts legislative races.

First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include:

Senate: Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
House: Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex)
Juana Matias (16th Essex)
Jen Migliore (9th Essex)

“We are proud to endorse these first-time candidates in their races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “We are confident that they will stand out as champions of LGBTQ rights and fight to end discrimination and hate in the Commonwealth.”

Senate incumbent endorsees include:
Senator William Brownsberger (2nd Suffolk and Middlesex)
Senator Harriette Chandler (1st Worcester)

House incumbent endorsees include:
Representative Paul Brodeur (32nd Middlesex)
Representative Robert DeLeo (19th Suffolk)
Representative David Linsky (5th Middlesex)
Representative Smitty Pignatelli (4th Berkshire)
Representative John Scibak (2nd Hampshire)
Representative Tom Stanley (9th Middlesex)
Representative Tim Toomey (26th Middlesex)

“These incumbents have proven themselves as effective and strong supporters of LGBTQ rights on Beacon Hill and in their districts,” Ms. Shields added. “We are pleased to endorse them in their re-election campaigns, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the State House on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.”

First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC on June 16 include:

Senate: Nora Harrington (Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth)

House: Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)

“Both of these candidates are effective advocates and longtime supporters of the LGBTQ community,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Their experience and awareness of LGBTQ issues make them ideally suited to be influential advocates for the community on Beacon Hill.”

Senate incumbent endorsees include:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk)
Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (1st Middlesex & Norfolk)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (Everett, Middlesex & Suffolk)
Senator Kenneth Donnelly (4th Middlesex)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (Middlesex & Worcester)
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (1st Suffolk)
Senator Pat Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
Senator Eric Lesser (1st Hampden & Hampshire)
Senator Jason Lewis (5th Middlesex)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (2nd Essex & Middlesex)
Senator Stan Rosenberg (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester)

House incumbent endorsees include:

Representative Cory Atkins (14th Middlesex)
Representative Christine Barber (34th Middlesex)
Representative Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
Representative Mike Day (31st Middlesex)
Representative Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
Representative Denise Garlick (13th Norfolk)
Representative Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
Representative Kate Hogan (3rd Middlesex)
Representative Kay Khan (11th Middlesex)
Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)
Representative Jim O’Day (14th Worcester)
Representative Sarah Peake (4th Barnstable)
Representative Denise Provost (27th Middlesex)
Representative Byron Rushing (9th Suffolk)
Representative Paul Tucker (7th Essex)

“Our endorsed incumbent candidates have a proven track record as champions of LGBTQ rights, and have consistently supported legislation that is vital to our community,” Ms. Shields added. “We are proud to endorse each of these candidates, and we look forward to working with them in the State House to ensure everyone in Massachusetts enjoys equality and justice.”

For more information about our endorsement process and criteria, please click here.

For more information on the candidates and the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please 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.

[From a News Release]

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