Our recommended slate of primary candidates: Christine Barber for 34th Middlesex State Rep, Mike Day for 31st Middlesex State Rep, Ivette Hernandez for 10th Hampden State Rep, Mary Keefe for 15th Worcester State Rep, Steve Ultrino for 33rd Middlesex State Rep, Jessica Finocchiaro for First Essex State Senator, and Dylan Hayre for Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex State Senator.
Each of the following candidates is dedicated to our progressive values, and will be fighters for our shared prosperity agenda on Beacon Hill.
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Christine Barber -- Candidate for State Rep, 34th Middlesex
Christine Barber in the 34th Middlesex District: Christine stands out as the best candidate to replace Carl Sciortino’s big shoes because of her policy expertise, and her active work with community organizations in the district. She hopes to work on district issues such as ensuring the green line extension is funded to Route 16 in Medford; furthering the preservation of the mystic river; and ensuring the affordability of the neighborhoods. Christine Barber also spoke at the Cambridge-Somerville for Change, Medford4MA and Progressive Democrats of Somerville’s 34th Middlesex Candidates Forum in June.
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Mike Day – Candidate for State Rep, 31st Middlesex
While we were happy to see Jason Lewis elected to the state senate, his progressive presence will be missed in the House. That is why we are proud to support Mike Day, who has been a staunch advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the past decade.
Ivette Hernandez for State Representative, 10th Hampden
Ivette earned the endorsement of Progressive Massachusetts based on her life-long dedication to social and economic justice. I am confident that as a state Representative, Ivette will serve her district, and the entire commonwealth well. Her personal story, and wealth of experience as an advocate for justice are exactly what we need.
Mary Keefe -- Candidate for State Rep, 15th Worcester
Mary Keefe has worked in the Worcester community for fifteen years, and hopes to continue to strengthen our community by working with community groups and organizations to prioritize community issues, improve schools and opportunities for youth, and to give good jobs to local residents. Rep. Keefe has been a progressive leader in the legislature, standing up for our values when few other legislators did. We need more progressive like Rep. Keefe on Beacon Hill.
Steve Ultrino for State Representative, 33rd Middlesex
Steve Ultrino is a lifelong Malden resident and educator. As a City Councilor in Malden, Steve has a proven track record of accomplishment, combine this with his commitment to progressive values, and we know Steve will be a big asset on Beacon Hill.
Jessica Finocchiaro – Candidate for State Senator, First Essex
Life-long Metheun resident Jessica Finocchiaro was elected to represent Metheun on the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee, works at the Department of Mental Health, and has years of experience working a small business. She hopes to bring fair wages, controlled health care costs, publicize all her votes, and fight for local schools when elected to office. Jessica’s stands out because her Progressive values led her to challenge 1-term incumbent Kathleen O’Connor Ives, who has taken the progressive position on only 2 of the 16 votes Progressive Massachusetts scored in the 2013-2014 legislative session.
Dylan Hayre – Candidate for State Senator, Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex
In a very competitive primary, Dylan stands out because of his long-term dedication to Progressive Massachusetts and our values. A lifelong resident of Natick and a son of immigrants, Dylan represents veterans and military families with his own law practice. He hopes to strengthen the economy by protecting workers and prioritizing accountability, and continue to serve our veterans in the State Senate.