Progressive Massachusetts is pleased to announce its endorsement of Linda Dorcena Forry for the 1st Suffolk Senate Seat. Linda earned our endorsement because of her leadership qualities, her record of accomplishment and her commitment to progressive values and policies.
As a first generation Haitian American, Linda learned a strong work ethic and the importance of a quality education from her parents. She also learned the importance of giving back to the community. These values have fueled her life’s work to date which include eight years in the House of Representatives as well as at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. There she worked closely with CDCs and civic association to encourage smart growth projects that balanced the needs of Boston’s neighborhoods with the vital lifeline of new and sustainable jobs.
As the Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in the House, Ms. Dorcena Forry traveled the state to learn about the challenges our communities face, worked to turn that feedback into effective legislation and continued to promote state resources that would spur growth in our neighborhoods.
As a State Senator, Ms. Dorcena Forry indicated that her top priorities would be:
Education – Ensuring that every child in our state has access to a quality education and that we invest in early education, community enrichment programs and job training and re-training.
Jobs/Workforce Training – Creating quality sustainable jobs in our commonwealth, educating our young people with the skills they need to get the unfilled jobs of today and the jobs of the future, protecting small businesses, ensuring access to job sites for women, minorities and veterans, and making sure our workers have safe working environments, prevailing wages, and quality benefits.
Healthy Families (which includes, healthcare, housing and nutrition) – For our communities to be successful, we must have strong and healthy families. We must support community health centers and work to provide better access to healthcare and control healthcare costs; grow our communities with smart development that includes options for all incomes and family sizes; and make sure our children, seniors and residents have healthy food options and nutritional training.
Ms. Dorcena Forry strongly supports our call for new revenue and, after discussion with our Executive Director and Campaign Director, agreed to support our call for Election Day Registration. Ms. Dorcena Forry’s voting record in the last session is available here. Although she voted for casinos, her record was otherwise perfect.
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