Two of the three candidates that Progressive Mass endorsed in the primary won last night – thanks in part to your efforts.
Mary Keefe, running for the State Rep seat in the 15th Worcester, won with 39% of the vote. As we said in our endorsement,
“We are impressed with Mary’s vision for her community and for the Central Massachusetts Delegation as a whole, as well as her leadership and civic engagement skills in her role as a grassroots community organizer.”
Clearly that organizing background played an important role in last night’s victory. Mary now faces Brian O’Malley who ran uncontested on the Republican side.
Aaron Vega, running for the State Rep seat in the 5th Hampden, also won his race against Michael Kane who had previously withdrawn.
“Aaron is particularly passionate around issues of poverty and its relationship to educational attainment. As a result, he will prioritize investment in municipal aid, targeting education funding in particular.”
Unfortunately, Tim Coco, lost his bid for the State Senate seat in the 1st Essex. However, Kathleen O’Connor-Ives, the winner with 38% of the vote, also impressed our endorsement committee as a strong progressive. As the Chair of our Endorsement Committee, Reuben Kantor recently noted,
“Kathleen O’Connor-Ives impressed the committee with her commitment to progressive values, her work as a city councilor, and her passion for the issues. She is warm and easy to talk with, and has a history of working towards progressive goals.”