2018 Congressional Primaries

Elections matter. Our ability to make progressive change in Massachusetts depends on our electing progressive champions to office -- every office.

In particular, primaries matter, especially in an often single-party state like Massachusetts. Primaries are the time that we can debate concrete policies and large-scale visions.

Massachusetts's state primary is Tuesday, September 4th.

Over the past couple of months, we've been inviting candidates to fill out our comprehensive policy questionnaires -- a vital tool for informing voters and for holding politicians accountable. Our Election and Endorsement Committee reviews them and then chooses whether to make a recommendation to our members, the ultimate deciders.

We're proud to endorse the following candidates, each of whom won an overwhelming majority of the vote among our membership.

MA-01: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud


Tahirah Amatul-Wadud runs a successful law practice in Western Massachusetts with a focus in domestic relations and civil rights law. She is a graduate of Elms College in Chicopee and Western New England University School of Law in Springfield. Tahirah was named a 2016 Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. As a commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Tahirah has advocated before the state legislature to enact laws responsive to the needs of women. She is a member of the Family Advisory Council of Boston Children's Hospital. Tahirah understands the need to prioritize healthcare for every person and is thus an avid supporter of Medicare for All. She also supports universal public education from pre-K through college and affordable high-speed Internet access for every resident to improve the economic prosperity of the district.


MA-07: Ayanna Pressley


Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and survivor. Her election to the Boston City Council in 2009 marked the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. This laid the foundation for Ayanna’s groundbreaking work, with which she has consistently strived to improve the lives of people that have too often been left behind and to reduce inequality in all forms. Raised in Chicago as the only child of an activist mother who instilled in her the value of civic participation, Ayanna understands the role that government should play in helping to lift up communities that are in need of the most help. After her election to the Council in 2009, she successfully pursued the establishment of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities. The Committee addresses causes that Ayanna has always been most devoted to: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty, and addressing issues that disproportionately impact women and girls. Ayanna lives in the Ashmont/Adams neighborhood of Dorchester with her husband Conan Harris, nine-year-old stepdaughter Cora, and cat Sojourner Truth.






The EEC has collected questionnaires for candidates in three contested primaries: MA-01, MA-03, and MA-07. As these are already high-attention races, the EEC chose to refrain from making its own recommendations.

Massachusetts's 1st Congressional District

In this district, located in central and western Mass, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is challenging incumbent Richard Neal. We reached out to both candidates.

Only one candidate is seeking your endorsement:

Massachusetts's 3rd Congressional District

This district, located in northeastern and central Mass (with a focus on the Merrimack Valley), is open as Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has chosen to retire.

Eight candidates are seeking your endorsement:

Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District

This district, centered in Boston, also includes Somerville, Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, and parts of Milton and Cambridge. Congressman Michael Capuano is being challenged by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Both candidates are seeking your endorsement:

One of our chapters in the district -- JP Progressives -- has endorsed Ayanna Pressley.

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