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More Than 100 State, Local Elected Officials Throw Support Behind Ed Markey For Senate

Endorsements Include Speaker DeLeo, Attorney General Coakley, Treasurer Grossman, 63 State Reps., 17 State Sens. & 18 Mayors

Charlestown, Massachusetts – More than 100 current state and local elected officials endorsed Rep. Ed Markey for Senate today, including House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman, as well as 63 state representatives, 17 state senators and 18 mayors.

The endorsements include every Democratic mayor, state representative and state senator in the fifth congressional district, which Ed represents.

“Since entering Congress I’ve fought every day for the people of Massachusetts, and I am humbled to have the support of so many friends and colleagues across the Commonwealth in this election,” said Rep. Ed Markey of the more than 100 current state and local elected officials supporting his campaign for Senate. “If elected to the Senate I will continue fighting to defend the historic healthcare reform law from Republicans trying to dismantle it, protect a woman’s right to choose and take a back seat to no one when it takes to keeping America safe.”

“Ed Markey is a true leader and innovator on issues important to the people of Massachusetts,” said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. “He has led efforts to improve fuel efficiency in cars and co-authored the most important climate change bill to pass through either House of Congress. He has also worked tirelessly to promote smart growth and make sound investments in our transportation system, which are vital to the development of Somerville and cities and towns across the Commonwealth. I am proud to endorse Ed Markey, and look forward to working with him on these issues in the U.S. Senate.”

“Ed Markey is a champion for the technologies that drive our economy and connect our communities in Western Massachusetts, and we need his leadership in the United States Senate,” said North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright. “Ed is a force in promoting clean energy solutions that protect our environment and create jobs. Ed has worked to support broadband Internet access to Western Massachusetts which will connect our businesses and families to opportunities necessary for success in the 21st century. I am proud to endorse Ed Markey and know that he will bring his commitment to innovation and clean energy to the U.S. Senate.”

State Rep. John Keenan (D-Salem) lauded Ed’s leadership on a host of issues, declaring, “I’m supporting Congressman Markey because of his unparalleled advocacy for the environment, reasonable gun control and a woman’s continued right to choose – all important issues that our next Senator will have to address.”

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said, “I am supporting Ed Markey because he is a strong leader – someone who possesses both vision for the future and a record of standing up for the little guy. Ed has been standing with the communities I represent for a long time, fighting successfully in the ‘90s to stop the mass importation of cheap Chinese assault weapons to our streets. He continues to stand up to the gun lobby today, pushing for sensible reforms like mandatory background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and limited magazine capacity.

“He has been a champion in Congress for closing the ‘digital divide,’ successfully increasing technology access in low-income schools and fighting to keep the Internet a level playing field for everyone. He’s been an outspoken advocate for preventing cuts to Head Start, a program that has made a difference for so many children and parents in my district.

“And as one of our country’s leading voices on the environment, Ed understands that climate change and pollution are already hitting low-income families and communities of color harder than anyone else — with high asthma rates, urban brownfields, and vulnerability to extreme weather. His advocacy for green jobs will also provide new job opportunities for Massachusetts workers. 

“We need a leader in the Senate to partner with Elizabeth Warren to champion these issues affecting our families. We also have the opportunity on April 30 to repeat the strength we showed in November 2012, and once again make the presence of urban voters and communities of color felt at the ballot box, I urge everyone in our community to make their voices heard in this special election. I am supporting Ed Markey, and I ask you to vote for him on April 30.”


House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop)

Attorney General Martha Coakley (D-Medford)

Treasurer Steven Grossman (D-Newton)

State Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)

Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III (D-Amesbury)

State Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst)

State Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)

State Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D-Arlington)

State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)

State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland)

State Representative Paul Heroux (D-Attleboro)

State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)

State Representative Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford)

State Representative David Rogers (D-Belmont)

State Senator Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont)

State Representative Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly)

Mayor William Scanlon, Jr. (I-Beverly)

State Representative Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)

State Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)

Mayor Henrietta Davis (D-Cambridge)

State Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord)

State Representative Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers)

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston)

Mayor Mike Tautznick (D-Easthampton)

Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan (D-Easthampton)

State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)

Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. (D-Everett)

Mayor Lisa Wong (D-Fitchburg)

State Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)

State Senator Daniel Wolf (D-Harwich)

State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)

State Representative Elizabeth Malia (D-Jamaica Plain)

State Representative Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence)

State Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington)

State Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington)

State Representative Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)

State Representative Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow)

State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg)

State Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn)

State Representative Christopher Fallon (D-Malden)

Mayor Gary Christenson (D-Malden)

State Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)

State Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)

State Representative Paul Donato (D-Medford)

State Representative Carl Sciortino  (D-Medford)

Mayor Michael McGlynn (D-Medford)

State Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)

State Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose)

Mayor Robert Dolan (D-Melrose)

State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton)

State Representative David Linsky (D-Natick)

State Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham)

State Representative Tony Cabral (D-New Bedford)

State Representative Robert Koczera (D-New Bedford)

State Representative Michael Costello (D-Newburyport)

Mayor Donna Holaday (D-Newburyport)

State Representative Ruth Balser (D-Newton)

State Representative Kay Khan (D-Newton)

State Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton)

State Representative Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)

Mayor Dick Alcombright (D-North Adams)

State Representative Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)

Mayor David Narkewicz (D-Northampton)

State Representative Denise Andrews (D-Orange)

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield)

Mayor Daniel Bianchi (D-Pittsfield)

Berkshire Sheriff Tom Bowler (D-Pittsfield)

State Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown)

State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere)

Mayor Daniel Rizzo (D-Revere)

State Representative John Keenan (D-Salem)

State Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem)

State Representative Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)

State Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville)

State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)

Mayor Joe Curtatone (D-Somerville)

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-South End)

State Representative John Scibak (D-South Hadley)

State Representative Sean Curran (D-Springfield)

State Representative Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)

State Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton)

State Representative Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham)

Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian (D-Waltham)

State Representative Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)

State Representative John Lawn (D-Watertown)

State Representative Tom Conroy (D-Wayland)

State Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley)

State Representative James O’Day (D-West Boylston)

State Representative Paul Schmid (D-Westport)

State Senator Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham)

State Representative Jason Lewis (D-Winchester)

State Representative James Dwyer (D-Woburn)

Mayor Scott Galvin (D-Woburn)

State Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)

State Representative John Mahoney (D-Worcester)

Mayor Joseph M. Petty (D-Worcester)

State Representative Steven Kulik (D-Worthington) 


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