Hello! My name is Mike Connolly.
I am an attorney, a community organizer, and a proud progressive Democrat running for State Representative in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.
I am running for State Representative because I believe we need passionate new leadership to address the concerns of our communities and advance a progressive agenda both locally and across our commonwealth. I ask for your support of this campaign so, together, we can have the progressive leadership we deserve.
My commitment to social and economic justice stems from my own background. I was raised in public housing by a single mother who struggled with health issues. I spent time in foster care and benefited from a Head Start program and other social services as a young child.
With the help of these programs, caring community members, and an extended family, I had the support to overcome adversity and beat the odds. I went on to attend Duke University on a football scholarship. After that, I put myself through Boston College Law School, served as a managing editor for a progressive law journal, became a licensed attorney, and worked for a global technology company.
While I was fortunate to have these opportunities, however, so many of my childhood peers have ended up incarcerated, out of work, on the streets, or victims of the heroin and opioid epidemics. I know it doesn’t have to be that way, but not everyone is given the support I had, and the results are just not something that we should accept in Massachusetts.
I know that with new leadership we can do a better job addressing these challenges. We can make broader investments in affordable housing, public transportation, early education, afterschool programs, and other critical services. These are investments that would help make my story less of an exception, and more of the rule. And I believe that this and future generations deserve that chance.
I hope we get the chance to connect in the weeks leading up to the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 8. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or want to help the campaign. Running for local office at its core is about service to the community, and I will always have an open door (and an open in-box), because I know the only way we can move our community forward is by doing it together.
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NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the political leader of the pro-choice movement in the Commonwealth, recently announced their endorsement of Mike Connolly for the 26th Middlesex District seat of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The election will be decided in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 8.
"Mike Connolly has the right values to be a true leader in the fight to ensure that all women in the Commonwealth have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, including abortion,” said Christian Miron, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. "This is a critical election for reproductive rights, which makes it essential to guarantee that we send pro-choice leaders to Beacon Hill who will actively work to promote a pro-choice agenda, including ensuring the right to abortion. Mike Connolly has demonstrated that he will lead the charge for reproductive freedom without any reservations.”
Thank you to Somerville Community Access Television and Joe Lynch for producing this interview series featuring both Democratic candidates for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. The election will be decided in the primary on Thursday, September 8.