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 election on Tuesday, November 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.
Committee to Elect Mike Connolly invites you to a winter fundraiser to celebrate Rep. Connolly's first year in office. Guest speakers include Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, State Senator Pat Jehlen, Cambridge City Councillor-elect Sumbul Siddiqui and more, to be announced.Contact Matt Miller via Matt@MikeConnolly.org with questions or to get involved.All are welcome to attend regardless of ability to contribute. Contributions to the Committee to Elect Mike Connolly will be graciously accepted. Thank you!WHENNovember 20, 2017 at 6pm
In the first contested Democratic primary in the 26th Middlesex District in over a decade, our campaign won with 54% of the vote.
Thank you to the friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, organizations, staff, and volunteers who came together to make this victory possible. Most importantly, thank you to the voters of Cambridge and Somerville who have placed their confidence in me to be our next State Representative. I still have a general election in November, but I will be the only name on the ballot.
I am so, so proud of our grassroots campaign and all of our staff and volunteers. Our success was only possible because of your efforts and constant support.
I also want to express my deepest respect for Representative Tim Toomey. His lifelong commitment and continued service to the people of Cambridge and Somerville is without comparison. We are all so very fortunate to live in a diverse community where the spirit of civic engagement and concern for our neighbors is so incredibly strong. We must continue working together to make progress for everyone.
To everyone who came together to provide me with this opportunity to serve in the state legislature, I am so incredibly grateful. I cannot wait to get started working for you. I know — now, more than ever — that when we work together and stick to our principles, we can accomplish great things!