Cambridge attorney Mike Connolly is among the first in the nation to be endorsed by Our Revolution, the much-anticipated successor organization to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
Our Revolution was launched this evening by Senator Sanders via live stream from Burlington, Vermont. The organization will be led by some of Senator Sanders' top staffers; its stated goal is "to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families."
Mike is one of just sixty-two candidates from across the nation to be endorsed by Our Revolution. Other endorsees include former U.S. Senator Russ Fiengold of Wisconsin, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Rep. Kieth Ellison of Minnesota, and Senate candidate Zephyr Teachout of New York. Senator Sanders also announced that Our Revolution will be looking to expand its list of endorsees in the coming months, for positions ranging from school board to state legislature.Read more
The Sierra Club of Massachusetts has announced its endorsement of Mike Connolly for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. The election will be decided in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 8.
David Rudolph, political chair of the Massachusetts chapter, says:
We can count on Mike Connolly to a be an active, clear eyed and pragmatic advocate for the environment and sustainability in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Mike has a record of effective leadership on environmental issues in his own Cambridge community and in building coalitions of residents, climate experts, city officials and environmentally focused organizations. Mike led the drive in Cambridge to advance a groundbreaking proposal for net zero carbon emissions that has become a model for other cities. As a Cambridge City Councilor’s aide, Mike played a key role in implementing a working single use plastic bag ban in Cambridge, the largest municipality on the East Coast to do so. He is well informed on the region’s energy, transportation and climate sustainability and sees the big picture and the details.
We feel Mike is the candidate better prepared to be a legislative leader on environmental and climate issues. We enthusiastically endorse Mike to represent the 26th Middlesex District."
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has announced its endorsement of Mike Connolly for State Representative in 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville.
Nancy Rosenblum and Donna Denoncourt, Co-Chairs of the Mass. NOW PAC, say: “We can count on Mike to protect every woman's right to choose. His support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 and indexing for inflation promotes economic equity. He will be a strong, progressive voice and advocate for all of NOW's priority issues. We enthusiastically endorse Mike Connolly for State Representative in 26th Middlesex.”
The Mass. NOW PAC endorses candidates who are committed to NOW’s mission and priority issue areas, including reproductive freedom, racial justice, constitutional rights, economic justice, LGBT Rights, and ending violence against women. In order to receive the support of the Mass. NOW PAC, candidates must go through a rigorous endorsement process, including a multi-issue questionnaire and an interview with PAC members.Read more
Here's the video of last week's debate between the Democratic candidates for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District, challenger Mike Connolly and incumbent Tim Toomey. Coverage of the debate has also been posted to the Cambridge Chronicle and Somerville Journal. Thank you to Cambridge Community Television and Somerville Community Access Television for co-producing this event.
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.”Read more
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.Read more
Great news! I just learned that our campaign has been endorsed by Mass Alliance, a coalition of the state's leading progressive advocacy organizations with a stellar record of winning elections!
This endorsement means a lot to me — not only because it's a sure sign that our campaign for new leadership for Cambridge and Somerville is on the right track — but especially because so many of the great, progressive legislators that I have looked up to over the years have also been endorsed by this organization.
Here is an excerpt from an op-ed submitted by MassAllaince director Jordan Powers to the Somerville Journal:
"Mike was raised in public housing, benefited from Head Start and other social services and through a scholarship worked his way through college. He went on to attend law school, becoming an attorney and establishing himself as a community leader dedicated to serving the public interest. He knows firsthand the importance our commitment to every child is,” said Jordan Berg Powers, executive director of Mass Alliance.
“Rep. [Tim] Toomey has twisted himself in all directions trying to rewrite his voting history, but the record is clear. Mass Citizens for Life, an anti-choice group, recently rated Rep. Toomey as 100 percent pro-life,” Powers said. “When given the chance to support public education, Rep. Toomey voted not once, but twice, most recently in April, to sell our schools off to big corporate donors. Rep. Toomey had a chance to fulfill his promise of MBTA expansion — but time and again voted against additional revenue that would support projects like the Green Line Extension and the Somerville Community Path. And at a time when citizens are making it clear they want more support for addiction and less mass incarceration, Rep. Toomey voted four times since 2014 to expand mandatory minimums. Rep. Toomey is out of step with the progressive leadership that voters in Cambridge and Somerville deserve.
“The things that are important to Mike are the things that are important to us — a clean, safe environment, public schools that provide our kids with a high-quality education and an economic system that gives working families a fair shot,” Powers added. “As the largest progressive organization in the Commonwealth, Mike was the only choice in this race.”
Today, progressive activist, attorney, and community organizer Mike Connolly declared his candidacy for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District, which includes parts of Cambridge and Somerville.
Connolly announced that he has officially qualified for the Democratic Primary ballot on Thursday, September 8th, after submitting nearly three times the required number of nomination signatures to the state’s Elections Division last week.
“I am running for State Representative because I believe we need passionate new leadership to advance a progressive agenda in Cambridge and Somerville and across the Commonwealth,” explained Connolly.
“Our campaign is bringing people together to advocate for broader investments in affordable housing, public transportation, early education, after school programs, and other critical services, including programs to address the opioid and heroin epidemics,” Connolly added.
The 26th Middlesex seat has been held by incumbent State Rep. Tim Toomey since 1993. This will be the first contested primary in the district since 2004.
Earlier this month, over 100 people attended Connolly’s campaign kickoff party at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery and More in Central Square.Read more
CENTRAL SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE — An overflow crowd of more than 100 friends and supporters attended Mike Connolly's campaign kickoff party at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery and More last Thursday.
"Cambridge and Somerville are both great places to live," said Connolly, who lives on Harding Street with his wife Kacy and is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex district.
"And what's amazing is how committed we all are to doing even more to ensure that our communities remain affordable and accessible to people from all walks of life."
As State Representative, Connolly pledged that he would "work for broader investments in affordable housing, public transportation, early education and after school programs, and social services, including programs to address the heroin and opioid epidemics."
"My commitment to the community and to these issues stems from my own personal background," Connolly explained.
Raised by a single mother in public housing, Connolly benefited from a Head Start program and spent time in foster care before attending Duke University on a football scholarship. After that, he graduated from Boston College Law School and became an attorney, and over the past five years, he has worked closely with community leaders in Cambridge and Somerville.
In 2013, Connolly organized a grassroots campaign to focus Cambridge officials on a "net zero" carbon emissions plan that has since become a model for others in the Commonwealth. He was then hired to work as a legislative aide in Cambridge City Hall, where he drafted policy for affordable housing, public open space, community paths, renewable energy, and clean elections.
Lawrence Lessig: "Mike has truly inspired me..."
Connolly was introduced by Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard University, who said "Mike stood out as an inspiration" because of his efforts to advance the cause of clean elections and his work as an advocate in the community.
"In the ten years that I have been working to reform the political system, few people who are running for office have actually inspired me, but through his work on countless issues on the local level, and with a clear focus on the need for political reform, I can say that Mike is one of the few who have truly inspired me and given me hope for the future of our democracy," Lessig said.Read more
For the past few months, I have been working with members of the Cambridge Residents Alliance and the Mass. Budget For All coalition to organize a public forum on transportation issues in Cambridge and Somerville. The event is being co-sponsored by Green Cambridge, 350Mass. Transit Group, and the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance.
"Solving Transit and Traffic Issues in the Cambridge Corridor" will be held this Saturday, April 30th, from 2 to 5 pm at the Cambridge Senior Center (806 Mass. Ave in Central Square). Everyone is invited to join us for conversation, light refreshments, and opportunities for input on a topic that is vital to our future.
The event will feature presentations and discussion with Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, state Senator Pat Jehlen, Cambridge City Councilors Dennis Carlone and Jan Devereux, as well as some of the best and brightest advocates in the field of transit, such as Rafael Mares (Conservation Law Foundation), Steven Miller (Livable Streets), Ellin Reisner (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership), Kirstie Pecci (MassPIRG), John Attanucci (MIT Transportation Group), and many others.