A 10-alarm fire ripped through the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood in the vicinity of Berkshire, Plymouth, and York Streets yesterday — affecting some fifteen buildings and displacing over 100 of our neighbors from their homes. Among the displaced are more than 60 affordable housing tenants at the former St. Patrick's Church.
I was speaking at the Massachusetts Peace Action conference at Simmons College when my wife texted a photo from our street (seen here), showing a giant flame and an enormous plume of smoke at the other end of Donnelly Field. I quickly left the conference and made my way to the scene and spent the rest of the evening with other city officials and victims of the disaster at the War Memorial Center.
It was the largest fire in Cambridge since the 1980s. According to Chief Gerald Reardon, it was miraculous that there wasn't any loss of life.
We are grateful for the incredible response from the Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Somerville Fire Department, American Red Cross of Massachusetts, City of Cambridge staff, administrators, and officials, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and all of the other fire crews that were called in from around the region. It was a remarkable demonstration of courage, coordination, and professionalism by hundreds of first-responders in what was described by Chief Reardon as a "war zone."
Thank you to the 15,714 people who voted in Tuesday's election to make me the next State Representative for the 26th Middlesex District. It is an honor to be able to serve the public and the neighborhoods I love here in Cambridge and Somerville.
I want to say thank you to my wife Kacy and to the hundreds of friends, supporters, activists, organizations, staff and volunteers who all worked together to help make our people-powered campaign such a big success this year. Thanks as well to everyone who continued working for our successful No On 2 and Yes On 4 campaigns.
That said, these victories are overshadowed by the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections. For my part, I will remain committed as an activist and ally in my opposition to the racism, misogyny, xenophobia, ignorance, abusiveness, and hatred that has largely characterized the Trump campaign. His ascension to the presidency makes the work we are doing on the state-level and in our community all the more important.Read more
The Massachusetts Nurses Association is proud to announce its endorsement of Democrat Mike Connolly for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
"Mike Connolly represents a new generation of leaders bringing fresh ideas to the State House," said Donna Kelly-Williams, Massachusetts Nurses Association President. "I am especially excited about his strong support of single-payer healthcare and his commitment to ensure safe staffing limits in all hospitals in Massachusetts. Mike will be a hard worker on Beacon Hill and the MNA is very pleased to support him," Kelly-Williams added.Read more
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, recently announced their endorsement of Mike Connolly for the 26th Middlesex District seat of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
“Mike Connolly understands that access to sexual and reproductive health care and comprehensive sexuality education are essential for building healthy communities. We need allies like Mike Connolly in the State House to push the state forward with policies that put patients first, strengthen reproductive rights, and eliminate barriers to vital health care for women, men, and young people," said Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.Read more
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!
On Thursday, September 8, Cambridge and Somerville voters will go to the polls for the first competitive race for State Representative in our community in over a decade. After months of campaigning, many voters are asking: What are the differences between incumbent Tim Toomey and challenger Mike Connolly?Read more
MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has announced his endorsement of Mike Connolly for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. Chomsky issued the following statement in support of Mike's campaign:
Mike Connolly’s candidacy for State Representative offers all of us in Massachusetts a chance to have a representative in the legislature with an unusual career of effective and dedicated work on progressive initiatives of local and national concern. It is a rare opportunity to advance causes that are of great significance to the state, the country, and the prospects for a livable world.
Chomsky is recognized for revolutionizing the fields of linguistics and cognitive science and is also a leading critic of politics and the mainstream media. He has authored over 100 books and has been described as "the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times.Read more
The National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter 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.
NASW PACE Co-Chair, Gary Howell Walton, offers these words of support for Mike's candidacy:
“We chose to endorse Mike Connolly for his commitment to social work values. We look forward to our work together with Mike in the Massachusetts State House to pass legislation that will advance the social work profession and rectify inequities that our clients face. We feel confident that Mike will make a real difference in the lives of people in his district.”
The National Association of Social Workers makes endorsements through its Political Action Committee for Candidate Election (PACE). PACE endorses candidates for the state legislature who will actively support NASW's policy agenda.Read more
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."