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."
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.”