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.
Mike’s commitment to social workers’ values of social, economic, and racial justice stems from his background. He was raised in public housing and spent time in foster care while his single mother struggled with her health. But through the support of a strong community, government assistance like Head Start, and caring social workers, he beat the odds and attended Duke on scholarship, then put himself through Boston College Law School. As an activist, community advocate, and legislative aide to the Cambridge City Council, Connolly has spent the better part of his adult life working to afford everyone the same opportunities he had.
On receiving the NASW endorsement, Mike remarked:
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the National Association of Social Workers. What they do in both practice and advocacy has a positive impact on so many lives, including my own growing up. To earn NASW’s confidence and support of my candidacy is truly humbling.”
The National Association of Social Workers encourages all social workers living in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville to vote for Mike Connolly in the primary election on Thursday, September 8.