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.
The Mass. NOW PAC works to ensure that women’s rights and other social justice issues are given a voice on Beacon Hill. Connolly’s commitment to these issues stems from his personal background. He was raised in public housing by a single-mother, benefited from a Head Start program, and spent time in foster care when his mother struggled with health issues. Despite these challenges, Connolly went on to graduate from Duke University and Boston College Law School. He became a licensed attorney, worked in the local technology sector, and became involved in a number of social justice movements in the Greater Boston area.
Connolly has established himself as a community leader in Cambridge and Somerville. He has worked to promote affordable housing, universal early childhood education, public transportation, renewable energy, and campaign finance reform, both as a legislative aide to the Cambridge City Council and as a community organizer.
On receiving the Mass. NOW PAC endorsement, Connolly says, “I am truly honored to have the support of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women. NOW has been taking action for women’s equality since 1966 and has been at the forefront of struggles for reproductive rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights. I look forward to working with NOW and joining with other allies and leaders in the Massachusetts House to continue making progress on these fundamental issues.”
The primary election is Thursday, September 8, 2016. Please be sure to head to the polls and join the Mass. NOW PAC in supporting Mike Connolly for State House of Representatives.