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NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Endorses State Senators and Representatives for Reelection

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is proud to endorse 80 incumbent pro-choice State Senators and Representatives running for reelection, including candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Eighty Supported Candidates Span the Commonwealth

Boston, MA – Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts -- the leading statewide advocate for privacy and a woman’s right to choose -- announced its endorsement of 80 sitting pro-choice State Senators and Representatives for reelection. The 2010 slate of endorsed elected officials includes representatives from every county in Massachusetts, varying religious affiliations, and wide-ranging backgrounds.

"NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is very proud to endorse a diverse list of elected officials from all across the Commonwealth, who have proven their commitment to the pro-choice values shared by the vast majority of Massachusetts voters,” said Andrea Miller, the organization’s Executive Director. "We applaud these endorsed incumbents for being steadfast pro-choice voices on Beacon Hill and in their districts.”

A driving force behind the election of many pro-choice state legislative candidates, the organization has already logged more than 1,500 volunteer hours of voter contact on behalf of pro-choice candidates.

"NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is committed to doing all that we can to ensure that women in the Commonwealth are able to make personal, private decisions about pregnancy and parenting -- and that includes protecting safe, legal abortion and improving access to birth control,” Miller added. "One of the best things voters can do this year is to support candidates who do the same, which is why we are encouraging voters to elect a NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts endorsed candidate in their district.”

"Even in a pro-choice state like Massachusetts, opponents of a woman’s right to choose have proven time and again that they are willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of women and families to promote their extreme agenda. That’s why we need to reelect these pro-choice leaders,” Miller concluded.

The endorsements of sitting legislators comes on the heels of the organization’s announcement that it is supporting Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, and has selected Steve Grossman as its pick for Treasurer. Endorsements in open legislative seats and other statewide races will be announced in the coming weeks.

The list of endorsed legislators includes, but is not limited to:

Senate

Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain), Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln), Jennifer Flanagan(D-Leominster), Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Thomas McGee (D-Saugus), Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Anthony Petrucelli (D-East Boston), Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Steven Tolman (D-Boston)
 
House of Representatives
Kevin Aguiar (D-Fall River), Geraldo Alicea (D-Charlton), Cory Atkins (D-Concord), Demetrius Atsalis (D-Barnstable), Ruth Balser (D-Newton), Jen Benson (D-Lunenburg), Bill Bowles (D-Attleboro), Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham), William Brownsberger (D-Belmont), Jennifer Callahan (D-Sutton), Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), Mark Falzone (D-Saugus), Gloria Fox (D-Boston), Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown), Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Kevin Honan (D-Boston), Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington), Kay Khan (D-Newton), Peter Koutoujian (D-Waltham), John Keenan (D-Salem), Peter Kocot (D-Northhampton), Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), Allen McCarthy (D-East Bridgewater), Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Michael Moran (D-Boston), Charles Murphy (D-Burlington), Jim O'Day (D-West Boylston), Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), William "Smitty" Pignatelli (D-Lenox), Denise Provost (D-Somerville), Kathi-Ann Reinstein (D-Revere), Pam Richardson (D-Framingham), Rosemary Sandlin (D-Agawam), Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), John Scibak (D-South Hadley), Carl Sciortino (D-Medord), Stephen "Stat" Smith (D-Everett), Frank Smizik (D-Brookline), Christopher Speranzo (D- Pittsfield), Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers), Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody), Ellen Story (D-Amherst), William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), Cleon Turner (D-Yarmouth), Marty Walz (D-Boston), Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge)
 
With 20,000 members across the Commonwealth, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts provides direct assistance to candidates, mobilizes its pro-choice grassroots base in targeted districts, trains candidates and volunteers, and produces and distributes the only statewide pro-choice Voters’ Guide.
 
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Andrea Miller
(617) 556-8800 x12
 
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