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January 19, 2020


Local leaders join State Sen. Eric Lesser in supporting Kennedy prior to local town hall this weekend

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Ahead of a community town hall in Springfield, Joe Kennedy III was joined in Mason Square by a slate of city councilors endorsing his run for U.S. Senate.

City Council President Justin Hurst, City Councilor Victor Davila, City Councilor Orlando Ramos, City Councilor-at-Large Kateri Walsh and City Councilor-at-Large Tracye Whitfield joined State Senator Eric Lesser today in supporting Kennedy.

“I’m humbled by this show of support as we kick off the new year,” said Kennedy. “From the Statehouse to the City Council, the local leaders joining my campaign provide critical insight into the priorities, challenges and opportunities that Springfield families face. I am grateful for their support and committed to being an active and engaged partner in the months to come.”

The following Springfield leaders announced their endorsements today:

City Council President Justin Hurst

“I’m proud to stand in Joe Kennedy’s corner and believe he should be our next U.S. Senator. Over the course of his career, Joe has prioritized shedding light on the inherent disparities in our communities, institutions and government. His work to build a more just, inclusive Commonwealth and country is what we need right now and why he has my full support.”

City Councilor Victor Davila

"We need a U.S. Senator that shows up in Western Massachusetts, spends the time out here to get to know constituents, and learns more about the hurdles our families face on a daily basis. Every corner of our Commonwealth is important and has different needs and priorities, but all need a strong advocate down in Washington. The best person for this job is Joe Kennedy.”

City Councilor Orlando Ramos

“Joe Kennedy is fighting to build up our neighborhoods and communities across Massachusetts. He has the innate ability to show up and lift people up. From his work in the House, to his travels back home, Congressman Kennedy has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to Massachusetts. I look forward to working with him as our next U.S. Senator."

City Councilor-at-Large Kateri Walsh

“Congressman Kennedy is a leader on so many issues at the forefront of Springfield families’ minds. From economic development to education, transportation to housing, Joe has both the knowledge and tenacity to fight for the values and causes important to our residents. I have no doubt he’ll lift up our voices down in Washington as our next U.S. Senator.”

City Councilor-at-Large Tracye Whitfield

“Congressman Kennedy has spent years in the House working to provide people the tools and opportunities to succeed. He has supported the important place community colleges and vocational training have in our education system, traveled the state to advocate for STEM education, and passed legislation to provide more opportunities for women and students of color to grow and succeed in our workforce. I’m thrilled to support his run for U.S. Senate and hope to work with him on these issues and many more long into the future.”

The above elected officials join State Senator Eric Lesser who previously announced his support for Kennedy:

State Senator Eric Lesser

“Since beginning this race, Congressman Kennedy has made it his priority to highlight and bring an end to the structural barriers the people of this Commonwealth face everyday. Throughout his career, he has been a champion of civil rights and criminal justice reform, a strong proponent of infrastructure and public transit investment, and a strong advocate for social, educational, and economic equity. I am proudly endorsing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, because I know he’ll continue to show up for the people of Western Massachusetts and fight for our needs down in Washington.”

Posted on January 19, 2020 in Press Releases.