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February 14, 2020

BROCKTON CITY COUNCILOR RITA MENDES ENDORSES KENNEDY FOR SENATE

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Friday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III earned the endorsement of Brockton City Councilor At-Large Rita Mendes.

“Joe Kennedy is committed to elevating the voices of those who are often forgotten in politics,” said City Councilor At-Large Rita Mendes. “As a mother and immigrant, I trust in Joe’s vision for the Commonwealth, and I trust that he will have Brockton’s best interests in mind as our Senator.”

“I am honored to have Councilor Rita Mendes’s support,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “Whether we are fighting the opioid epidemic, fixing our transportation system, or ensuring our children have access to high quality education, it’s important we have leaders willing to step up and lead the fight. I know City Councilor Mendes tackles the hard issues head-on, and I am so proud to have her support in this race.”

Councilor Mendes adds to a growing list of new, diverse, progressive leaders in Massachusetts to endorse Kennedy for Senate. On the campaign trail, he has earned endorsements from State Senator Eric Lesser, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, State Representative Jon Santiago, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia, Springfield City Councilors Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez and Trayce Whitfield, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez and many others.

“All across the nation, there is a rising generation of leaders reshaping our politics,” said Kennedy. “As we gear up to address the hardest issues of our generation -- like fighting climate change, building better public school systems, and working to ensure housing is affordable for all -- it is critical we build and unite the broad coalition that is required to actually achieve progressive reform. I am proud to stand with so many rising leaders in Massachusetts, and I look forward to the big things we will do together in the future.”

Earlier this week, Congressman Kennedy joined Councilor Rita Mendes, Brockton Ward 5 City Councilor Jeffrey Thompson, and other local leaders in Brockton for a small business tour and roundtable discussion at Sunset Cafe.


From the Trail:

Joe is running an energetic, diverse, inclusive, tireless and creative grassroots campaign across the entire state.

In just the first 90 days, Joe visited over 70 cities and has not slowed down. In January alone, he held 13 town hall meetings, with crowds of several hundred, in every corner of the state -- two completely in Spanish.

Joe continues to prioritize places and people that are all too often left out of the political process. He has spent his time visiting immigrant families working to make ends meet in Chelsea and Everett, veterans struggling to access proper mental health care in Somerville and Holyoke, working men and women on the picket line in Lawrence and Dedham, individuals with developmental disabilities in Brockton, and fishermen fighting for their future in Gloucester. He has visited community health centers, shelters, and clinics on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic in North Adams, Hyannis, Fitchburg and Boston. He has discussed environmental justice in Chelsea and Roxbury, racial disparities in maternal healthcare in Worcester, criminal justice in Springfield and clean energy in New Bedford.

On the trail, he continues to earn the support from a rising generation of diverse, progressive leaders across Massachusetts, including: State Senator Eric Lesser, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, State Representative Jon Santiago, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia, Springfield City Councilors Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez and Trayce Whitfield, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez and many others.

He continues to stand proudly with labor in the fight for jobs, fair wages and real economic justice. Joe is organized labor’s choice in this race, having been endorsed by 19 labor unions across the Commonwealth, including: the Massachusetts Laborers, the Machinists Statewide Council, Machinists Local 264, Teamsters Local 25, Pipefitters Local 537, IBEW 103, 104, 1505, 445 & 223, UWA 369, Carmen Union 589, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, IUOE Local 4 & UFCW local 791, the Boston Musicians Association Local 9-535, Ironworkers Local 7, the Plymouth/Bristol County Regional Labor Council and the Norfolk County Regional Labor Council.

Joe is grateful for the support of a diverse group of his colleagues in Congress, from civil rights hero John Lewis to Progressive Caucus Chair Mark Pocan, New England colleagues Annie Kuster and David Cicilline, LBGTQ Caucus Leader Sean Patrick Maloney and rising leaders Joaquin Castro and Stephanie Murphy.

Kennedy for Massachusetts has opened up four campaign offices across the state, with more to come. With offices in Roxbury, Watertown, Lowell and Worcester so far, Kennedy for Massachusetts has prioritized building a strong local presence in every corner of the state, which will serve as the foundation of a massive grassroots operation.

Joe shows up. Joe listens. Joes will do more than fight for you -- he’ll fight with you.

Posted on February 14, 2020 in Press Releases.