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February 14, 2020

WORCESTER CITY COUNCILOR SARAI RIVERA ENDORSES KENNEDY FOR SENATE

Cites shared commitment to communities that are “oppressed and disregarded”

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Friday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III earned the endorsement of District 4 Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera.

“I am standing with Joe Kennedy because we need someone that can connect with communities, particularly marginalized communities, and bring their collective voices to Washington, D.C. in true partnership,” said City Councilor Sarai Rivera. “Joe will continue his ongoing commitment and fierce advocacy for the issues that impact our communities such as health disparities, student debt forgiveness, a wealth tax, decriminalizing migration, repealing these endless war authorizations and dramatic democracy reforms like ending the electoral college and eliminating the filibuster.”

“I am honored to have Councilor Sarai Rivera’s endorsement,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy. “From increasing access to mental health coverage for young people in her district to advocating for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, she is a tireless advocate for those who are all too often left out of the political process. I am proud to have her with me in this race.”

“Joe will also take a lead on the immediate consideration of reforms to PROMESA, including allowing the Puerto Rican government to make day-to-day decisions rather than an unelected, unaccountable financial board, a halt on debt payments until an independent audit of the financial board has been completed, and giving preference to protecting pensions and critical health and education programs from being underfunded or impacted through drastic cuts,” Councilor Rivera added. “Joe’s leading efforts in Congress to strengthen mental health parity, increase transparency in behavioral health coverage, and guarantee coverage for our young people have been a genuine demonstration of his inclusiveness and regard for those often oppressed and disregarded. We need his advocacy in the Senate and I am proud to endorse him in this race.”

Councilor Mendes adds to a growing list of new, diverse, and rising 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, Brockton City Councilor Rita Mendes, 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.”


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 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, Brockton City Councilor Rita Mendes, 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 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.