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February 26, 2020

GREENFIELD CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ASHLI STEMPEL ENDORSES KENNEDY FOR SENATE

Stempel was elected Greenfield City Council President in January

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Friday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III earned the endorsement of Greenfield City Council President Ashli Stempel.

“Access to resources is an important issue for Greenfield, and for Franklin County in general,” said Councilor Ashli Stempel. “As the services center of the poorest county in the state, Greenfield fights for the resources our community needs every day. One of the major reasons I’m supporting Joe is because Greenfield’s future success will require a Senator who answers our call, and, for me, that is literally Joe Kennedy.”

“I am honored to have Councilor Ashli Stempel’s support,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “With the challenges we face today, there is too much at stake for our leaders to not be fully invested in our communities. In Greenfield, Councilor Stempel brings the voices of her community into elected office every day. I am proud to have her with me in this race.”

In addition to representing the City of Greenfield, Councilor Stempel is an Associate Director at Year Up, a national nonprofit based in Boston. She was first elected to the Council in 2015 and has quickly moved up in leadership, being elected as an At-Large councilor in 2018 and elected to serve as Council President in January of this year.

Councilor Stempel adds to a growing list of young, 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 Senator Adam Hinds, State Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Jon Santiago, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia, Lawrence City Council President Kendrys Vazquez, Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, Brockton City Councilor Rita Mendes, Springfield City Councilors Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez and Trayce Whitfield, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, 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.

Joe has offered a progressive policy platform on the major issues facing Massachusetts families. Read more here.

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 Senator Adam Hinds, State Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Jon Santiago, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia, Lawrence City Council President Kendrys Vazquez, Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, Brockton City Councilor Rita Mendes, Springfield City Councilors Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez and Trayce Whitfield, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, and many others.

He continues to stand proudly with labor in the fight for jobs, fair wages and real economic justice. Kennedy is organized labor’s pick in this race, having been endorsed by 26 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, 223, 455, 326, 2325, 2321, 1499, & 2222, 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, the Norfolk County Regional Labor Council, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and Eastern Millwrights Regional 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 five campaign offices across the state, with more to come. With offices in Roxbury, Watertown, Lowell, Worcester and Springfield 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 26, 2020 in Press Releases.