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March 5, 2020

EVERETT CITY COUNCILOR GERLY ADRIEN ENDORSES KENNEDY FOR SENATE

Councilor Adrien is the first Black, Haitian-American female City Councilor At-Large to represent the City of Everett

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Thursday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III earned the endorsement of Everett City Councilor At-Large Gerly Adrien.

"Joe Kennedy is committed to making sure everyone has a seat at the table," said City Councilor At-Large Gerly Adrien. "Whether we are fixing our public school system, supporting minority owned small businesses, or improving the quality of life for the people we represent, it is so important that as elected officials we listen and understand the real impact these issues have on our communities. Joe Kennedy is committed to bringing new people into the process. He listens. He shows up. And that is why I am proud to support him in this race."

Councilor Gerly Adrien is the first member of her family to graduate from college, earning a degree from Bentley University where she won the Hartnett Family Business Plan Award and was named a National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Distinguished Collegian Scholar. In November, Adrien defeated two incumbents to finish in the top spot in the At-Large race. She is the first Black, Haitian-American female City Councilor At-Large for the City of Everett.

In February, Councilor Adrien hosted a Listen and Learn Roundtable in Everett with Congressman Kennedy. The two joined local leaders and community members to tour local businesses on Main Street, celebrate Black History Month, and discuss the issues people in communities like Everett face every day.

“I am running for Senate because we need leaders who are fully invested in our communities at home and fully in tune with their challenges and needs,” said Congressman Kennedy. “We need to do more to tear down the structural barriers that black and brown families face every single day. We need to do more to relieve the crushing burden of student loan debt on this generation. We need to do more to build a health care system that protects every family that calls this country home. From Medicare-for-All to progressive education reform, Councilor Adrien and I share a deep commitment to public policy that centers equity and inclusion. I am honored to have her with me in this race.”

Councilor Adrien 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, Greenfield City Council President Ashli Stempel, 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, Greenfield City Council President Ashli Stempel, 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 27 labor unions across the Commonwealth, including: the Massachusetts Laborers, the Machinists Statewide Council, Machinists Local 264, Teamsters Local 25, Sprinkler Fitters 550, 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 March 5, 2020 in Press Releases.