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March 6, 2020


Mayor Kim Driscoll and other local leaders pledge support for Kennedy ahead of Salem caucus on Saturday

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Thursday evening, Salem School Committee Member Manny Cruz endorsed Congressman Joe Kennedy III in his bid for U.S. Senate, adding to the growing list of elected officials from Salem to endorse Kennedy. Committee Member Cruz joins Mayor Kim Driscoll and Councilors Bob McCarthy, Ty Hapworth, Josh Turiel, and Domingo Dominguez, who all endorsed Kennedy in January.

“I’m humbled by this show of support as we prepare for this weekend's caucuses in Salem,” said Congressman Kennedy. “From the Mayor’s office to City Council to the School Committee, these leaders joining my campaign provide critical insight into the priorities, challenges and opportunities our communities face. I am grateful for their support and committed to being an active and engaged partner in the months to come.”

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll

"I am enthusiastically supporting Joe Kennedy in his bid for U.S. Senate," said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. "Joe is no stranger to the needs of cities and towns in Massachusetts. I know he'll be a strong and influential voice in Washington for coastal cities like Salem, fighting the impacts of climate change; working to provide safe and affordable housing, and supporting strategies that improve access to good jobs and small business growth. We need a Senator in Washington, D.C. who understands local challenges and is committed to partnering on initiatives that will mobilize our economy in a sustainable and climate resilient manner. I know Joe Kennedy will not only make addressing climate change a top priority, but will be here to understand the real impact it has on our neighborhoods. I am proud to be with him in this race."

Salem City Council President Bob McCarthy

"Joe Kennedy is the kind of leader that our country and Commonwealth need,” said City Council President Bob McCarthy. “Not only is he committed to smart, progressive public policy on everything from housing to infrastructure to climate, he’ll work to ensure seaside communities like Salem continue to grow and thrive.”

Salem City Councilor At-Large Ty Hapworth

“Congressman Kennedy knows that for so many towns and cities across Massachusetts, smart growth and planning is key,” said Councilor At-Large Ty Hapworth. “Many public policy issues are intersectional from housing, to climate change, to transportation. We need an advocate on the federal level that gets our needs and will be a strong, reliable partner to those in local government. I’m confident Joe will be that partner.”

Salem City Councilor At-Large Domingo Dominguez

"Joe Kennedy is the kind of leader who delivers results," said Councilor Domingo Dominguez. "As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, I am committed to tackling the issues that impact those usually left out of our political process. From making sure that everyone in our communities can afford to live here, no matter where they are from or what language they speak, to fighting to save our environmental justice communities from the impacts of carbon emissions, I know Joe Kennedy will lead the charge. I am proud to throw my support behind him for U.S. Senate."

Salem Ward 5 City Councilor Josh Turiel

“Senator Markey has served Massachusetts well, but it’s time for more active leadership and a new generation of leaders,” said City Councilor Josh Turiel. “I admire Joe Kennedy’s passion and commitment to Salem and other communities, and I think that we need that in our Senators. Congressman Kennedy is ready to get the Senate moving again and that’s what’s best for Massachusetts and the country.”

Salem School Committee Member Manny Cruz

“I am proud to both endorse and support Congressman Joe Kennedy," said School Committee Member Manny Cruz. "Joe knows how important it is for the federal government to invest in our public schools and to expand access to early education. Joe Kennedy deeply understands the achievement and opportunity gaps facing our students in the Commonwealth and is working diligently to bring diverse stakeholders to the table to address equity in our educational system. Joe will be a strong champion for our public schools, our educators, our students, and our families in the Senate.”

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 6, 2020 in Press Releases.