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March 6, 2020


Senator Montigny and other local leaders pledge support for Kennedy ahead of New Bedford caucus on Sunday

WATERTOWN, MA -- On Friday, State Senator Mark Montigny, Former New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang, and New Bedford City Councilors Joseph Lopes, Maria E. Giesta, Brian Gomes, and Ian Abreu endorsed Congressman Joe Kennedy III in his bid for U.S. Senate. Their support comes in advance of the New Bedford Democratic Caucus this weekend.

“I’m honored to have these leaders with me as we head into this weekend’s caucus in New Bedford,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The next Senator from Massachusetts needs to be fully aware of the issues every community faces throughout the Commonwealth, and that is not possible without the help of those who know the community best. I am grateful to have the support of these leaders, and I am committed to being an active and engaged partner in the months to come.”

State Senator Mark Montigny

"For me, it's clear that Joe is the kind of federal partner local leaders can rely on," said State Senator Mark Montigny, who represents New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and Mattapoisett. "Here in New Bedford, just like in cities and towns across Bristol and Plymouth Counties, our constituents are fighting for good jobs, fighting for better infrastructure, and fighting for better schools for their kids. Joe Kennedy will work with us to win these fights. From job security to funding for transportation and infrastructure, Joe will get the job done. I am proud to be with him in this race."

Former New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang

Joe Kennedy will provide the representation and leadership that the people of Massachusetts deserve and demand,” said Former Mayor Scott Lang. “He knows our region and he knows these communities. He will be a great champion for the people of New Bedford in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to standing with him in the coming months.”

New Bedford City Council President Joseph Lopes

"I am endorsing Joe Kennedy because he represents the kind of future I want to invest in," said City Council President Joseph Lopes. "We need new leaders -- leaders who will show up, listen, and fight tooth and nail every day for working families. I know Joe Kennedy is that kind of leader and I am proud to support him in this race."

New Bedford City Councilor At- Large Ian Abreu

“Now more than ever, we need strong, fully engaged leadership representing us in D.C.,” said City Councilor At- Large Ian Abreu. “I am confident Joe Kennedy will fight for the issues that matter to us most — from good paying jobs, to climate change, to protecting our fishing industry — and I know he will work hand-in-hand with New Bedford to deliver results. I am proud to support him in this race.”

New Bedford Ward 2 City Councilor Maria E. Giesta

“In his time as a Congressman, Joe prioritized being an active and present partner for the communities he represents," said Ward 2 City Councilor Maria E. Giesta. "That kind of federal engagement is a priority for New bedford, from our schools to our infrastructure to our public safety officials. I’m endorsing Joe today because I know he will bring new ideas and action to New Bedford, the Commonwealth, and the U.S. Senate.”

New Bedford City Councilor At-Large Brian Gomes

“Joe is in-tune with what our communities need," said City Councilor At-Large Brian Gomes. "He understands what is important to cities like New Bedford, from education, affordable housing, and more. His leadership in the U.S. Senate will ensure we have a champion on these issues.”

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, Everett City Councilor Gerly Adrien, 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.