Downing Releases Slate of Statewide Endorsements

For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2021

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Emphasizes commitment to building a broad, determined coalition in every corner of the Commonwealth

East Boston, MA — After releasing a slate of 22 new endorsers from across Massachusetts, former state senator, clean energy business leader, and current gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing released the following statement:

“This campaign is powered by grassroots energy from local advocates across the Commonwealth who see and feel the need for responsive leadership at the state level,” Downing stated. “I am proud to receive the endorsements of municipal leaders, statewide elected officials, and dedicated public servants who are joining in our work to make Massachusetts a national leader on climate action, economic equity, and racial justice.”

From Western Massachusetts to our vibrant Gateway Cities, this first slate of endorsements signifies our commitment to often overlooked regions of the state,” Downing continued. “Like so many voters across the Commonwealth, these supporters know this race marks a true opportunity to pick up the policy-making table and bring it to people historically excluded in Massachusetts—and that we don’t have time to sit on the sidelines.”

“For too long, the smallest city in Massachusetts has borne the environmental, transit and housing burden for the region,” said Chelsea City Councilor Damali Vidot. “COVID in Chelsea was a rude awakening to what happens when state leadership turns a blind eye to environmental, poverty, and other social woes. It is incredibly refreshing to see a gubernatorial candidate prioritize the needs of Gateway Cities like the one I proudly represent. I am down with Downing because the Governor’s office has lacked empathetic & inclusive leadership willing to address the unique challenges in ALL 351 cities it is responsible for.”

“After hearing Ben speak on his bold agenda, on the issues, I knew he was the right choice to give forgotten communities like mine a seat at the table in their own future,” said Holyoke City Councilor-Elect Will Puello. “Together, he will lead us in building a Massachusetts that’s first in climate, racial justice, and the issues that matter to us most! Estamos contigo Ben!”

“Today, I’m proud to endorse my friend Ben Downing for Governor,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues. “Ben will bring the type of urgent, empathetic leadership we need across Massachusetts and especially in our Gateway Cities. There’s no one better prepared to deliver a just and equitable recovery from the pandemic and a stronger tomorrow for Fall River, Bristol and Plymouth Counties, and our state as a whole.”

“I’m supporting Ben for Governor because I’ve seen firsthand his commitment to the people of Massachusetts,” said State Representative Paul Mark. “I worked side by side with Ben representing a gateway city and some of the smallest towns in this Commonwealth and his commitment to ensuring that every person had a voice, regardless of ZIP code, was unwavering. Ben is a leader when it comes to fighting for a clean environment and jobs in the renewable energy sector. Ben fought to expand broadband access in our communities and to make sure that no child was denied opportunities for a quality education. Ben has the vision we need to move Massachusetts forward as Governor.”

The full list of endorsements can be found here and below:

  • State Senator Michael Rodrigues
  • Former State Senator Robert O’Leary
  • State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
  • State Representative Smitty Pignatelli
  • State Representative Paul Mark
  • State Representative John Barrett III
  • Former State Representative Dan Bosley
  • Former State Representative Candidate Patrick Beaudry
  • Chelsea City Councilor Damali Vidot
  • Chelsea City Councilor Enio Lopez
  • Former Chelsea City Council Candidate María Belén Power
  • Beverly City Councilor Kathleen Feldman
  • Holyoke City Councilor-Elect Will Puello
  • Newton City Councilor Joshua Krintzman
  • North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb
  • Wakefield Town Councilor Julie Smith-Galvin
  • Pittsfield City Councilor Pete White
  • Pittsfield City Councilor Kevin Sherman
  • Pittsfield City Councilor Yuki Cohen
  • Former Brockton City Councilor Jean Bradley Derenoncourt
  • Former Cambridge City Council Candidate Joe McGuirk
  • Former Taunton City Council Candidate Tanya Lobo