Campaign Announcement

Mary Ann Stewart announces candidacy for State Rep in 15th Middlesex

Seeking office long held by retiring Representative Jay Kaufman

LEXINGTON— Mary Ann Stewart, a longtime activist and Lexington Democrat, has announced her candidacy today for State Representative for the 15th Middlesex District. The district is currently represented by Jay Kaufman, who announced last month that he will not seek reelection when his term ends.

“We’ve been boldly represented by Jay Kaufman for more than a generation, and I heartily thank him for his service,” she said. “It has been our good fortune that Jay has been an effective leader who has tirelessly stood up for our values. His impact will be felt for many years to come.”

The 15th Middlesex District is comprised of nine precincts in Lexington and Wards 1&7 in Woburn.

“The causes Rep. Kaufman supported, and the issues we face in our district and beyond, still need a courageous leader who isn’t afraid to speak up and make change.”

Stewart says she will champion three causes for the community:

  • Fair and adequate education funding for each child.
  • Responsible energy policy that protects and sustains our environment and natural resources, as it reduces the impact of climate change.
  • Social justice and equal opportunity for economically disadvantaged, incarcerated, and vulnerable populations regardless of gender, religious identity, race, place of origin, or sexual orientation.

Stewart has been called upon to play a leadership role in key areas. After holding office in local, state, and national PTA associations, and on the Lexington School Committee, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her in 2014 as the parent representative on the state Board of Education. The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition asked her to serve as one of the lead signers of its Fair Share Amendment initiative, which establishes a new “millionaires’ tax” to provide needed funding for education and transportation.

“Serving as a state representative will allow me to further extend my leadership on issues of critical importance to our families and our future,” Stewart says. “After consulting friends, neighbors, and my family, I am energized and ready to accept this challenge. With the help of voters in the 15th Middlesex, I can succeed.”

Mary Ann Stewart has been an elected member of Lexington’s Town Meeting for the past 12 years and worked on the Revenue Working Group of Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts beginning in 2007. She has been a prominent voice in education, serving on Governor Deval Patrick’s Whole Child Subcommittee, as a twice-elected School Committee member and Chair, and president of Massachusetts PTA. She is currently serving as Governor Patrick’s Parent Representative appointee on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and completed a two-year term as the Northeast Area Director for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), to which she was nominated by her State Board colleagues and elected by Northeast Area State Board peers.

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