We’re thrilled to announce our first major endorsement! Mass Alliance is a coalition of a wide range of political organizations dedicated to making Massachusetts more progressive. Here’s how the announcement ran in the Press Release:
BOSTON — Mass Alliance, a coalition of a wide range of political organizations dedicated to making Massachusetts more progressive, is proud to announce its endorsement of Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative.
“Mary Ann has been a tireless leader in her community and across Massachusetts for public education, transportation, revenue, and working families”, explains Jordan Berg Powers, Executive Director of Mass Alliance. “Serving as a State Representative will enable Mary Ann to further extend her leadership within the Progressive Caucus in the State House.”
Mass Alliance member organizations advocate on a wide variety of issues, including civic participation, civil rights, economic justice, education, environmental issues, healthcare, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, and workers’ rights. They provide clear leadership for the progressive community, cultivate and empower progressive leaders, and assist them in ultimately winning their elections.
Mary Ann is a longtime activist and Lexington Democrat who announced her candidacy for State Representative for the 15th Middlesex District last December. The district is currently represented by Jay Kaufman, who announced last November that he will not seek re-election. The District is comprised of all nine precincts in Lexington and Wards 1 & 7 in Woburn.
Mary Ann’s long record of accomplishments include being elected to Lexington Town Meeting for the past 12 years and serving on the Revenue Working Group of Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts since 2007. A prominent voice in education, she has held office in PTAs at the local, state, and national level and was elected twice to Lexington’s School Committee, and served as its chair. In 2006, Governor Deval Patrick named Mary Ann to the Whole Child Subcommittee, and in 2014 appointed her as one of his legacy members to the Massachusetts Board of Education. As one of eleven voting members on the Board, she has been a fierce advocate for public education, fighting everyday for families and students, and for our public schools. As a member of the Board’s Budget Subcommittee, Mary Ann prioritized the Department’s $5 billion budget for K-12 education. She is leading Massachusetts’ efforts to obtain better funding for public transportation and education as one of ten original signers of the Fair Share Amendment (“millionaire’s tax”).
Mary Ann and her husband Duncan have lived in Lexington for the past twenty-four years. Their three children, now young adults, attended Lexington’s Public Schools, as did Duncan, who was born and raised there. They chose to make the Town their home because they were drawn to its history, strong neighborhood schools, and dedication to the environment.
“As the clear progressive candidate in this race, I’m honored to receive the Mass Alliance endorsement. Big challenges lie ahead. Massachusetts has been a proving ground for progressive policies and we must continue to push onward and not lose ground.”