July 9, 2018
Asserts that Mary Ann is the Progressive Champion You Want in the State House
Democratic State Representative candidate in the 15th Middlesex district, Mary Ann Stewart, receives the endorsement of Progressive Massachusetts. Progressive Massachusetts joins local progressive group, Woburn Welcomes, and statewide organizations Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and Mass Alliance, a coalition of over twenty unions, LGBTQ rights, pro-choice, health care, and environmental organizations.
“I am grateful for the endorsement of Progressive Mass,” said Stewart. “Their members understand that this race is about representing shared values of fairness, opportunity, protection for the environment, strengthening our public structures, and equality for all. Massachusetts has been a proving ground for progressive policies before and we must push onward.”
Of Mary Ann, Co-Chair of PM Elections & Endorsements Committee Jonathan Cohn said:
“Mary Ann Stewart has been a tireless advocate for quality public education for the students of Lexington and across the Commonwealth. As a former member of the Lexington School Committee and a current member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, she understands the ins and outs of crafting policy and the importance of investing in the future of the Commonwealth. But Mary Ann isn’t just an expert — she’s also an activist, and she would bring the energy and passion needed to fight to make Massachusetts a leader in progressive policy, from health care to housing, from climate change to civil rights.”
Progressive Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots organization built from the ground up by organizers and activists from across Massachusetts. Their goal is to advance equal opportunity, social and economic justice, consumer and environmental protection, health care as a right, equal access to quality public services, respect for all residents and accountable and transparent government.
Amidst a chorus of candidates claiming they are the progressive candidate, the Progressive Massachusetts endorsement further proves that Mary Ann is the most progressive candidate with the values and credentials to enact and advocate for positive change, in the 15th Middlesex District race.
The Democratic Primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. The 15th Middlesex district consists of all of Lexington and Woburn wards one and seven.
June 18, 2018
Showcases Defining Differences Between Candidates
Mary Ann Stewart, progressive Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 15th Middlesex district, received the endorsement of the Woburn Welcomes. Woburn Welcomes joins the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and Mass Alliance, a coalition of over twenty unions, LGBTQ rights, pro-choice, health care, and environmental organizations.
In a statement, Woburn Welcomes said:
“Mary Ann Stewart knows that the best policy is crafted both inside and outside the halls of power, when legislators, activists, and people come together to face common needs, and is uniquely capable of uniting those groups around bold, progressive ideas. She has lived many of the issues that most deeply affect her constituents, from the struggle to find affordable housing to the uncertainty of health coverage to the pain of the opioid crisis. That perspective, coupled with a lifelong history of activism and advocacy on education, economic justice, immigration, and the environment, make her uniquely capable of bringing policy to the people. We are proud to endorse her to continue Jay Kaufman’s legacy as a progressive voice for change in this district.”
Woburn Welcomes describes themselves on their Facebook page as a progressive group of Woburn residents committed to making sure Woburn is a community that welcomes and protects all of its residents.
The consistent support of Progressive groups is defining between the candidates, including for Michelle Ciccolo. Ciccolo has earned the support of business officials and is President and CEO of a business and development consulting company.
The Democratic Primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. The 15th Middlesex district consists of all of Lexington and Woburn, wards one and seven. For more information on Mary Ann Stewart’s campaign, voters can visit www.MaryAnnStewart.org.
April 27, 2018
Second Endorsement by Leading Progressive Organization for Stewart’s Campaign
Mary Ann Stewart, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 15th Middlesex district, received the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM). PDM joins Mass Alliance in supporting Stewart’s campaign.
“I’m proud to earn the support of leading progressive organizations such as the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts,” said Stewart. “The gathering support I’ve received will help us continue to grow our campaign for bold progressive leadership.”
PDM is a statewide network of progressive activists, dedicated to promoting economic, social, and environmental justice, truly democratic government, and progressive values in Massachusetts. Active since 2003, PDM pursues these goals through sustained grassroots work on issues at the state and local level, supporting progressive candidates, and enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of activists through trainings, network building, and collaboration with other progressive organizations.
Stewart has been touting her progressive credentials in the campaign, making note of her extensive work on education equity through the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the National PTA. She’s been a longtime activist in Lexington, working to oppose the repeal of the state income tax in 2008 and leading on better funding options for public transportation and public education.
“I’m running for State Representative because I’m committed to Lexington and Woburn’s shared values of fairness, opportunity, and equality for all people,” said Stewart. “I look forward to speaking with voters in the community about their concerns.”
The Democratic Primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. The 15th Middlesex district consists of all of Lexington and Woburn wards 1 & 7. For more information on Mary Ann Stewart’s campaign, voters can visit www.MaryAnnStewart.org.
April 4, 2018
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes, has recognized Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative for standing up for gun violence prevention and gun safety as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.
“As the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country,” Brynne Craig of Moms Demand Action wrote, “Everytown for Gun Safety’s tens of thousands of volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors, and millions of supporters are dedicated to common sense reforms that protect the 2nd Amendment and also make our communities safer.”
Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters. The official Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate logo demonstrates to voters and volunteers that Mary Ann Stewart stands for common sense gun safety.
Mary Ann said she is honored to have received this recognition from Moms Demand Action.
“Reducing and preventing gun violence is a public safety issue, not a political one. Over 35,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence and thousands more are injured. Doing more to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous histories, knowing that respecting rights and protecting people go hand-in-hand. Common-sense public safety measures make our communities safer and save lives.”
March 9, 2018
“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.