Endorsements

August 30, 2018

The Mass NOW PAC Endorses Mary Ann Stewart, Candidate for State Representative

img_20180830_215439_3884585257630503368718.jpgThe Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (Mass NOW PAC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Mary Ann Stewart. Mary Ann is running for election to the State House in the 15th Middlesex District.

Judy Neufeld and Jamie Gaynes Co-Chairs of the Mass. NOW PAC, said: “ We are pleased to endorse Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative. Mary Ann was raised in a middle class neighborhood and understands the struggles of her constituents. She’s been an outspoken activist and advocate for many core Mass NOW issues, like Paid Family Medical Leave, better funding for education and transportation, along with advocacy for LGBTQ+ students. We know that Mary Ann will bring her passion and dedication to the state house and fight for a feminist agenda on Beacon Hill.”  

The Mass NOW PAC works to ensure that women’s rights and other social justice issues are given a voice on Beacon Hill. The Mass. NOW PAC looks forward to electing Mary Ann Stewart to her first term in the Legislature and beginning to work with her on important social justice issues.  

On receiving the Mass NOW PAC endorsement, Mary Ann Stewart says: “I’m proud to be recognized as the feminist candidate and am deeply moved by Mass NOW’s endorsement. Mass NOW and I share a common desire to end discrimination in all its forms. I’m not only a reliable vote for women’s concerns, I’ll be a reliable voice to champion the issues, as I always have.”

The Mass NOW PAC endorses candidates who are committed to NOW’s mission and priority issue areas, including reproductive freedom, racial justice, constitutional rights, economic justice, LGBT+ Rights, and ending violence against women. In order to receive the support of the Mass NOW PAC, candidates must go through a rigorous endorsement process, including a multi-issue questionnaire and an interview with PAC members.

The primary election is September 4th, 2018 and the general election is November 6, 2018. Please be sure to head to the polls and join the Mass NOW PAC in supporting Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative.


August 13, 2018

The Working Families Party Endorses Mary Ann Stewart

Stress that Mary Ann is “The Real Deal Progressive”

WFPlogoDemocratic State Representative candidate in the 15th Middlesex district, Mary Ann Stewart, receives the endorsement of the Working Families Party. The Working Families Party joins Progressive Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts, Mass Alliance (a coalition of over twenty-five leading progressive advocacy organizations including LGBTQ rights, pro-choice, labor, and environmental groups), local progressive advocacy group Woburn Welcomes, and Mass Voters for Animals in endorsing Mary Ann.  In addition, Mary Ann has the national recommendations of Moms Demand Action and #VoteProChoice.

“I am proud to earn the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” said Stewart. “I believe the Commonwealth is hungry for bold leadership and it requires elected political leaders who put forward a vision of change, and energized people to prod them forward. I will fight for an economy and a society in which all people can thrive. That means creating good jobs at decent wages. Investing in public goods, from schools to roads and bridges to water systems to parks and defending the rights and safety of all people, including immigrants and people of color. By their endorsement, the Working Families Party understands that representation matters and can transform people’s lives.”

Of Mary Ann, New England Political Director of the Working Families Party, Georgia Hollister Isman said:

“Mary Ann is the real deal progressive. We can trust her to fight for economic and racial justice in the State House, because that is just what she has been doing already. We are proud to support her.”

The Working Families Party is a national political organization that is recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The WFP plans to work in more than 1,000 races this year, large and small, in an effort to elect more progressive leaders and end Republican control of Congress and in state houses.

The Working Families Party endorsement attests that Mary Ann is the standout 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. For more information on Mary Ann Stewart’s campaign, voters can visit www.MaryAnnStewart.org.


July 16, 2018

Massachusetts Voters For Animals Endorses Mary Ann Stewart

Attests that Mary Ann Will Fiercely Defend Animal Protections

IMG_4677 (1)Democratic State Representative candidate in the 15th Middlesex district, Mary Ann Stewart, receives the endorsement of Massachusetts Voters for Animals. Mass Voters for Animals joins local progressive group, Woburn Welcomes, and statewide organizations Progressive Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and Mass Alliance, a coalition of over twenty unions, LGBTQ rights, pro-choice, health care, and environmental organizations.

“I am proud to have earned Mass Voters for Animals endorsement,” said Stewart. “I believe animals deserve respect, care, concern, and love. Included in that is often the need to protect them from harmful and cruel treatment.”

Of Mary Ann, Marge Peppercorn, spokesperson for the organization said “We feel that Mary Ann stands out as a person who truly cares about animal welfare and someone who would be a strong state house advocate for animal protection and the prevention of cruelty.”

Massachusetts Voters for Animals is the nonpartisan political arm of the animal protection movement in Massachusetts and the only animal organization in the Commonwealth that can influence elections for animal protection. Their goal is to aid candidates who support animal welfare.  

The Mass Voters for Animals endorsement affirms Mary Ann’s commitment to advocating for all of Lexington and Woburn’s creatures, great and small.

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.


July 9, 2018

Progressive Massachusetts Endorses Mary Ann Stewart

Asserts that Mary Ann is the Progressive Champion You Want in the State House

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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

Leading Progressive Group Woburn Welcomes Endorses Mary Ann Stewart

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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.


June 15, 2018

#VoteProChoice Recommends Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative in 15th Middlesex

Second national group to recommend Mary Ann’s campaign and strong pro-choice stance.

voteprochoiceAfter a lengthy process and discussion by the #VoteProChoice Team, Mary Ann Stewart has earned the #VoteProChoice Recommendation. This recommendation means that when voters in our area use their digital Voter Guide, they will see a large check mark next to Mary Ann’s name, encouraging them to vote for her.

The Voter Guide will be advertised to pro-choice voters and emailed directly to pro-choice Democrats.

“It is affirming to be recognized by #VoteProChoice and to receive their recommendation,” said Stewart. “As a long-time pro-choice advocate, and at a time when our reproductive freedoms are being threatened like never before, I know it will mean a lot to voters in our district to see that I’ve earned this recommendation.”

About Mary Ann, Anna Dardick, #VoteProChoice Electoral Campaign Coordinator said, “It has been a true pleasure to get to know Mary Ann and her campaign through this process.”

The #VoteProChoice endorsement program aims to bring into being a government in which every representative, in every office, defends reproductive freedom and fights for justice for all people. They endorse and support candidates that live up to that ideal. The #VoteProChoice website declares, “We are a prochoice nation. Let’s vote like one.”

Once again, this recommendation from a national pro-choice group 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. For more information on Mary Ann Stewart’s campaign, voters can visit www.MaryAnnStewart.org.


April 27, 2018

Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts Endorse Mary Ann StewartnamedPDMnewlogo

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.


mda-gun-sense-candidate logoApril 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.”

Learn more about Mary Ann’s campaign for State Representative​​ and where she stands on the issues.


March 9, 2018

Mass Alliance Endorses Mary Ann Stewart

Mass Alliance squareMass Alliance is a coalition of a wide range of political organizations dedicated to making Massachusetts more progressive.

“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.

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.