A representative for state Sen. Katherine Clark, one of seven Democrats vying for the U.S. House seat vacated this summer by Edward J. Markey, has reported the following about the Melrose candidate. She has been endorsed by Emily's List, by American Postal Workers Union Local 100 and by the Melrose Democratic City Committee. She also called on Congress to take action on gun control.
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The postal workers' support from the Boston Metro Area was reported Sept. 23:
The union's 2,200 members say Clark will stand up to extremist Republicans in Congress attacking women’s rights and change the conversation to creating jobs, securing pay equity for women, investing in early education and increasing the minimum wage.
"Workers are still recovering from the damage done to our economy," said Paul Kilduff, president of the APWU Local 100, in a news release. "We’re supporting
Katherine Clark for Congress because she understands that the country will recover by taking steps in Washington to grow the middle class -- not by repealing Obamacare and shutting down the government."
Clarke was endorsed earlier by the Women's Campaign Fund, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan; and state Rep. Marjorie Decker, Democrat of Cambridge; the Winchester Democratic Town Committee, IBEW locals 2222, 2321 and 123; the United Steelworkers Union Local 12012, Ironworkers Local 7, NAGE/IBPO/SEIU Local 5000 and Teamsters Local 25.
On Sept. 23, she said of gun control:
"President Obama is absolutely right that men, women and children are dying from gun violence without the headlines. We have to pull together and demand change in Washington, because we cannot continue to let gun violence kill eight children every day.
"It’s incredibly disappointing that extremist Republicans continue to bow to the National Rifle Association while children die every day from gun violence. It’s unbelievable that while children are dying every day from gun violence Congress cannot even pass the most basic gun control reform supported by more than eighty percent of Americans: universal background checks."
The other Democratic candidates are Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, state Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford, state Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland and Will Brownsberger of Belmont, as well as Martin Long of Arlington and Paul John Maisano of Stoneham.
The mostly suburban, heavily Democratic Fifth Congressional District, including Arlington, stretches from Winthrop to Holliston.
This story was published Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.