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More unions, female reps endorse Garballey


UPDATED, June 19: State Rep. Sean Garballey, Democrat of Arlington and West Medford, has received further endorsement for his state-Senate candidacy.

They are from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter, Teamsters Local 25, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 264, the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists (MOSES), Pipefitters Local 537, Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local Union No. 17, Mass-Care, Grey2K USA, Massachusetts Police Association, Woburn Firefighters Local 971 and Billerica Firefighters Local 1495.

Pleased with this support, he said in a news release Monday, June 19: "I have a longstanding record of fighting for workers in the House of Representatives, and I look forward to continuing this work in the state Senate."

Backing from Mayor Walsh, legislators

The release added that Garballey also received the endorsement of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who said, "Sean was one of the most impressive legislators I worked with during my time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives."

A series of Democratic female legislators have endorsed Garballey in this race. The release quoted a number of them.

Representative Patricia Haddad, the speaker pro tempore of Somerset, said, "Garballey has our support because of his direct legislative experience in working on passing pay-equity legislation, increasing the minimum wage, working to pass paid family and medical leave, and improving women's health care."

Also noted in the release are Reps. Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester, Marjorie Decker of Cambridge, Christine Barber of Somerville, Ruth Balser and Kay Khan of Newton, Sarah Peake of Provincetown, Kate Hogan of Stow, Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Natalie Higgins of Leominster, Mary Keefe of Worcester, Claire Cronin of Easton, Carole Fiola of Fall River, Danielle Gregoire of Marlborough, Denise Garlick of Needham, RoseLee Vincent of Revere, Juana Matias of Lawrence, Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen, Carolyn Dykema of Holliston and Diana Dizoglio of Methuen.

The release said Garballey previously gained the endorsement of the majority of legislators in the 4th Middlesex District. They include state Reps. Jim Dwyer of Woburn and Ken Gordon of Burlington, as well as former state Reps. Carol Donovan of Woburn, Charles Murphy of Burlington and Bill Greene of Billerica.

Town firefighters Local 1297 endorse Garballey 

Garballey received the endorsement of the Arlington firefighters' union on Tuesday, May 9.

Union President Rob Dustin of Arlington Firefighters Local 1297 announced, “We endorsed Sean because of his unwavering support for labor issues through his years in the House of Representatives. We know he’ll fight just as hard for working people in the Senate.”

The support came as Garballey kicked off his campaign Friday, May 12, at the Sons of Italy. More than 500 people attended, Garballey told YourArlington. 

The endorsement joins those of the Massachusetts Nurses’ Association, the largest union of nurses and health professionals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Garballey, who has been serving as state Representative for the 23rd Middlesex District for the last nine years, announced his candidacy to fill the vacancy left by state Senator Ken Donnelly on April 18.

“I am honored to receive this endorsement,” said Garballey, “Especially as Ken was a firefighter himself, it means a great deal to have the support of Arlington firefighters.” 

Endorsing Garballey are Selectmen Kevin Greeley and Diane Mahon as well as School Committee members Paul Schlichtman and Bill Hayner.

The special election to fill Donnelly’s Senate seat will be on July 25, 2017. Party primary elections will be held on June 27.  

 April 18, 2017: Rep. Garballey launches campaign

April 8, 2017: 200 firefighters honor Donnelly at Town Hall before wake

This news announcement was published Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and was updated May 13 as well as June 19.

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