Political Campaigns 2016
While it was a difficult day on the national level, here in Massachusetts we had a successful Election Day in which we helped to elect six new environmental champions and re-elect six incumbent champions who had tough races. We worked in districts across the state to promote incumbents and challengers who support our work and we educated voters about incumbents who had poor voting records on the environment. Most importantly we helped to build the power of the environmental movement so that we can hold our elected leaders accountable in the next legislative session and ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the country on environmental issues.
We are excited about four of our endorsed candidates who won hard fought races for open House of Representatives seats: Natalie Higgins (Leominster); Dylan Fernandes (Falmouth); Joan Meschino (Hull); and Jack Patrick Lewis (Framingham) . They join Solomon Goldstein-Rose (Amherst) who won in the primary and was unopposed. In addition, our endorsed candidate Julian Cyr won an open Senate seat on the Cape, overcoming a late barrage of outside spending targeted at him. In all these races, the ELM Action Fund and the ELM Action Fund PAC worked to contact, pursue and turnout environmental voters.
We are also pleased to report that we were successful in six Senate and House races where our endorsed candidates won very competitive races. On the Senate side, three of our endorsed environmental champions Senator Anne Gobi (Spencer); Senator Eric Lesser (Longmeadow) and Senator Barbara L'Italien (Andover) were able to defeat strong challengers. On the House side our endorsed champions Representative Cory Atkins (Concord), Representative Dan Donahue (Worcester) and Representative Mike Day (Stoneham) all won tough races. These Senate candidates and Representative Atkins all received support from the ELM Action Fund Independent Expenditure PAC which used mailings and social media to pursue and turnout environmental voters.
Finally, we want to thank the nine candidates who ran but were not successful We are grateful for their willingness to run for public office and their commitment to supporting environmental issues.
- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Democrat of Amherst in the Hampshire Franklin Worcester Senate District.
- Julian Cyr, Democrat of Truro in the Cape and Islands Senate District.
- Senator Jamie Eldridge, Democrat of Acton in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
- Senator Anne Gobi, Democrat of Spencer in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex District.
- Adam Hinds, Democrat in the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden District.
- Senator Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville in the 2nd Middlesex District.
- Senator Eric Lesser, Democrat of Longmeadow in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District.
- Senator Jason Lewis, Democrat of Winchester in the 5th Middlesex District.
- Senator Barbara L'Italien, Democrat of Andover in the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District.
- Senator Marc Pacheco, Democrat of Taunton in the 1st Plymouth Bristol District.
- Senator Bruce Tarr, Republican of Gloucester in the 1st Essex Middlesex District.
House of Representatives:
- Representative Cory Atkins, Democrat of Concord in the 14th Middlesex District.
- Representative Ruth Balser, Democrat of Newton in the 12th Middlesex District
- Representative Christine Barber, Democrat of Somerville in the 34th Middlesex district
- Representative Tom Calter, Democrat of Kingston in the 12th Plymouth District.
- Representative Jim Cantwell, Democrat of Marshfield in the 4th Plymouth District.
- Representative Daniel Cullinane, Democrat of Dorchester in the 12th Suffolk District.
- Representative Josh Cutler, Democrat of Duxbury in the 6th Plymouth District.
- Representative Angelo D’Emilia, Republican of Bridgewater in the 8th Plymouth District.
- Representative Mike Day, Democrat of Stoneham in the 31st Middlesex District.
- Representative Marjorie Decker, Democrat of Cambridge in the 25th Middlesex District.
- Moses Dixon, Democrat of Worcester in the 17th Worcester District.
- Representative Dan Donahue, Democrat of Worcester in the 16th Worcester District.
- Representative Carolyn Dykema, Democrat of Holliston in the 8th Middlesex District.
- Representative Lori Ehrlich, Democrat of Marblehead in the 8th Essex District.
- Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat in the 3rd Berkshire District.
- Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Republican of Holden in the 1st Worcester District.
- Dylan Fernandes, Democrat of Falmouth in the Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket District.
- Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Democrat of Amherst in the 3rd Hampshire District.
- Representative Kenneth Gordon, Democrat of Bedford in the 21st Middlesex District.
- Representative Danielle Gregoire, Democrat of Marlborough in the 4th Middlesex District.
- Representative Stephan Hay, Democrat of Fitchburg in the 3rd Worcester District.
- Representative Jonathan Hecht, Democrat of Watertown in the 29th Middlesex District.
- Sarah Hewins, Democrat of Carver in the 2nd Plymouth District.
- Natalie Higgins, Democrat of Leominster in the 4th Worcester District.
- Paul Jacques, Democrat of Rehoboth in the 4th Bristol District.
- Aaron Kanzer, Democrat of Barnstable in the 2nd Barnstable District.
- Representative Mary Keefe, Democrat of Worcester in the 15th Worcester District.
- Jack Patrick Lewis, Democrat of Framingham in the 7th Middlesex District.
- Representative Jay Livingstone, Democrat of Boston, in the 8th Suffolk District.
- Representative Adrian Madaro, Democrat of East Boston, in the 1st Suffolk District.
- Joan Meschino, Democrat of Hull in the 3rd Plymouth District.
- Paul Moody, Democrat of Hanover in the 5th Plymouth District.
- Kara Nyman, Democrat of Hanover in the 5th Plymouth District.
- Matt Patrick, Democrat of Falmouth in the 3rd Barnstable District.
- Representative Denise Provost, Democrat of Somerville in the 27th Middlesex District.
- Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Democrat of Lenox in the 4th Berkshire District.
- Representative Dave Rogers, Democrat of Cambridge in the 24th Middlesex District.
- Representative Paul Schmid, Democrat of Westport in the 8th Bristol District.
- Representative John Scibak, Democrat of South Hadley in the 2nd Hampshire District.
- Representative Frank Smizik, Democrat of Brookline in the 15th Norfolk District.
- Representative Thomas Stanley, Democrat of Waltham in the 9th Middlesex District.
- Mike Toole, a Norton Democrat in the 1st Bristol District.
- Representative Tim Toomey, Democrat of Cambridge in the 26th Middlesex District.