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. 

Click here for the complete list of our endorsed candidates and the outcomes of their races.  

Legislative Races


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Special Elections 2016

March 2, 2016-Tom Walsh Wins Special Election to House of Representatives