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


House of Representatives:


Special Elections 2016

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


"The ELM Action Fund was a tremendous asset to our special election state senate race in the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol district.  The assistance provided by the Campaign Fellow Program and the targeted outreach to environmentally conscious voters were enormously helpful.  The short time frame of a special election required a swift and strategic approach to voter outreach and engagement.  The ELM Action Fund moved quickly and effectively to help Senator Brady secure a resounding victory. " - Sean Shortell, Campaign Manager, Mike Brady for Senate (Fall 2015)

"As an ELM Action Fund Campaign Fellow, I gained valuable experience working first-hand with the Campaign Manager.  ELM provided me with training to help me further my understanding of how to be an effective campaign worker.  My dozens of hours with the campaign included a wide variety of activities from direct voter outreach to organizing phone banks and assisting with fundraising. This experience helped bring to life the concepts I learn about in the classroom.  I'm proud to have played a role in helping to elect an environmental champion to the state senate. " - Tom Holmes, ELM Action Fund Campaign Fellow, Suffolk University Freshman (Fall 2015)

Past Victories


We endorsed 39 Environmental Champions in fall 2014, 37 of whom won their general election.  That is a 95% success rate for general election legislative races.

Candidates-elect are listed alphabetically by last name.


Balser, Ruth (D-Newton, 12th Middlesex)

Barber, Christine (D-Somerville, 34th Middlesex)

Cullinane, Dan (D-Dorchester, 12th Suffolk)

Cutler, Josh (D-Duxbury, 6th Plymouth)

Day, Michael (D-Stoneham, 31st Middlesex)

Decker, Marjorie (D-Cambridge, 25th Middlesex)

Donahue, Dan (D-Worcester, 16th Worcester)

Dykema, Carolyn (D-Holliston, 8th Middlesex)

Ehrlich, Lori (D-Marblehead, 8th Essex)

Garballey, Sean (D-Arlington, 23rd Middlesex)

Hecht, Jonathan (D-Watertown, 29th Middlesex)

Kaufman, Jay (D-Lexington, 15th Middlesex)

Kulik, Stephen (D-Worthington, 1st Franklin)

Livingstone, Jay (D-Boston, 8th Suffolk)

Naughton, Harold (D-Clinton, 12th Worcester)

Peake, Sarah (D-Provincetown, 4th Barnstable)

Provost, Denise (D-Somerville, 27th Middlesex)

Rogers, Dave (D-Cambridge, 24th Middlsex)

Schmid, Paul (D-Westport, 8th Bristol)

Smizik, Frank (D-Brookline, 15th Norfolk)

Story, Ellen (D-Amherst, 3rd Hampshire)

Ultrino, Steven (D-Malden, 33rd Middlesex)

Vega, Aaron (D-Holyoke, 5th Hampden)

Walsh, Chris (D-Framingham, 6th Middlesex)



Barrett, Michael (D-Lexington, 3rd Middlesex)

Brownsberger, William (D-Belmont, 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex)

Creem, Cynthia (D-Newton, 1st Middlesex & Norfolk)

Donnelly, Ken (D-Arlington, 4th Middlesex)

Downing, Benjamin (D-Pittsfield, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden)

Eldridge, James (D-Acton, Middlesex & Worcester)

Jehlen, Pat (D-Somerville, 2nd Middlesex)

Lesser, Eric (D-Longmeadow, 1st Hampden & Hampshire)

Lewis, Jason (D-Winchester, 5th Middlesex)

L'Italien, Barbara (D-Andover, 2nd Essex & Middlesex)

McGee, Thomas (D-Lynn, 3rd Essex)

Pacheco, Marc (D-Taunton, 1st Plymouth & Bristol)

Wolf, Dan (D-Harwich, Cape & Islands) 

Statewide Races


George Bachrach, President of the ELM Action Fund, appears at right with Attorney General candidate Maura Healey

George Bachrach, President of the ELM Action Fund, appears at right with Attorney General candidate Maura Healey

In spring 2014, ELM Action Fund endorsee Jason Lewis won the Special Election for the 5th Middlesex Senate district. Learn more about Senator Lewis.

Past Campaigns

2013 Boston Mayoral Race

Could a Superstorm like Sandy hit Boston?  Yes.  That’s why the ELM Action Fund ran a campaign in the fall of 2013 asking both Boston mayoral finalists – Marty Walsh and John Connolly – to commit to a plan to protect Boston from the effects of climate change.