Sue Chalifoux-Zephir Endorsed by Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC

BOSTON – The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed She Chalifoux-Zephir of Leominster in the election for the Worcester and Middlesex State Senate district, a credit to her commitment to the environment.

“Sue Chalifoux-Zephir is a dedicated member of her community,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that in cities like Leominster and across the state we need to build a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Sue Chalifoux-Zephir has the passion and the knowledge to keep Massachusetts in the lead on environmental issues,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “She understands the value of open space and land conservation, but also knows that a healthy environment and a healthy economy can go hand in hand.”

Sue began her career in public service fighting to preserve open space and protect clean water in North Central Massachusetts. In the State Senate, she'll stand up to special interests and support policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption, encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency, create new jobs in the green energy economy, and protect open space in North Central Massachusetts. Sue will support policies and technologies that help reduce the carbon impact of our transportation sector, which is now the largest greenhouse gas emitter in our economy, to help Massachusetts achieve the goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050.

"As the federal government continues to ignore the threat of climate change, it’s critical that state leaders do more to protect our environment," said Sue. "We have a moral obligation to protect our air, water, and natural resources for future generations, and the growing clean energy industry is a great opportunity for economic growth in North Central Massachusetts."

Sue Chalifoux-Zephir is a lifelong resident of Leominster, mother of three, and grandmother of two. She is the Executive Director of Ginny's Helping Hand, a nonprofit food pantry, and serves on the board of the Leominster Education Foundation and is a trustee of the Leominster Public Library. She is currently a City Councilor-at-Large in Leominster. To learn more about Sue, please visit her website at sue4senate.com.

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that help pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, hold our elected officials accountable, and work to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

Tommy Vitolo Endorsed by Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC

BOSTON – The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Tommy Vitolo of Brookline in the election for the 15th Norfolk State Representative district, a credit to his commitment to the environment.

“Tommy understands the importance of moving Massachusetts toward a clean energy future,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "He knows that towns like Brookline and across the state will benefit from a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Tommy has made the environment a priority in the town of Brookline,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “He will continue to stand up for green spaces and renewable energy in the State House.”

As a Town Meeting Member, Tommy has had 9 warrant articles enacted into law. These include requiring new and renovated roofs to be solar panel ready and doubling the amount of renewable electricity Brookline ratepayers receive from Eversource from 25 to 50 percent. As an environmental professional, Tommy will bring expertise and leadership on environmental issues to the legislature. He understands the urgency of addressing climate change, and will champion clean energy policy and preserving our green spaces.

"I'm honored to be endorsed by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund," said Tommy. "A Trump presidency means that states like Massachusetts must lead the way. I'm eager to work alongside advocates in our state legislature on some of the same issues I've worked on in our local legislature -- combating climate change, preserving green and open space, and reducing air and water pollution."

Tommy attended North Carolina State, where he earned three bachelor’s degrees and met his wife, Jenn. After earning a master’s degree in Ireland as a Mitchell Scholar, Tommy enrolled in a PhD program at Boston University’s College of Engineering in 2002.He has worked at Synapse Energy for the past eight years, providing technical analysis and advice on energy matters to public interest clients such as attorneys general and environmental advocates. Tommy has spent that time fighting for utility customers and for cleaner environmental outcomes around the country. To learn more about Tommy visit his website at tommyvitolo.com.

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that help pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, hold our elected officials accountable, and work to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

Sabrina Heisey Endorsed by Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC

BOSTON – The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Sabrina Heisey of Dracut in the election for State Representative in the 36th Middlesex, a credit to her commitment to the environment. 

“Sabrina understands the importance of our state investing in clean energy, sustainable transportation, and parks to help address climate change, create jobs, and build healthier communities,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that towns in the 36th Middlesex and across the state will benefit from a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Sabrina is a passionate community leader who understands the importance of preserving our environment for the next generation,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “She has the long-term vision that we need in the State House.”

Sabrina is committed to protecting the Massachusetts environment for future generations. She will work to increase environmental funding in the state budget and move us toward a clean energy future.

"I am so appreciative to have the ELM Action Fund in my corner," said Heisey. "I am passionate about making sure Massachusetts leads the nation in the fighting to protect our environment and as a legislator, I will be there on the right side of the policy making decisions. I look at my 6 children and I know in my soul that we must do everything we can to leave them a clean, safe, healthy environment to pass on. It is our greatest legacy." 

Sabrina has lived in Dracut for 11 years with her husband and their six children. Sabrina is a founder of the Greater Lowell League of Women Voters, a director of the Dracut Mom's Group, a Girl Scout leader, and an elected member of the Dracut School Committee. Her decision to run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives is a direct result of her passion for community engagement and working towards a brighter future for Massachusetts residents.She currently manages grants and budgets for scientific research at Children's Hospital.To learn more about Sabrina, visit her website at www.sabrinaheisey.com.

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that help pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, hold our elected officials accountable, and work to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

Michelle Ciccolo Endorsed by Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC

BOSTON – The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Michelle Ciccolo of Lexington in the election for the 15th Middlesex State Representative district, a credit to her commitment to the environment.

“Michelle is an experienced public servant,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that in towns like Lexington and across the state we need a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Michelle will make the environment a priority,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “She will bring the knowledge and passion she has developed over her years spent serving her community to the State House.”

As a selectman, Michelle worked on local strategies to make Lexington greener and healthier. In the Legislature, she will stand firm on the provisions of the Global Warming Solutions Act and push for better planning to ensure we can meet and exceed our sustainability goals. Michelle will strongly advocate for important initiatives, including raising the cap on solar net metering, increasing the renewable portfolio standards, retrofitting state facilities and switching our public vehicle fleet to energy-efficient vehicles. She will also push state agencies to help communities set net-zero energy consumption goals and oppose efforts to expand gas pipelines.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)," said Michelle. "I hope to work closely with ELM in order to further sustainable environmental policy on Beacon Hill.”

Michelle has devoted her career to public service. Michelle has served on the Lexington Planning Board and is now Vice Chair of the Board of Selectmen, serving her second three-year term. Her government service includes three terms as President of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), two terms as the First Vice-President of the Massachusetts Selectman’s Association on the statewide Mass. Municipal Association Board. She has served on numerous state commissions, many with a focus on alternative transportation modes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health.

She currently runs her own business - the Ciccolo Group, LLC - a small consulting firm which specializes in planning, community development, municipal management, permitting, and real estate management. Michelle grew up in Lexington, attended Lexington Public Schools, and served on Town Meeting when she came back from college. She and her husband, Philip Jackson, have raised their sons in Lexington. To learn more about Michelle visit her website at michelleciccolo.com.

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that help pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, hold our elected officials accountable, and work to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

Representative Marjorie Decker Endorsed by Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC

BOSTON – The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund has endorsed Representative Marjorie Decker of Cambridge in the election for the 25th Middlesex State Representative district, a credit to her commitment to the environment.

“Representative Decker is a strong leader that knows how to create jobs for the 21st century,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that in cities like Cambridge and across the state we need to build a clean energy economy that will benefit all residents."

“Representative Decker understands the value of keeping public space available to families, both in Cambridge and across the Commonwealth. She has also been a strong advocate for clean energy,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “We need strong leaders like her in the State House who understand that we can have both a strong economy and a healthy environment.”

During last week's House debates on several energy bills, Representative Decker co-sponsored amendments that would raise the RPS to 3%, set greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2030 and 2040, prohibit a pipeline tax on electric ratepayers, reduce the amount of lost and unaccounted for gas that consumers pay for and is leaked into the atmosphere, and establish an environmental justice advisory council. She also filed a bill that would divest state pensions from coal and fossil fuels that was adopted in the Senate omnibus energy bill. 

"The sense of urgency to ensure that we reduce our carbon footprint and protect environmental regulations that are being eroded and reversed under the Trump administration becomes more important each day," said Decker. "Massachusetts has been on the forefront of advancing environmental policies--but we are losing this stature and must act to both protect the health and well being of Massachusetts and also truly set the bar for what responsible government looks like and acts like."

Representative Decker was the first in her family to graduate from high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. She went on to graduate with honors from UMass Amherst, and earned her Masters at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2007. She served as legislative aide to former Representative Alice Wolf, her predecessor, as well as Representative Ellen Story, gaining extensive experience in the state legislature. To learn more, please visit her website at www.decker4rep.com.

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, hold our elected officials accountable, and work to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

Representative Christine Barber Endorsed by ELM Action Fund PAC

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Representative Christine Barber of Somerville in the election for the 34st Middlesex State Representative district, a credit to her commitment to the environment.

“Representative Barber is a proven environmental champion,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that in towns like Somerville and across the state we need to build a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Representative Barber understands how parks, open space and public transit benefit her constituents,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “She's exactly the kind of leader we need in the State House.”

Representative Barber works to protect our environment so future generations can enjoy our natural resources. As a member of Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, she secured state funding to clean up and create more usable parks along the Mystic River. She also fought to keep the Green Line Extension, including the Community Path and a stop at Route 16, on track, by making sure transportation officials understand how vital this project is for our future. This project will take thousands of cars off our roadways and improve air quality in our communities. 

“From local issues such as maintaining the health and resiliency of the Mystic River, to statewide issues including fixing gas leaks and increasing renewable energy, I will continue to fight to preserve our environment and address climate change in our communities.”

Representative Barber earned her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Before being elected she was a health policy expert for a national health care advocacy organization. Representative Barber previously served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing, drafting legislation including Massachusetts’s landmark 2006 health care law. Representative Barber is active in the Somerville Democratic Committee and a leader in Progressive Democrats of Somerville. She has been active in local affordable food access, expanding public transportation, cleaning up the Mystic River and its surrounding parks, and creating more affordable housing. To learn more about Representative Barber visit her website at christinebarber.org.

Representative Joan Meschino Endorsed by ELM Action Fund PAC

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Representative Joan Meschino of Hull in the election for the 3rd Plymouth State Representative district, a credit to her commitment to the environment.

“Representative Meschino is a proven environmental champion,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "She knows that in towns like Hull and across the state we need to build a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

“Representative Meschino is passionate about protecting her coastal community against the impacts of climate change,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “She understands that to protect future generations in Hull and across the Commonwealth we need to invest in resiliency and renewable energy .”

Representative Meschino is an active partner with House colleagues calling for the transition to renewable energy, electrification of public transit, and updating the renewable portfolio standard.  She was a major voice in advocating for the Commonwealth to dedicate VW settlement funds for charging infrastructure and electric vehicles, as well as for innovative battery storage options.

"I'm delighted to be working with ELM to protect our environment and chart a renewable and sustainable future for Massachusetts," said Representative Meschino. "Climate change and sea level rise are urgent issues facing our communities. We must support municipal vulnerability assessments, invest in resiliency and adaptation strategies, and enact policy to support the Commonwealth’s global warming strategy commitments as stewards for future generations."

Representative Meschino was elected to two terms as a Selectman in Hull and served on numerous town boards and committees, as well as regional boards and statewide commissions. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive and social justice advocate.  She began her legal career in criminal defense and civil rights law.  Most recently, she served as Executive Director for the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., a public interest law center that promotes equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents. Representative Meschino grew up in Hull and worked summers on her father’s lobster boat to pay for college.  She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English, and earned her J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Pierce Law). To learn more about Representative Meschino visit her website at www.joanmeschino.com.

Representative Mike Day Endorsed by ELM Action Fund PAC

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund PAC has endorsed Representative Mike Day of Stoneham in the election for the 31st Middlesex State Representative district, a credit to his commitment to the environment.

“Representative Day is a proven environmental champion,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. "He knows that in towns like Stoneham and across the state we need to build a clean energy economy that will power us into the future."

"Representative Day has a long track record of advocating to curb sprawl and increase renewable energy,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “He's exactly the kind of leader we need to keep in the State House.”

Representative Day has been a strong advocate for environmental issues throughout his two terms in the Legislature. He understands that protecting our planet and working to combat climate change are of the utmost importance. This session, he was the primary sponsor of legislation to increase access to recycling in the Commonwealth and to require the Energy Facilities Siting Board to prioritize environmental impact when considering new energy infrastructure projects.  He is a strong supporter of the Environmental Bond Bill, a $2 billion effort to finance projects to fight climate change and preserve our natural resources and environment.  His advocacy resulted in the authorization of $1 million to dredge and protect Winter Pond in the town of Winchester and $1 million to restore and protect the natural resources in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

“Climate change is real. Global Warming is real," said Representative Day. "We must remain a national leader in the fight against climate change and its potentially devastating effects.”

Representative Day lives in Stoneham with his wife Megan and their three sons, Conor, Ryan, and Finnegan. The Days are active members of their community, where he coaches for Stoneham Youth Hockey and Megan is a member of the Stoneham Conservation Commission. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and UMass-Amherst before earning his law degree from Georgetown University, where he attended the night division while working a full-time job in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Representative Day, please visit his website at electmikeday.com.