Environmental Action Fund Early Endorsements Feature Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers, Challengers

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund today endorsed a bipartisan group of 14 legislators, continuing to flex its political muscle across Massachusetts by engaging early in several key House and Senate contests.

The ELM Action Fund, the nonpartisan nonprofit political arm of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, formally endorsed legislators from Pittsfield and Amherst to Taunton, Gloucester and Holden. They include longtime incumbents and challengers, Democrats and Republicans.

“With the critical issues of energy policy and environmental protection currently being debated in the Legislature, the leadership of the ELM Action Fund believes it is important to re-elect these proven environmental leaders and promising challengers to the state legislature,” said ELM Action Fund Political Director Joe O’Brien. 

“These leaders understand the importance of our state investing in clean energy, sustainable transportation, and parks to help address climate change, create jobs, and build healthier communities.”

The full list of endorsed candidates follows:

  • Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Democrat of Amherst in the Hampshire Franklin Worcester Senate District.
  • Senator James Eldridge, Democrat of Acton in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
  • Senator Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville in the 2nd Middlesex District.
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Democrat of Winchester in the 5th 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.
  • 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.
  • Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat in the 3rd Berkshire District.
  • Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Republican of Holden in the 1st Worcester District.
  • Representative Jay Livingstone, Democrat of Boston, in the 8th Suffolk District.
  • Representative Denise Provost, Democrat of Somerville in the 27th Middlesex District.
  • Mike Toole, a Norton Democrat in the 1st Bristol District.

The ELM Action Fund helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable and works to help build the political power of the environmental community.

This fall the ELM Action Fund will be working to educate and mobilize voters in key legislative races across the state. To support this work, the ELM Action Fund has created two new entities to help elect candidates, the ELM Action Fund Independent Expenditure PAC and the ELM Action Fund State PAC. 

The ELM Action Fund will release its second round of endorsements in late July. 
Last fall, the ELM Action Fund and the national League of Conservation Voters launched a new affiliation and an aggressive plan to flex the environmental community’s policy muscle in Massachusetts. The groups have backed pro-environment state lawmakers in special elections, begun rolling out its “dirty dozen” lawmakers with the lowest environmental ratings and continued its strong advocacy on key issues this legislative session.

Last year, the ELM Action Fund launched its “MUSCLE “program (Mass. United for Science, Climate, Environment).  This effort makes good on that promise by endorsing legislative candidates and, through a new PAC, recruiting and deploying grassroots campaign organizers and providing media support in targeted legislative districts. The ELM Action Fund will employ a sophisticated database of likely voters cross-indexed with voters supporting environmental protection.