State Senator Jamie Eldridge endorses Jay Gonzalez for Governor

 

Eldridge supports Gonzalez’s commitment to social justice and vision to invest in our communities, make healthcare a right, improve transportation, and promote clean energy

ACTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) today announced his endorsement of Jay Gonzalez for Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“I am very proud to endorse Jay Gonzalez for Governor. He is a bold progressive Democrat who has laid out a vision of investing in our communities, including in education, making progress on social justice including reforming our criminal justice system, dramatically improving our state’s entire transportation system, and making healthcare a right in Massachusetts.” Eldridge emphasized his close working relationship with Gonzalez when the latter served as Secretary of Administration and Finance in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, which included implementing the 2006 Massachusetts health care law, reforming and investing in the transportation system, increasing state funding for education, and proposing a progressive tax package that would raise taxes on the wealthy while providing tax relief for working families.

“Since the day that Jay Gonzalez announced his candidacy for Governor, I have seen him on the front lines fighting for a brighter and more compassionate future for all Massachusetts residents,” Eldridge stated. “Jay stood with me when I spoke at the first rally to oppose the deportations of hard working immigrants and protecting Muslim-Americans. When the State Senate held hearings on combating climate change, Jay attended and spoke out about a bold clean energy future. During a healthcare conference organized by an Indivisible Massachusetts chapter, Jay laid out a passionate case to making healthcare a right in Massachusetts. I have seen him energize activists in my district with his progressive vision, and believe he would be a transformational Governor.”

Eldridge also highlighted the clear distinctions between Jay Gonzalez and Charlie Baker, including:

Gonzalez helped expand access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents, while Baker proposed to cut over 140,000 people off of MassHealth this year.
Gonzalez helped craft a progressive tax proposal that would have taxed the wealthy, reduced taxes for working families, while Baker has raised fees and fares for working people across Massachusetts and expanded corporate tax breaks for the well-connected.
Gonzales implemented transportation reform that invested more money into public transportation and created millions of dollars in savings, while Baker has slashed positions at the MBTA and MassDOT, leading to the delays of dozens of important transportation projects across the Commonwealth, while pursuing an ideological obsession with privatizing services and jobs.

“I am excited about the grassroots campaign that Jay is running across Massachusetts, and I’m proud to endorse him for Governor. His commitment to public service, expertise on healthcare, strong record on progressive reform, and bold vision for Massachusetts will help us get back to being a national leader on education, healthcare, climate change, and being a truly caring and compassionate state.”

Senator Jamie Eldridge has represented the Middlesex and Worcester district since 2009. The district includes Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, and Westborough. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, Senate co-chair of the Senate Progressive Caucus, and Senate Chair of the Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, Green Economy Caucus, the MBTA Caucus, and the Metrowest Legislators Caucus.

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