Senator Jamie Eldridge endorses Dan Sena for State Representative in the 37th Middlesex District

Cites Sena’s public service as Eldridge’s District Director, work on transportation, immigration and human services in district, and life story as an immigrant

Senator Jamie Eldridge stands with his former District Director Dan Sena in Acton.

Acton – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has publicly endorsed Danillo “Dan” Sena for State Representative, to represent the 37th Middlesex District. Sena has worked for Senator Eldridge for the past six years as his District Director, serving as his liaison to the Middlesex and Worcester Senate district on public transportation, helping immigrants, supporting seniors, and connecting constituents to human services.

“I’m extremely proud to endorse Dan for the State Representative seat that I once held. Dan is a proud progressive Democrat, committed to legislation including Medicare For All, the Work and Family Mobility Act, 100% Renewable Energy, and the ROE Act, and supports LGBTQ rights, women’s reproductive rights, improving election access, and criminal justice reform. His commitment to progressive taxes to improve public transportation, bring more transparency to the House of Representatives, and establish free universal childcare to all communities has impressed me. Danillo would also be making history, by being the first Brazilian immigrant elected to a state legislature in America, and the only person of color to be a State Rep in the Senate district that I represent.”  

Senator Eldridge highlighted Sena’s unique life experiences as an immigrant from Brazil, who came to Acton at age 14 with his mom, Eronides Sena, for a better life. “I first met Danillo when he was a student at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. To this day, I remember him saying to me, sitting in the high school counselor’s office, ‘I want to be American.’ Since then, I have witnessed Dan work two, three jobs at a time to pay his way through first Middlesex Community College, and then UMass-Amherst, while enduring the many challenges of being a first-generation immigrant. I was proud to have Dan join my State House office as a Dreamer in 2013, and have watched him become a U.S. citizen, a husband to his wife Melinda Yim, a Cambodian refugee who is a pharmacist, and raise their two beautiful children, Juliana and Leonardo, in Acton. They are about as close to the American Dream as I know, and I believe Dan’s struggles as an immigrant will make him a fighter at the State House, representing the interests of the people of the 37th Middlesex District over corporate special interests, and being an independent leader.” 

Senator Eldridge also cited Dan’s work as his District Director for the Middlesex and Worcester district, and his fierce advocacy for people in need. “Dan has worked tremendously hard to serve constituents, including helping families get on MassHealth, apply for affordable housing, secure childcare vouchers, and access human services. He has been my liaison on public transportation, including advocating for the new South Acton train station, expanding the CrossTown Connect shuttle service, and building more rail trails. On immigration, Dan has been responsible for writing letters for people seeking to become U.S. citizens, stood with me in federal immigration courts to oppose the deportation of hard-working  residents, and connected me to the struggles of the region’s many immigrant communities, most especially the Brazilian and Latino communities. If you know Dan, he has a strong sense of outrage for injustices committed by the powerful against the people. I strongly believe he will have this same fighting spirit for the people of the 37th Middlesex District.” 

For more information on Dan’s campaign, please contact his campaign manager Monica Burke, at DanSenaForStateRep@gmail.com, campaign number  978-201-0925, or check out his Facebook page Dan Sena For State Representative. The Democratic primary is on Tuesday, March 3rd, and the 37th Middlesex District includes the towns of Acton (Precincts 3,4 and 5), Ayer (Precinct 2), Boxborough, Harvard, Lunenburg (Precincts A, C, D), and Shirley.