030116i-Lydia-EdwardsFrom the Lydia Edwards campaign, March 7, 2016: The Massachusetts Teachers Association announced its endorsement Monday of Lydia Edwards for the state Senate seat representing the First Suffolk and Middlesex District.

The special election to be held April 12 will decide the next person to represent the district, which includes parts of Cambridge, Beacon Hill, East Boston, the North End, Revere and Winthrop. Anthony Petruccelli, a Democrat who lives in East Boston, was elected to the House in 1999 and moved to the Senate in 2007, but announced his resignation Dec. 4 to join the law firm Kearney, Donovan & McGee.

“Lydia Edwards is an outstanding candidate for state senator,” association president Barbara Madeloni said. “As an advocate and attorney, she understands the issues facing working families in our communities – and she has the skills and experience needed to fight for real change. I know that she will be a strong voice for public education in the Senate.”

Edwards said she was “honored to receive the endorsement of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. I am a proud product of the public school system and my life was changed by the extraordinary kindness of a teacher. My respect for them is unending, and the job they do is  the most important in our society. No one will fight harder for the teachers of this district and will stand with them.”

The association is a member-driven organization dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees.