Tuesday, April 23, 2024

082516i-Connolly-JehlenOur Revolution, the political movement springing from Bernie Sanders’ run for president, has endorsed two local candidates: Mike Connolly, the challenger for state Rep. Tim Toomey’s seat in the 26th Middlesex District, and state Sen. Pat Jehlen, who’s defending her seat against city councillor Leland Cheung in the Second Middlesex District.

They’re among 62 candidates nationwide getting the first round of endorsements from Our Revolution, along with two others in Massachusetts: James Eldredge and Mary Keefe, running for the state Senate and House, respectively, in the Worcester area. The national list includes noted names such as U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress, and Russ Feingold, who’s running to return to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

The new nonprofit group – which bears the slogan “Campaigns end. Revolutions endure” – includes election of progressive candidates as one of its three objectives, along with revitalizing democracy and educating the public on issues the media fail to address.

“Our Revolution will empower the next generation of progressive leaders by inspiring and recruiting progressive candidates to run for offices across the entire spectrum of government. From school boards to congressional seats, a new generation of political leaders, dedicated to transforming America’s corrupt campaign finance system and rigged economy, will become involved,” according to the group’s website. “Our Revolution will provide candidates inspired by [Sanders’] political revolution with the unparalleled digital tools, organizing knowledge and grassroots support, which may include fundraising, successfully utilized throughout Sen. Sanders’ campaign.”

Connolly, who began his political career with Occupy Boston, said the endorsement was “truly an honor.”

His bio on the Our Revolution site:

Mike Connolly  is an attorney, a community organizer and a proud progressive Democrat running for state representative in Cambridge and Somerville. He is running for state representative because he believes that we need passionate new leadership to address the concerns of communities and to advance a progressive agenda both locally and across our commonwealth. Mike is committed to economic and social justice, affordable housing, public transportation, early education, after-school programs and other critical services that will help the people of Massachusetts.

Jehlen’s bio on the site:

Patricia Jehlen was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2005. She represents the Second Middlesex district, which includes Medford, Somerville, Winchester and Cambridge. She is assistant vice chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Senate chairwoman of the Committee on Elder Affairs, vice chairwoman of the Committee on Education and chairwoman of the Special Senate Committee on Innovative and Alternative Education. She also serves on the committees on housing and the judiciary. Her top legislative priorities are equitable and excellent education, universal and affordable health care, and jobs with decent wages and benefits, including earned sick time. In the area of elder services, her priority making sure that seniors of all income levels can find housing and services that meet their needs, whether in the community or in institutions.