FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2020
Mermell Earns First Statewide Elected Official Endorsement from Auditor Suzanne Bump
State Auditor Cites Clear Choice, Says Mermell is Proven Progressive
BROOKLINE – State Auditor Suzanne Bump today endorsed Jesse Mermell for Congress, becoming the first Massachusetts statewide elected leader to support a candidate in the race – calling Mermell the clear choice to ensure a proven progressive continues to lead the historic Fourth District.
Bump, a resident of North Easton in the Fourth District and the first woman elected Auditor, said the closing weeks of the campaign have made the choice before voters clear.
“Jesse’s values and personal story of hard work and persistence convinces me she can relate to the struggles and aspirations of the people of the Fourth District,” Auditor Bump said. “Unabashedly progressive, understanding of the needs of both workers and business owners, schooled in how you make change in government, Jesse will make things happen for the Fourth District. I give her my enthusiastic support.”
“As Donald Trump has eroded public trust in government, Auditor Bump has been a leading advocate for holding public servants and government institutions accountable to the people,” said Mermell. “I am honored to welcome her voice and her leadership to our people-powered coalition. Our movement is growing stronger by the day and presenting voters with a clear choice for a candidate who will deliver bold, progressive change.”
Mermell has seen a wave of support from throughout the District as voters realize the risks of electing someone who worked against Democrats as a Republican political operative while Bump and other Democrats were on the ballot fighting for our values, who supported the state’s most anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ+ official and who is being funded by special interests in Big Pharma, whose interests he has vowed to protect in Congress.
Auditor Bump’s endorsement adds to the momentum Mermell’s campaign has been steadily building ahead of the September 1st primary and comes right as voters begin casting their votes by mail.
Mermell has distinguished herself in the crowded field as the leading progressive candidate, earning endorsements from 21 labor unions representing 269,000 Massachusetts workers and top progressive organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Coalition for Social Justice.
More than 75 current and former elected leaders have already endorsed Mermell include Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, former First Lady Diane Patrick, state Representative Carolyn Dykema of Holliston, Taunton Representative Carol Doherty, former Brookline Representative Frank Smizik, state Senator Julian Cyr, Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and dozens of others.
Election Day is September 1st but voters can request a vote-by-mail application now or vote in person early from August 22nd through August 28th.