FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
LOCAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS MA-04 ENDORSE JESSE MERMELL FOR CONGRESS
Elected officials and Democratic state committee members praise Mermell’s dedication to representing all 34 communities of Fourth District
BROOKLINE – A slate of municipal leaders and Democratic State Committee members from across Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District endorsed Jesse Mermell for Congress today, showcasing her broad and growing support throughout the region.
Eight leaders representing six communities joined the coalition of local and state support that Mermell has steadily built since launching her campaign – including endorsements from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, former Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and former state Representative Frank Smizik of Brookline.
Today’s announcement represents the most broad and diverse slate of endorsements a candidate has received in the race to date.
Easton Select Board Chair Dottie Fulginiti, Brookline Select Board Member Heather Hamilton, Hopkinton Select Board Member Irfan Nasrullah, Needham School Committee Member Sue Neckes, and Mansfield Select Board Vice Chair Michael Trowbridge highlighted Mermell’s dedication to representing the entire Fourth District – north to south – as the driving reason for their endorsements of her candidacy. Mermell also received support from Democratic State Committee Members Joe Kaplan of Mansfield, Walter McDonough of Needham, and Marilyn Powers of Attleboro.
“As a proud former Town Meeting and Select Board Member, I have a deep respect for those doing the most to lead on our values on the front lines in our communities,” said Jesse Mermell. “Municipal officials and state committee members know their communities inside and out and have a unique understanding of residents’ needs. I am proud that so many leaders from across the Fourth District are placing their trust in me to represent their communities in Congress.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Jesse when she was leading the Alliance for Business Leadership,” said Easton Select Board Chair Dottie Fulginiti. “Jesse has a great way of not only listening but really hearing the needs of small business owners. She is a hands on problem solver that cares about issues like workforce development, housing, transportation, equity and climate. These issues are important to our community and our region. Jesse Mermell is a strong leader that gets the job done and I know she will work hard for Easton.”
“Jesse understands what it takes to lead,” said Brookline Select Board Member Heather Hamilton. “She listens to people, she takes the time to understand the issues, and she doesn’t stop until she finds solutions. She is a community builder at a time when we need that skill the most. I am so excited to see her in Congress!”
“I have been impressed by Jesse’s commitment to traveling across the district, meeting with local officials, and really getting a grasp on what matters to constituents,” said Hopkinton Select Board Member Irfan Nasrullah. “This is the type of responsiveness and thoughtfulness that the people of the Fourth District deserve to have in their member of Congress. I’m proud to offer Jesse my support.”
“Jesse combines the progressive values I care about deeply with the demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse perspectives to accomplish meaningful change,” said Needham School Committee Member Sue Neckes. “She’s exactly the person we need right now for our district and our country.”
“Jesse Mermell provides a unique set of skills having been both inside and outside of government,” said Mansfield Select Board Vice Chair Michael Trowbridge. “Her views are fresh and her approachability allows everyone around her to consider new perspectives and approaches. Having held positions on both School Committee and Select Board for the past 24 years, I wholeheartedly embrace her accessible and open-minded style.”
“I don’t know of anyone who would be more ready to represent our congressional district from Day 1 than Jesse Mermell,” said Democratic State Committee Member Joe Kaplan. “I am flabbergasted by her energy, deep commitment and laser-focus on the issues facing our communities. We are very fortunate to have Jesse Mermell as a candidate and would be even more fortunate to have her represent us in Congress.”
“I am supporting Jesse Mermell because I’ve seen how hard she works,” said Democratic State Committee Member Marilyn Powers. “She has made it a point to travel to all parts of the district, and that is the type of representation that we need in Congress.”
“The next Fourth District Congressperson must face the challenge of representing a diverse constituency that stretches from Brookline to Fall River,” said Democratic State Committee Member Walter McDonough. “Jesse Mermell is the one candidate who has the experience, commitment and compassion to be our voice in Washington.”