FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020
State Representative Jim Hawkins Endorses Jesse Mermell for Congress
One day after earning endorsement from Senator Paul Feeney, Mermell continues to build Attleboro-area coalition
ATTLEBORO – Jesse Mermell today continued to build her Attleboro-area coalition ahead of the September 1st primary by earning the endorsement of State Representative Jim Hawkins. Representative Hawkins’ endorsement comes just one day after Senator Paul Feeney of Foxborough endorsed Mermell, signaling that Democrats are uniting behind Mermell as the best candidate to represent the Fourth District’s values in Congress.
“I’m endorsing Jesse Mermell because she understands the Fourth District needs a representative who is in tune with the unique needs of each community to address the vast economic inequality in the district,” said Representative Hawkins (D-Attleboro). “I know that Jesse will be a voice for working families, for students and educators, for small business owners and for women in Congress. She is the clear choice for voters who are looking for a Congresswoman who will champion economic justice and show up for all 34 cities and towns in this district.”
“The people of Attleboro are fortunate to have a Representative who is a tireless advocate for public education, small businesses and economic justice – and I’m fortunate to have Representative Hawkins on our team,” said Mermell. “His support sends a clear message that I’m the best candidate to represent this entire district – south to north – in Congress. Together with Senator Paul Feeney, we will work to ensure our recovery from COVID-19 is equitable and delivers much needed relief to every city and town.”
Democrats have continued to coalesce around Mermell’s campaign in the final weeks of the campaign. Last week, she earned major endorsements from Attorney General Maura Healey, Auditor Suzanne Bump, former MA-04 candidate Dave Cavell and Planned Parenthood. She’s also been endorsed by more than 100 current and former elected officials, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, State Senator Paul Feeney and Democratic State Committee Member Marilyn Powers of Attleboro, and 21 unions representing 269,000 Massachusetts workers, including SEIU, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, IBEW Local 103 and more.
Mermell will be participating in a Day of Action across the district on Saturday, including a stop at the Attleboro Food Bank at Capron Park. Saturday is the first day of early voting in Massachusetts.