FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2020
State Senator Paul Feeney Endorses Jesse Mermell for Congress
Foxborough Senator praises Mermell as best candidate to fight for working families
FOXBOROUGH – Jesse Mermell today earned another major endorsement in the race for Congress from State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough), a dedicated progressive leader who represents key cities and towns across the Fourth District.
A former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2222 member himself, Senator Feeney highlighted Mermell’s record of fighting for Massachusetts’ workers as a driver of his decision to endorse. Senator Feeney is also a leading advocate for Medicare for All and is a co-sponsor of an Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts. Mermell has made fighting for Medicare for All a central piece of her campaign platform.
“I am proud to support Jesse Mermell in her campaign and believe that she is exactly the type of person we need representing our values in the United States Congress,” said Senator Feeney. “Many of the cities and towns that make up our district are hard-working, blue collar communities filled with working families that are one pink slip away from poverty, one medical bill or prescription away from losing their savings. As the middle class gets squeezed more and more, we deserve to have a Congresswoman that has the courage, experience and most importantly, the passion to stand up for the people she represents, even when it’s not politically expedient. That’s who Jesse is and I know that is how she will serve. I look forward to partnering with Jesse when she is elected, to stand up for working people, to fight for women’s rights and racial and economic justice, to deliver jobs to our district and to ensure healthcare as a right for every single person in this Country.”
Mermell is a former AFSCME Council 93 (HUCTW) member who has made creating a fair economy and lifting up workers a central part of her campaign. She has delivered bold, progressive results for working families throughout her career, including negotiating what is now the strongest Paid Family and Medical Leave law in the country and fighting for equal pay, a $15 minimum wage, earned sick time and more.
“Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District is an incredibly economically diverse district made up of 34 unique cities and towns,” said Mermell. “As the next Congresswoman for this district, I’m committed to showing up for every single community. Senator Paul Feeney embodies this commitment through and through, as he is an unwavering champion for the communities he represents and working families. I’m honored to have his support and look forward to partnering with him when I’m in Congress to create a fair economy that works for everyone and secure adequate funding to help our cities and towns recover from COVID-19.”
Mermell has skyrocketed to the top of the crowded Democratic primary field as the overwhelming choice for labor unions. She has been endorsed by 21 unions representing 269,000 Massachusetts workers, including SEIU, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, IBEW Local 103 and more. She has also been endorsed by more than 100 current and former elected officials, including Attorney General Maura Healey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
Election Day is September 1st but voters can cast their ballot by mail now or vote early beginning on August 22nd.