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Women's PAC backs Fries for state rep

Jen Fries, 2020Jen Fries

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC has endorsed nonprofit leader Jen Fries in her campaign for state representative in the 24th Middlesex District.

In a statement, MWPC PAC Cochairs Caitlyn Clarke and Amy Diamond wrote that “No measure of a community’s progress can be made without a truly representative elected body. We believe decisions about our communities should include women’s voices. We need leaders like Jen Fries, who will be a strong decision maker and advocate in the State House. We need to change the face of leadership in Massachusetts, where fewer than 29 percent state offices are held by women. MWPC is proud to endorse and stand with Jen Fries.”

Fries responded in a July 28 news release: “I’m deeply grateful for the MWPC’s support. I have devoted my career to my fighting for the rights of women and all residents of Massachusetts, and I am eager to continue these fights in the State House.”

Background

Fries served as director of Women’s Protective Services at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council and successfully fought for more than $1 million of additional funding for the Battered Women’s Legal Assistance Project as the associate director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp.

In endorsing Fries, the MWPC PAC joins six current and former women in elected offices representing the district, including former Rep. Anne Paulsen (D-Belmont) and Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui. In a May op-ed, Mayor Siddiqui argued that Fries’s experience in nonprofit leadership makes her the strongest candidate in the race, noting that “Jen’s career has demonstrated both her dedication to direct service and her acumen for legislative advocacy to promote structural change.”

Cambridge Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, City Councilor Patty Nolan and School Committee members Ayesha Wilson and Rachel Weinstein have also endorsed Fries. Nolan cited Fries’s commitment to legislative transparency, while Member Wilson called Fries “a strong partner in improving education and workforce development.” Fries spent 11 years as the executive director of Cambridge School Volunteers, and currently serves as executive director of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston.

“Each of these endorsements matters to me because they demonstrate the trust that I have built with leaders in my communities,” Fries wrote in the news release. “But the only endorsement that counts will come from the voters. My campaign has made more than 5,000 calls to voters in the district this year because we know that we need to earn the trust of every voter in this district, and I hope I can earn yours on Sept. 1.” Voters can learn more about Fries and her plans to fix the MBTA, address climate change, and reinvest in our UMass system and our public schools at www.jenniferfries.com.

Fries faces state Rep. Dave Rogers in the primary. The 24th Middlesex includes part of Arlington.


May 28, 2020: North Cambridge resident challenges Rogers in 24th


This news announcement was published Thursday, July 30, 2020. 

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