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The Boston area chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (Boston DSA) is pleased to announce the endorsement of the following candidates in their campaign for municipal office in the 2017 election cycle. “We are excited to support these activist candidates who share our commitment to affordable housing. The current housing crisis in the Boston metro area makes it critically important that we elect candidates that understand the need to empower our communities and fight the tide of displacement in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge,” say DSA Co-Chairs Liz Henderson and Peter Morency.
In Somerville, Boston DSA endorsed four candidates for alderman: Jesse Clingan (Ward 4), Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), Will Mbah (at-large), and JT Scott (Ward 2). In Boston, two City Council candidates received an endorsement: Lydia Edwards (District 1) and Alex Golonka (District 9). And in Cambridge, the group endorsed City Council candidates Dennis Carlone, Sumbul Siddiqui, Vatsady Sivongxay, and Quinton Zondervan.
Out of these candidates, 3 received a higher level of endorsement, meaning that Boston DSA will send volunteers on a regular basis to support the campaigns. These candidates were Lydia Edwards, Ben Ewen-Campen, and JT Scott. Ewen-Campen and Scott are DSA members.
Co-chairs Henderson and Morency added, “We are excited to encourage our over 800 members to vote and work for these candidates. We will be coordinating with the campaigns regarding our priorities for electoral action this year. We look forward to great conversations at the doors throughout the area.”
Boston DSA is a local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. We are an activist organization — not a political party — that works against oppression in its many forms. We see these multiple oppressions — economic inequality, patriarchy, white supremacy, and others — as interlinked, intersecting and inseparable. DSA’s members are building mass movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in communities and politics in the Greater Boston Area.