Unions May Be Key to U.S. Senate Race in Massachusetts
As debate schedules are set and signatures collected, campaigns are in full swing.
A lot happened this past week in the race for U.S. Senate, as we count down the weeks to the April 30 primary:
- Democrats: U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch
- Republicans: Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk)
All five submitted more than the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to appear on the April 30 primary ballot. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures.
The five are all vying for the seat left vacant by ex-Sen. John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State.
Democrats Agree on Debate Schedule
Markey (D-Malden) and Lynch (D-South Boston) agreed to participate in six debates between now and the April 30 primary. Three will be general format and three will focus on jobs, domestic issues and foreign policy. The debates will be spread out and are scheduled to be held in Lowell, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. The location of the sixth debate is yet to be determined.
Endorsements Pouring in, Unions Could be Key to Democratic Race
Both Democratic candidates picked up some key endorsements last week. With two candidates who are both pro-labor, Lynch and Markey are expected to split the labor vote in the Democratic primary. True to that, both picked up key labor endorsements.
Mass.live reported this week that although unions don’t make up a large percentage of the voting population, they can be major contributors when it comes to fundraising and manpower.
Earlier in the week, Lynch was endorsed by the the Massachusetts Nurses Association /National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the Commonwealth.
Lynch also received the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
Markey picked up the endorsement of the AFSCME Council 93. The organization represents more than 35,000 Massachusetts state, county and municipal workers.
He was also endorsed this week by NARAL Pro-Choice America’s political action committee.
On the Republican side, Gomez gained support from Central Massachusetts’ Republican State Committee members Brent Andersen and Mindy McKenzie-Hebert when he kicked off his campaign last week. According to mass.live, the two issued a joint statement in support of Gomez.
On the Road Again -
Candidates continued to crisscross the state last week as their campaigns went into full swing.
Markey made stops last week in Belmont, Newton, Brighton, Taunton and Hyannis.
Lynch made the rounds on the North Shore that included stops in Lynn, Peabody and Salem.
The last day for residents to register to vote in the April 30 primary is April 10.