CSfC Endorses Ayanna Pressley for CD7 and Donna Patalano for Middlesex DA

Cambridge Somerville for Change is pleased to announce the following endorsements in the September 4tth primary election: 

For Middlesex County District Attorney: Donna Patalano

Cambridge Somerville for Change membership has voted to endorse Donna Patalano in the race for Middlesex County District Attorney. Donna is running against incumbent Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The District Attorney's Office in Middlesex County, the largest county in Massachusetts, can have a major impact in the state during the upcoming implementation of the recently passed Massachusetts criminal justice reform bill and in ongoing efforts to build on this foundation.

Donna Patalano’s legal career includes time as a clerk for Justice Elspeth B. Cypher in the Massachusetts Appeals Court as well as time as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.  She has also worked as an advocate and defense attorney in both the state and federal justice system, giving her experience and a view of both sides of the justice system.

Donna returned to the Suffolk County DA's Office as Chief of Professional Integrity & Ethics, creating training programs, prosecution policies, and helping to build the Conviction Integrity Program.

She was counsel of record for more than 120 Appeals Court cases and appeared more than 20 times in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Recognized by her colleagues for her work, Donna was honored with the “Best Appellate Prosecutor” and the “Unsung Hero” awards.

For Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District Representative: Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley is the CSfC membership endorsed choice for Massachusetts 7th Congressional District Representative. Ayanna is running against incumbent Representative Mike Capuano.

The Massachusetts 7th district includes Somerville, Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, large sections of Boston, and parts of Milton and Cambridge – a map of the district is available here.

Ayanna Pressley, first elected to Boston City Council in 2009, was the first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council. Prior to her election to the Boston City Council, Ayanna worked as a Senior Aide for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later for Senator John Kerry.

As a member of the Boston City Council, Ayanna worked to establish the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities. This Committee addresses the causes that Ayanna has been most devoted to: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty, and addressing issue that disproportionately impact women and girls. Ayanna consistently has strived to improve the lives of people who have too often been left behind.

In 2016, Ayanna was named one of The New York Times 14 Young Democrats to Watch. In 2015, she earned the EMILY’s List Rising Star Award and was named one of Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. In 2014, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce named her as one of their Ten Outstanding Young Leaders, and the Victim Rights Law Center presented her with their Leadership Award. She is also an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, Class of 2012.

CSfC is excited to support both candidates for the Tuesday September 4th primary election. Announcements will be coming soon for phone banks and canvassing events to support each candidate in these last few weeks.

Don’t forget to vote on September 4th and hope to see you at a phone bank or canvass in the next two weeks!  


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