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2020 Endorsements by Grassroots Central Mass

Grassroots Central Mass is a network of concerned neighbors and activists working to amplify and advance candidates and causes to create a compassionate community and a government that serves all of us while attending to issues of justice, equality, and respect.

Election Information

  • Last Day to Register to Vote for the Primary: Saturday, August 22, 2020
  • Massachusetts State Primary: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • U.S. General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

There are three ways to vote in 2020:

Grassroots Central Mass is pleased to endorse a progressive slate of federal and state candidates. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to learn how we are supporting the following campaigns:

Ed Markey, U.S. Senate

Ed is running for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. He is running against Joe Kennedy for this Senate seat in the September 1, 2020 Democratic state primary.

Ed is simply a workhorse who stands for progressive values and has for decades. He understands how the mechanisms of power work in Washington and he effectively utilizes his position to fight for the ideals of equality, environmental justice, and affordable health care. Senator Markey takes a stand when other politicians stay on the sidelines. The Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a safe and secure internet, consumer safety, justice for immigrants—the list goes on and on and testifies to the many ways that Senator Markey has been a champion for the people of Massachusetts.

Alex Morse, U.S. Congress

Alex Morse is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District. He is running in the September 1, 2020 Democratic primary race against Richie Neal who has held this seat for 30 years.

The Alex Morse campaign is all about healthcare as a human right and the goal of improving outcomes for working people. He is a progressive leader on climate policy and investments in rural communities. He has an unwavering set of convictions and a vision for this entire district. Although he is young (25!) he has substantial political experience serving as the mayor of Holyoke, MA since 2012. He has traveled extensively throughout this continent, has first-hand experience with the tragedies associated with addiction, and he is in touch with the challenges faced by many in the district. He is the change we need for District 1.

Paul DePalo, Councillor

Paul is running for Governor's Council in the 7th District, a huge swath of Central Mass. comprising 65 towns. He is running against Padraic Rafferty in the Democratic state primary, September 1, 2020.

Experienced attorney and former special education teacher Paul DePalo is an outstanding candidate for Governor's Council, the elected body that approves or rejects the governor’s judicial nominees. Paul knows judges matter in the equitable and effective dispensation of justice. He supports diversion and treatment programs for at-risk youth that reduce crime, save taxpayer money and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Paul advocates seating mental health experts on the parole board and treating addiction as a mental health issue, not a criminal one. He’s committed to defending women’s rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice.

Sam Biagetti, State Rep.

Sam is running for the Massachusetts House of Representatives: 5th Worcester District. This District includes the Brookfields, Hardwick, Barre, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham, and parts of Ware and Spencer. He is running against Republican Donald Berthiaume for this seat in the general election to be held on November 3, 2020.

Sam shows the courage to represent the 5th Worcester District towns based on a vision of economic and environmental restructuring, melding sustainability into his goals for energy, agriculture, transportation, jobs and rural small business. He states: “I think we have to get past this false choice of environment vs. economy” and calls for a “green industrial revolution.” Sam’s progressive values place him behind a Green New Deal and single payer healthcare, enacted on the state level rather than waiting for change on the federal level. As an educator, he favors restructuring financing to de-emphasize municipal property taxes for equitable school quality statewide. Sam Biagatti will be the state representative we need for the challenging times we’re in.

Ceylan Rowe, State Rep.

Ceylan is running for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 12th Worcester District. This District includes the towns of Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Lancaster, and parts of Northborough and Sterling. She is running against Meghan Kilcoyne and Alexandra Turner in the September 1, 2020 Democratic state primary.

Ceylan is a deeply involved member of the Northborough community and has advocated extensively for the rights of women and girls on Beacon Hill. In her work at the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, Ceylan has fought for the rights of all our neighbors. Ceylan will fight for transparency and good governance in the State House and will not back down from the big fights of our time such as the healthcare, criminal justice, and climate crises gripping our Commonwealth. Ceylan Rowe will be an accessible representative for us all.

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