Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wins for Women in Sept. 9 Primary

This past Tuesday’s primary election was full of exciting wins for women candidates and the women of Massachusetts. Martha Coakley, Maura Healey, and Deb Goldberg were all successful in their respective primary bids for Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer.
This means that two-thirds of Democratic ticket for statewide constitutional office are women. This is important because women are staggeringly underrepresented in politics. According to the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, women hold 18.5 percent of Congressional seats and 23 percent of statewide positions across the country.
Martha Coakley, the current state Attorney General garnered 42 percent of the vote outpacing both current State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s 36 percent and Don Berwick’s 21 percent.
Senator Elizabeth Warren told the Boston Herald “….She has all the right basics and we know who Martha Coakley is — she was an outstanding attorney general who fought on behalf of the people of Massachusetts. She was out there day in and day out making it happen and now she is going to make it happen as a candidate for governor.”
Former Assistant Attorney General and political newcomer Maura Healey bested Warren Tolman with 62 percent of the vote compared to Tolman’s 38 percent.
Emily’s List President Stephanie Shriock commented on the importance of a win for Healey in November in her organization’s endorsement of Healey.“Maura Healey is a champion of equality with a proven record fighting for civil rights of Massachusetts families….” Schriock said.
Former Brookline Town Selectwoman Deb Goldberg won 43 percent of the vote compared to Andover State Senator Barry Finegold’s 32 percent and Wayland State Representative Tom Conroy’s 26 percent.
Donna Denoncourt & Nancy Rosenblum, Mass National Organization for Women PAC Co-Chairs, endorsed Goldberg saying “Mass. NOW is proud to endorse Deb Goldberg for State Treasurer. As an Overseer of Planned Parenthood and a Selectman in the Town of Brookline, she has been engaged in the challenges and issues facing women’s right to privacy, wage equality and choice….”

The mission of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is to help recruit, train and elect more qualified, pro-choice women to public office. It was a truly rewarding experience for the staff and volunteers of the MWPC to have supported the winning candidates as well as our other endorsed candidates that were not successful in the primary election, but showed a tremendous amount of bravery by running for public office. It was a very exciting primary night, but there is still more work to be done to ensure that the general election in November is a historic one for women!