Jamaica Plain Democratic activist Sonia Chang-Diaz is running for State Senate from the Second Suffolk District. She’ll be announcing her candidacy next week.
Sonia has a long history of involvement in the community and political participation. She was legislative aid to State Senator Cheryl Jacques (who was later executive director of the Human Rights Campaign) and then managed Angus McQuilken’s run for State Senate (he’s now at Planned Parenthood of MA). She’s an associate member of the Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee, and is board of board of MassVOTE, an electoral reform and voter mobilization organization that seeks to involve more people in politics, especially minorities, low income, and new voters.
The Second Middlesex is the seat currently held by Diane Wilkerson. It’s past the deadline for Chang-Diaz get on the Democratic primary ballot, but Wilkerson failed to collect enough signatures to get herself on the ballot, so they’ll both be running as write-in candidates.
I met Sonia on the Pat Jehlen campaign. I was a precinct captain in east Medford, and Sonia ran campaign headquarters east on primary election day. Hundreds of volunteers, including precinct captains for the eastern half of the senate district, participated in an amazing get out the vote campaign coordinated by Sonia. This is a woman who knows how to run a campaign, and I think we have a real race on our hands.