Dear BMG Community,
My name is Patricia Commane. I’m a Democratic activist, state committee member, town committee chair, and now candidate for State Representative. And I need your help.
I never thought I’d find myself running for public office. For the past 20 years, I’ve pursued a satisfying career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Every day, I help individuals with disabilities achieve economic independence by helping them get jobs and create small businesses. I love my work.
Yet, this year, our longtime Democratic State Rep decided not to run for reelection. When I saw the choice our district faced on the Republican side, I knew the stakes were too high for me to sit the election out. I felt compelled to get involved.
My opponent, Paul Adams, is an extreme social conservative being supported by some of the most radical groups in the state. He is the former Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Director at The Coalition for Marriage and Family, a far-right anti-LGBT and anti-choice group. Paul is self-funding his campaign to the tune of at least $35,000, and has accepted donations from Kris Mineau, President of the Massachusetts Family Institute and co-chair of Vote On Marriage.org. The group’s other co-founder, Roberto Miranda, has publicly described homosexuality as “a virus,” and claimed it was “no coincidence” that the September 11 terror attacks originated in Boston. There is no question that, if elected, Paul Adams would fight to roll back the progress so many have fought for.
If elected State Representative I will stand up for the progressive values we share by protecting marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose, and advocating passage the Bottle Bill and construction on Cape Wind. (My opponent recently said “the jury’s still out” on whether climate change exists.) But first I need to defeat one of the toughest candidates the state Republicans are fielding this year anywhere in Massachusetts.
This race is a bellwether for Massachusetts this cycle; like many of the higher-up-the-ticket races, ours, according to our own polling, is too close to call.
I’m writing today because I need your help. To defeat the resources available to Paul Adams through his self-financing, I need a strong network of grassroots supporters to help turn out the vote in these final days.
This is a race we can win, but everything depends on what happens in the 8 days until November 2nd. I need your help, your friends’ help, and their friends’ help volunteering and getting out the vote. Please call 617-512-7656 to become a volunteer, or visit our website link to: for more information.
If we work hard and come together to stand up against Paul Adams and his extremist allies, I know we can win.
Democrat for State Representative
17th Essex District- Andover, Lawrence, Tewksbury