Residents of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and South Boston made history last week by casting their votes for Linda Dorcena Forry in the 1st Suffolk District primary for state Senate. Even as the Forry campaign’s victory celebration was in full swing on Tuesday night, the AP and other media outlets had called the race for Nick Collins. But Linda’s win was more than just a surprise for those media outlets. Her win symbolizes how Boston, and its political power centers, are changing.
The final results reflect a dramatic shift in the political landscape. Linda is positioned to become the first woman of color and the first Senator from outside South Boston to hold the 1st Suffolk District seat. If elected, Linda will also be the first state Senator from this district who champions women’s health and comprehensive sexuality education. Based on last November’s elections, it’s clear women’s health is a defining issue for voters, and 1st Suffolk District voters are no exception.
Leading up to the primary, Planned Parenthood Action Fund ran a robust volunteer-driven voter education program to turn out South Boston and Dorchester voters who supported Linda’s agenda for women’s health and economic security. Our volunteers knocked on 1,300 doors and made 13,000 calls in support of Linda.
Unlike her predecessors, Linda Dorcena Forry will be a strong voice for comprehensive sexuality education and access to health care. With apologies to Bob Dylan, she is proof that times really are changing. And that’s a good thing.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
* The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.