Leland Cheung announced yesterday that he is running for the Second Middlesex Senate district against Pat Jehlen. Yes, Pat Jehlen, who I think many on this site would agree is one of the strongest, most effective, and most well-liked progressives in the MA legislature (and who is also pretty active on BMG).
In his announcement, Cheung stated:
For all that’s great about our community, we still face incredible challenges – a Green Line the state is threatening to let fall off the tracks, a housing market that’s pricing people out, persistent delay in the expansion of early education, an innovation economy that remains inaccessible to many, an environment in peril, and a government that all too often puts the interests of big business over those of small families like ours.
Those issues are largely true, and I think Jehlen would agree. Challenging her in a primary seems strange.
I’ve been critical of Cheung before on this site. Running against a strong and well-liked progressive like Jehlen in a primary doesn’t help change my view. I hope that Cheung will come to BMG and explain more about why he’s running and why he’d be better for the district than Senator Jehlen.