Regardless of your geography, regardless of your other commitments, if you’re a real Democrat and/or a real progressive looking to make an impact on the Massachusetts legislature, then there are two candidates for State Representative that you absolutely *must* support ASAP: Sabrina Heisey and Tram Nguyen. Sabrina’s battle is in the September primary, and Tram’s is in the November general. These will be two of THE most transformative elections in Massachusetts this year. We could literally replace both the most conservative Democrat in the legislature AND the most conservative Republican in the legislature this year.
Sabrina is running in a primary against the literal most conservative Democrat in the entire state legislature. The entrenched incumbent, Colleen Garry, would be a Republican anywhere else. Colleen Garry, who loves to co-sponsor and vote for right-wing transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, and classist legislation to give it the air of bipartisanship, is anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ equality, attacks Black Lives Matter, it goes on… in a bad way. Sabrina Heisey, on the other hand, is a Dracut School Committee member, founder of the Greater Lowell League of Women Voters, a director of the Dracut Mom’s Group, a Girl Scout leader, and an adoption advocate. Her day job is a grant manager at Children’s Hospital. She’s pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ equality, pro-gun safety, it goes on… in a good way. She cares, deeply. In this Democratic primary for the 36th Middlesex district (Dracut & Tyngsborough), Sabrina Heisey would be a massive upgrade.
Meanwhile, Tram is running against one of the three or four most conservative Republicans in the entire state legislature (maybe *the* most conservative). The incumbent, Jim Lyons, was Ted Cruz’s Massachusetts campaign chairman in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, which should offer some indication of his politics. Lyons never passes on an opportunity to vilify immigrants. Lyons isn’t just anti-choice – he has voted to make it more difficult for women to get birth control. It goes on, and on, and on. Tram Nguyen, on the other hand, is a progressive legal aid attorney who knows what it means to advocate for all of us, especially the vulnerable and the voiceless. When she was five-years-old, she immigrated with her family from Vietnam. Her experiences inform her lifelong work to expand opportunity for everybody. I’ve had the chance to meet her personally, and she is a dynamo. In this general election for the 18th Essex district (parts of Andover, North Andover, Tewksbury, and Boxford), Tram Nguyen would be a massive upgrade, as well.
Again, these will be two of THE most transformative elections in Massachusetts this year. So, what am I asking? I’m urging you to Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, sign up for their mailing lists, and DONATE – right now, any amount is amazing. And, as summer unfolds, there will be lots of opportunities to knock doors and make phone calls to voters in Dracut & Tyngsborough, and Andover, North Andover, Tewksbury, and Boxford. Get involved and you can make our state legislature markedly more progressive!