Greetings, Blue Mass Group! My name is Mac D’Alessandro. I’m the New England Political Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and, as of this week, I am a candidate for United States Congress from Massachusetts’ 9th district. I am a progressive Democrat, and I’m running for Congress because I believe that the working families in our communities deserve a Congressman who will fight for them and who will actually be a leader on key issues that matter to them – from reforming our health care system (and building on the recently-passed reforms) to holding Wall Street accountable to investing in job creation for our communities to protecting our civil rights and ensuring equal protection under the law.
I have spent my career fighting for working families. I’ve been with the SEIU for nine years. Prior to that, I worked for Greater Boston Legal Services, directing legislative efforts to help families combat poverty. I live in Milton with my wife Jennie, our children Sophie and Atticus, and our cat Nile. Like most families throughout the district and across Massachusetts, my wife and I sit at our kitchen table on a regular basis, going over our bills and the family budget, paying for today while trying to save for tomorrow. We see too often that the well-being of Fortune 500 companies are put in front of the good fortune of working families like ours. That is why I’m running. The 9th district deserves more than just another representative; the district deserves someone who will champion our Democratic ideals in the U.S. House of Representatives as we fight to balance the playing field for working families like ours.
We need your help!
The deadline for submitting signatures is rapidly approaching. We have to submit 2,000 valid signatures to city and town clerks’ offices by Tuesday, May 4th; so, we’ve set a goal to gather 4,000 signatures so that we leave nothing to chance. On both Saturday, April 24, and Saturday, May 1, we’ll be meeting at 9:30 AM in the parking lot of First Parish at 535 Canton Avenue in Milton before dispersing to surrounding neighborhoods to collect signatures. Again, the May 4 deadline is fast approaching, so any time you can volunteer is tremendously appreciated. If there are times besides the two Saturdays that you can help gather signatures over the next twelve days, or if you have any questions, you can e-mail our campaign at VolunteerWithMac@gmail.com or call us at 617-273-1443.
Also, we have a Facebook page that is fast approaching 1,000 members after only a few days. Please join the Mac D’Alessandro for Congress 2010 Facebook group, and please invite your friends on Facebook to join by clicking on the “Invite People to Join” button in the upper left-hand corner of the page.
I hope you will join our effort to give the Democratic primary voters of the 9th district a real choice. Step One is collecting enough signatures over the next twelve days to earn a spot on the ballot. I would be honored if you would volunteer your time with us, and I hope to see you on the campaign trail.
Update: You can now donate via Act Blue!