Hello BMG. I haven’t been on here in a while, but I wanted to take a moment to discuss the Fourth Congressional District race. Also, for those who may be new here, this is my personal endorsement, not an official word from the Mermell campaign (where I have volunteered a little).
I first met Jesse in 2002 (yikes, that seems hard to believe, but it’s true), when she was managing the reelection campaign of State Senator Pam Resor. Resor’s reelection was not a sure thing, but she won, and Jesse ran a professional operation. In 2007, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Brookline Board of Selectmen. She served for six years there, then became Communications Director for Governor Patrick and led his Strong Women Strong Families initiative.
She also served as State Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and until last September, when she stepped down to run for Congress, she was President of the Alliance for Business Leadership, an association of progressive business leaders.
As you may know, she was running for this seat the last time it opened up, but Joe Kennedy entered the race, making it impossible. (It would be a little ironic if Joe lost to Markey and Jesse got Joe’s seat.)
This year — and this is good news, given current trends — the field is broad and strong. But there is only one candidate who has experience, a long record of fighting for progressive causes, and youth. Yes I think youth matters.
Jesse Mermell is exactly the sort of person we should be sending to Congress. I know that a long commitment to the Democratic Party is not going to swing this election, but I’d be happy if it did. Elected or unelected, Jesse has served the Democratic Party and Democratic causes for her entire adult life. Her friendship with Ayanna Pressley is well known, but her tireless commitment to that amazing win (which, lest we forget, was considered a longshot at the beginning) is perhaps less well known.
She’s got policy background, a communications background, and a lot of time on the actual ground working for the people of the district.
Like I said, this is a solid field, and this race will be tight. A few of the other candidates have done considerable self-funding, but Jesse’s campaign has been purely grassroots. I would encourage everyone to learn more about Jesse here.
And if you’re moved to donate, you can do so here.
The Fourth Congressional District has several good choices, but Jesse stands out. The voters have a chance to choose someone who’s in for the long fight, has never wavered from her core issues, and is young enough to scare the opposition. I hope they take that chance and nominate Jesse Mermell.