Healey gives endorsements in SouthCoast State Representative races

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Current Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial leader Maura Healey has made no secret of who she wants to work with in Beacon Hill if she takes over the corner office in January.

With two state representatives on the South Coast — Chris Markey (D-Dartmouth) and Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett) — flanked by rare primary challenges, Healey decided to put his political clout behind seasoned lawmakers, urging their constituents to send them back. in the legislature.

Representative Markey of Bristol’s 9th District, which includes his home town of Dartmouth and parts of the North End of New Bedford, has served in the Legislative Assembly since 2011, when he succeeded longtime incumbent John Quinn. Markey, a former prosecutor and lawyer in private practice, currently serves on the House Committee on Audit and Oversight, the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, the Joint Committee on Revenues and the Committee Joint on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

Markey campaigned on the work he did at the State House to secure major investments in early childhood education, local infrastructure investments in offshore wind and his district’s strong response to COVID. , after securing a vaccination site in Dartmouth that was accessible by New Bedford public transit.

Markey is challenged to his left by Cameron Costa, a local youth activist who was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Higher Education Council’s Student Advisory Council and the New Bedford Site Advisory Council for the Department of Mental Health . It has been endorsed by local labor and progressive organizations such as the AFL-CIO and the Social Justice Coalition.

Costa campaigns on left-wing corner issues such as his support for — and Markey’s opposition to — the Job and Family Mobility Act, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, and the ” millionaires’ tax” proposed on this year’s statewide ballot.

Healey said in her endorsement of Markey that she appreciated his experience and pragmatism.

Courtesy of the Markey Campaign

Courtesy of the Markey Campaign

“Rep Markey is a dedicated public servant who can be counted on to take a thoughtful and balanced approach to governance.” Healey said. “He’s been a strong leader for Bristol’s 9th District and I’m proud to support him for re-election.”

A few miles to the east, Representative Bill Straus, who represents Bristol’s 10th District, made up of parts of northern New Bedford and Acushnet, as well as Fairhaven, Marion, Rochester and his hometown of Mattapoisett, is faced a major challenge on his right flank by local businessman Rick Trapilo. Straus has held the seat of 10th Bristol since 1993 and currently chairs the powerful State House Transport Committee.

Straus is campaigning for re-election as transportation chairman, after playing a key role in drafting and passing the $11 million transportation and climate bill, which, among many other bills, provides funds for the construction of an updated New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge, and for securing the long-awaited arrival of South Coast Rail, which will bring rail service from the area to Boston.

Trapilo, once a registered Republican in the 1990s before switching to Democrat in 2000, has presented himself as a “conservative Democrat” running to the right of Straus. Trapilo has been endorsed by some prominent local business leaders such as restaurateur Steve Silverstein and by the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.

Trapilo criticized Straus for his opposition to the repeal of the state gas tax and for his support for the police reform bill passed in the wake of the 2020 George Floyd protests.

Straus has touted endorsements from the overwhelming majority of elected municipal officials in his district and recently the endorsement of future future Governor Healey.

Courtesy of the Straus Campaign

Courtesy of the Straus Campaign

“Bill Straus has been a great partner and leader in expanding access to public transit, fixing our roads and bridges, and boosting our economy,” Healey said. “He is a strong supporter of the South Coast and I am proud to support him in his campaign for re-election.”

Early voting for the state primary has begun and runs through Friday, September 2. Election day is Tuesday, September 6. You can find your polling place here.

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