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Let’s Go With Jo
Jo Comerford for State Senate! Ready to go on day one!
Hampshire | Franklin | Worcester
Experience, Leadership, Vision - Meet Jo Comerford
Jo Comerford has entered the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester State Senate race to win the seat as a Democratic write-in candidate.
You might already know Jo from her decades of work regionally and nationally. Jo came to western Massachusetts in the late 1990s fresh out of social work school to help lead a crisis intervention outreach team through the Center for Human Development. Jo quickly became part of the region’s progressive community. She worked for seven years as the director of the western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee and then as director of programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. After The Food Bank, Jo led National Priorities Project as its executive director. For the past four years, Jo has been a Campaign Director for MoveOn.
Jo has the leadership, experience, and vision necessary to head to Boston as a powerful and effective champion for the people of the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district.
Look Who's Endorsing Jo
"I want to make sure the people continue to be well-represented. And I see only one candidate who is up to that job. One candidate who will be able to do the job on day one. One candidate whose life has been committed to making sure that those without a seat at the table are heard. One candidate who has 20 years of leadership and experience, building coalitions. That candidate is Jo Comerford.“
“I know Jo Comerford, I know what she has done for real people here, throughout the district and I know that Jo Comerford can go to Boston and fight hard for us on day one. She has the experience, the courage and the heart/moral compass, as a nationally recognized community organizer and activist and as a mom. Jo Comerford has listened to the people of this district effectively for decades. She listens to us and she acts for us. She hears us and our concerns are hers. . . ."
From my many years in government, I know that progressive values alone are not enough to effectuate change. Good policy only comes to fruition through the efforts of experienced, principled and savvy leaders. Jo is one of those special people. That is why I strongly endorse Jo Comerford for the Franklin Hampshire Worcester Senate seat.
I know that Jo and I share many of the same values. And while that’s comforting, what’s even more important is that I know she’ll be the kind of partner I need for our city—in the good times and in the difficult times. She’s tireless. And she just never gives up.
After David Murphy announced his withdrawal from the race for the Hampshire Franklin Worcester Senate seat vacated by Stan Rosenberg, he joined with Ellen Story to endorse Jo Comerford for State Senate.
Ellen served as State Representative for the Third Hampshire District with great distinction for nearly 25 years. She has known Murphy for decades and was backing his bid for State Senate. But when Murphy withdrew, Ellen wanted to join him in supporting Jo.
Murphy stated, “I’ve known Ellen for 25 years. She’s been a friend, a mentor, and someone who I admire and respect. I know how much people of this district look up to Ellen and respect her views and together we are going to make history by electing Jo Comerford to the State Senate.” He emphasized that “Jo will be an outstanding representative for this district.” Noting Jo’s “wealth of experience,”
Ellen stated that, following Murphy’s withdrawal from the race, “It was clear to me that Jo Comerford would be the person that would best be our next Senator.”
Let's Go With Jo
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I support public education in both my words and actions. My desire to be the strongest possible public education advocate is a top reason that I entered the race for
Massachusetts was the laboratory of democracy that gave life to the system that is now colloquially known as Obamacare.It is time for Massachusetts to lead again.
On THE ENVIRONMENT
Especially now, as Donald Trump rolls back federal environmental protection gains with reckless abandon, Massachusetts must invest significant resources in the environment.
On OUR ELDERS
A society should be judged by how we treat our people at the “bookends” of life, as children and as elders. Elders have a right to age in place and deserve both life and death with dignity.
On FARMS AND FARMERS
There are local farms and farmers in every city and town in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district, where we have some of the richest soil in the nation. Farming is intrinsic to who we are.
On REGIONAL FOOD SECURITY
I had the privilege to serve as the Director of Programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which serves all four western Massachusetts counties.
On CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
My entire professional career has been centered around defending the human and economic rights of people in local communities. The clock, these days, is ticking backwards.
On CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Crime rates in Massachusetts have declined every year for the last six years, and with them, overall rates of incarceration. Yet there’s much more to this story.
On THE OPIOID CRISIS
I have seen the devastating impact of trauma and addiction on individuals and families up close. It has opened my eyes and heart to what’s needed now to meet the escalating opioid crisis in our region.
Each year the budget is a key part of the work of the Massachusetts legislature. If elected State Senator, I’ll help decide how the Commonwealth spends our money and how we raise the funds.
Accessibility in its fullest sense is the right to be seen and not be forced to live on the margins of our communities. It is at the core of what people living with a disability and their allies are demanding.
I’m running because I know what it takes to fight for issues that will improve the quality of life for every person in our district and across t he Commonwealth.
“Send me to the State House and I will arrive not just as one woman determined to be a champion for our district, but as someone who knows that I bring the strength, grit, and hope of upwards of 160,000 constituents from 24 communities with me.”