YDMA Announces New Endorsements for 2019 Municipal Elections

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse the following candidates for the 2019 municipal elections:

  • Nina Liang for Quincy City Council
  • Jimmy Pereira for Mayor of Brockton
  • Zac Bears for Medford City Council
  • Stephanie Martins for Everett City Council (Ward 2)
  • Etel Haxhiaj for Worcester City Council
  • John Trobaugh for Worcester School Committee
  • Jermoh Kamara for Worcester School Committee
  • Samantha Perlman for Marlborough City Council
  • Ty Chum for Lowell City Council
  • Harry Kortikere for Lowell City Council

 

Nina Liang — Quincy — City Council

We’re proud to once again endorse Nina Liang for Quincy City Councilor at Large. Having completed her second term on the City Council, Nina continues to believe that representation matters in this diverse city to continue working on inclusion and engagement with under-served populations. She is the youngest member of the council, and the only Chinese-American ever elected to it. Quincy is rapidly growing, and thanks to Nina, all public land sold for development needs the approval of the City Council. She will continue to work to help the city develop smarter and protect vulnerable communities as Quincy continues its unprecedented growth. We need more people like Nina in office.

 

Jimmy Pereira – Brockton – Mayor

We’re thrilled to endorse Jimmy Pereira for Mayor of Brockton. Jimmy is running to create opportunity and prosperity in the city that he grew up in. He’s empowering at-risk youth drawing on his own experience growing up in the Department of Youth Services. He is a progressive leader in the gateway city: currently service as the first Vice Chairperson of the Brockton Democratic City Committee and fighting for environmental justice as a community and transportation planner with the Old Colony Planning Council. He understands the struggles facing families in Brockton, because he’s experienced many of them first hand. He’s also seeking to be the first person of color elected to Mayor in this majority minority city. We need more people like Jimmy in office.
 
Zac Bears – Medford – City Council
 
 

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Zac Bears for Medford City Council. Zac is a strong progressive whose work on education policy with the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts has helped guide the state-level discussion around how best to assure that critical education needs are fully funded. As a city councilor, Zac would continue to fight for investments in programs that benefit the people of Medford. He wants to make sure that Medford remains a city where working class people are able to continue to live and raise their families, and make sure that it remains affordable for the next generation of families. We need more people like Zac in office. 

 

Stephanie Martins – Everett — City Council Ward 2

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Stephanie Martins for Everett City Council – Ward 2. Stephanie is focused on bringing accessibility and transparency to the city government, assuring that the people in her district have a representative who will make their voices heard. Her desire to run for office comes from a deeply held commitment to public service, something she has already shown with her years of engagement with the youth in her community. She has a clear vision of what she wants for the future of Everett, and that vision starts with making sure there are stronger programs around youth services. Previously, Stephanie served as chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and in that role worked to create programming that helped the organization grow. We need more people like Stephanie in office.

 

Etel Haxhiaj – Worcester – City Council

 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Etel Haxhiaj for Worcester City Council. Etel is an activist and organizer who has already shown that she will stand up for labor rights and bold environmental action. In her advocacy, Etel has fought to make the city of Worcester a better, more equitable place for all, and as a City Councilor, her actions would be guided by that desire. We need more people like Etel in office.
 
John Trobaugh – Worcester – School Committee
 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse John Trobaugh for Worcester School Committee. As a father of two current students in the Worcester public school system, John brings a point of view that is shockingly lacking on the school committee. He has spoken about the need to create a pipeline for current students of color to become teachers so that the teacher population more closely resemble the student body, and he understands the need for a comprehensive, evidence based sex-education curriculum that includes lessons on consent and healthy relationships. We need more people like John in office.
 
Jermoh Kamara – Worcester – School Committee
 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Jermoh Kamara for Worcester School Committee. Jermoh is an extremely impressive candidate who would bring a new energy and fresh perspective  to a school committee that desperately needs it. With a background in public health, she understands the need for evidence-based policies around sex education, and she brings a vision for addressing the severe and persistent racial inequalities in the Worcester public school system. We need more people like Jermoh in office.
 
Samantha Perlman – Marlborough – City Council
 
 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Samantha Perlman for City Council in Marlborough. Sam is a strong progressive advocate with a background in civic education and community engagement who is deeply committed to working to make sure all residents have a voice in their government. She has put forward an ambitious agenda to diversify the city’s government, improve outreach to marginalized communities within the city to make sure they are receiving the services they need, and make the investments needed to reach zero net carbon emissions. We are proud to stand with Samantha Perlman in her campaign and look forward to working to get her elected.
 
 
Harry Kortikere – Lowell – City Council
 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Harry Kortikere for City Council in Lowell. Harry is running a strong grassroots campaign with a bold platform of investing more in transportation infrastructure, economic development, and public education. He wants to work with UMass Lowell and city’s economic development office to create more employment opportunities for the region’s graduates to keep them living and working in the city of Lowell. As an immigrant and an entrepreneur, he will bring valuable new perspectives to the Council. We urge Lowell voters to give him one of their votes in the September 24th preliminary and again on November 5th.
 
Ty Chum – Lowell – City Council
 
 
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Ty Chum for City Council in Lowell. Ty is running a campaign focused on breaking down barriers for young people in the city of Lowell. He is driven by a desire to give back to the community that supported him and his family when they came to the United States as refugees from Cambodia. He has stood with other activists fighting for increased funding for education, city-wide violence prevention programs, and environmental sustainability. Now, he wants to bring his voice to the council to fight for those causes that he holds so dear. That is why we are proud to endorse Ty Chum and look forward to working to get him elected.