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Mass Nurses PAC endorsements: 2012 general election

This year, we saw firsthand the importance of PAC endorsements and the resulting relationships with legislators. Many of the candidates we endorsed in the past were our champions on Beacon Hill and were responsible for the passage of legislation banning mandatory overtime, as well as keeping Taunton State Hospital open.

The Massachusetts Nurses PAC has endorsed and recommends that you support the following pro-nurse candidates on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Additional candidates may be endorsed in the weeks leading up to the election, so please check your mailbox for more information on these candidates.

U.S. Congress

Candidates seeking open seats


Joseph P. Kennedy III
4th Congressional District

  • Seat being vacated by Congressman Barney Frank
  • Understands issues affecting nurses and will be a voice for nurses in Congress
  • Supports measures that protect patient care and improve working conditions for RN’s
  • Will work to guarantee that Social Security and Medicare remain solvent and effective for both current and future generations

Candidates seeking re-election

Congressman Jim McGovern
2nd Congressional District

  • Co-sponsor of the federal Safe Staffing bill
  • Co-sponsor of NNU endorsed Robin Hood Tax bill
  • Opposes cuts to Social Security benefits
  • Longtime ally of MNA bargaining units throughout his district

Congressman John Tierney
6th Congressional District

  • Co-sponsor of the federal Safe Staffing bill
  • Instrumental in helping Boston Med Flight to organize, a decision that had been held up by the National Mediation Board prior to Congressman Tierney’s intervention
  • Opposes cuts to Social Security benefits

Congressman Bill Keating
9th Congressional District

  • Co-sponsor of the federal Safe Staffing bill
  • Worked with the MNA as Norfolk County district attorney to develop our violence prevention agenda
  • Opposes cuts to Social Security benefits
  • Spoke out immediately and worked with us to save Taunton State Hospital from closure, protecting the mental health safety net for those living in Southeastern Massachusetts


U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren

  • Will support legislation to guarantee better working conditions for nurses and safer care for patients
  • Will support MNA bargaining units in their fights for fair contracts
  • Opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare



Massachusetts Senate

Candidates seeking open seats

Joan Lovely
D-2nd Essex
Beverly, Salem, Topsfield, Peabody, Danvers


Kathleen O’Connor Ives
D-1st Essex
Haverhill, Merrimac, North Andover, Newburyport,
Methuen, Amesbury, Salisbury


Candidates seeking re-election

Harriette Chandler
D-1st Worcester
Boylston, Northborough, Worcester, Clinton, Princeton, Holden, West Boylston

Ken Donnelly
D-4th Middlesex
Woburn, Billerica, Lexington, Arlington, Burlington

Jamie Eldridge
D-Middlesex & Worcester
Marlborough, Littleton, Harvard, Acton, Maynard, Northborough, Ayer, Shirley, Boxborough, Stow, Southborough, Hudson, Sudbury, Westborough

Michael Moore
D-2nd Worcester
Worcester, Auburn, Northbridge, Grafton, Leicester, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Upton

Therese Murray
D-Plymouth & Barnstable
Kingston, Bourne, Pembroke, Falmouth, Plymouth, Sandwich

Marc Pacheco
D-1st Plymouth & Bristol
Bridgewater, Middleborough, Berkley, Carver, Wareham, Dighton, Marion, Raynham, Taunton


Anthony Petruccelli
D-1st Suffolk & Middlesex
Boston, Revere, Cambridge, Winthrop

Richard Ross
R-Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex
Franklin, Norfolk, Attleboro, Natick, Plainville, Millis, Wellesley, Sherborn, Needham, North
Attleborough, Wayland, Wrentham

Mike Rush
D-Norfolk & Suffolk
Boston, Dover, Norwood, Dedham, Westwood,

Karen Spilka
D-2nd Middlesex and Norfolk
Ashland, Hopkinton, Franklin, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Medway

James Timilty
D-Bristol & Norfolk
Attleboro, Norton, Foxborough, Rehoboth,Medfield, Seekonk, Sharon, Mansfield, Walpole

James Welch
Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield


Massachusetts House of Representatives

Candidates seeking open seats

Claire Cronin
D-11th Plymouth
Brockton, Easton

Josh Cutler
D-6th Plymouth
Duxbury, Hanson, Pembroke

Marjorie Decker
D-25th Middlesex

Kenneth Gordon
D-21st Middlesex
Bedford, Burlington,

Mary Keefe
D-15th Worcester

Dave Rogers
D-24th Middlesex District
Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge

Aaron Vega
D-5th Hampden

 Candidates challenging current state representatives

Sam DiSanti
D-3rd Hampden
Agawam, Granville, Southwick

Bob Dubois
D-8th Worcester
Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville,

Sherry Costa Hanlon
D-3rd Bristol District
Easton, Taunton

Barbara L’Italien
D-18th Essex
Andover, Boxford, North Andover,

Kathleen Walker
D-6th Worcester
Charlton, Dudley, Southbridge,

Jonathan Zlotnik
D-2nd Worcester District
Ashburnham, Gardner, Winchendon,

Candidates seeking re-election

Denise Andrews
D-2nd Franklin
Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange,
Warwick, Wendell, Belchertown,
Athol, Petersham, Phillipston,
Royalston, Templeton

Brian Ashe
D-2nd Hampden
East Longmeadow, Hampden,
Longmeadow, Monson

John Binienda
D-17th Worcester
Worcester, Leicester

Garrett Bradley
D-3rd Plymouth
Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Scituate

Tom Calter
D-12th Plymouth
Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Middleborough, Plymouth, Plympton

Jim Cantwell
D-4th Plymouth
Marshfield, Scituate

Tom Conroy
D-13th Middlesex
Framingham, Marlborough,
Sudbury, Wayland

Sean Curran
D-9th Hampden
Chicopee, Springfield

Mark Cusack
D-5th Norfolk
Braintree, Holbrook, Randolph

Robert DeLeo
D-19th Suffolk
Revere, Winthrop

Carolyn Dykema
D-8th Middlesex
Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough,

Bob Fennell
D-10th Essex

Michael Finn
D-6th Hampden
Chicopee, Springfield, West

Linda Dorcena Forry
D-12th Suffolk
Milton, Boston

Sean Garballey
D-23rd Middlesex
Arlington, Medford

Denise Garlick
D-13th Norfolk
Dover, Medfield, Needham

Anne Gobi
D-5th Worcester
Ware, Barre, Brookfield, East
Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Spencer, West Brookfield


Tom Golden
D-16th Middlesex
Chelmsford, Lowell

John Lawn
D-10th Middlesex
Newton, Waltham, Watertown

Dave Linsky
D-5th Middlesex
Natick, Sherborn, Millis

Paul Mark
D-2nd Berkshire
Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Pittsfield,
Savoy, Windsor, Bernardston,
Charlemont, Colrain, Greenfield,
Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe,
Northfield, Rowe

Jamie Murphy
D-4th Norfolk
Weymouth, Hingham

Dave Nangle
D-17th Middlesex
Chelmsford, Lowell

Rhonda Nyman
D-5th Plymouth
Hanover, Norwell, Rockland

James O’Day
D-14th Worcester
Worcester, West Boylston

Eugene O’Flaherty
D-2nd Suffolk
Boston, Chelsea

Denise Provost
D-27th Middlesex

Angelo Puppolo, Jr.
D-12th Hampden
East Longmeadow, Springfield,

John Rogers
D-12th Norfolk
Norwood, Walpole

Dennis Rosa
D-4th Worcester

Angelo Scaccia
D-14th Suffolk

Carl Sciortino
D-34th Middlesex
Medford, Somerville

William Straus
D-10th Bristol
Fairhaven, New Bedford, Marion,
Mattapoisett, Rochester

Walter Timilty
D-7th Norfolk
Milton, Randolph

Tim Toomey
D-26th Middlesex
Cambridge, Somerville

Chris Walsh
D-6th Middlesex