For Immediate Release
July 11, 2018
Blais Endorsed by Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Adding to Impressive List of Supporters
State-wide Organization Endorses Eight Candidates Across Western Massachusetts
Sunderland, Mass – The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) has announced its endorsement of Natalie Blais, democratic candidate for State Representative (First Franklin District), in their first round of endorsements for candidates seeking political office in Western Massachusetts.
MWPC pointed to Blais’ experience, her commitment to public service after working for U.S. Representatives John Olver and Jim McGovern, and her longtime residency in western Massachusetts.
“I am truly grateful for the endorsement of the MWPC and for their belief in my candidacy,” said Blais. “The MWPC has worked tirelessly to educate and engage voters on the necessity of increasing the number of women in public office.”
Women represent just over half of Massachusetts’ residents, but only a quarter of the Massachusetts legislature is female.
“I look forward to working alongside the MWPC to bring the voices and experiences of women to the halls of the Massachusetts State House. And I will work to ensure that those perspectives are reflected in legislation and public policy that improve the lives of the people of the First Franklin District and the entire Commonwealth,” said Blais.
Amy Diamond, Founder of the MWPC Berkshire Committee and Member of the Board of Directors also noted, "This is a watershed year for the Caucus in many respects, and through these endorsements for offices statewide we are seeing this women’s movement unfolding right in front of our eyes.”
"We are pleased to endorse a group of terrific women candidates who are highly qualified and committed to making positive changes in districts across Western Massachusetts," said Gail Jackson Blount, MWPC Board President.
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee endorsements yielded major successes last year, as 29 of the 36 candidates endorsed in the fall 2017 municipal elections state-wide won their races. Eight of those candidates hailed from Western MA and six were elected into office. The Caucus hopes to continue on this successful trajectory by providing candidates with a myriad of resources needed to compete and win, including communications and social media support, volunteer recruitment, and voter outreach.
Blais is running in the First Franklin District to replace retiring State Representative Steve Kulik. She has also been endorsed by retired U.S. Representative John W. Olver, retired State Representative Ellen Story, Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan, Register of Probate John Merrigan, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.
“I am running for State Representative because we need someone with proven experience who can advocate for the First Franklin District on day one and fight for strong, healthy, connected communities,” said Blais.
About the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee:
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is a non-partisan organization that recruits, trains and elects qualified women to achieve political parity by increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions, as well as increasing the involvement of women of all ages in the political process.