Note that Massachusetts has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means that if you are registered with a party, you have to vote in their primary, but if you are not registered with any party, you can choose which primary to vote in.
Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Massachusetts – Massachusetts , but note that it was written way back in late-October of 2017 and candidates have changed. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since that original Massachusetts post was made.
Bob Massie seems like the strongest progressive candidate, though Jay Gonzalez’s platform is not bad either.
Jimmy Tingle is running mate for Bob Massie and Quentin Palfrey is the running mate for Jay Gonzalez.
Elizabeth Warren is the only Democrat running. She is fairly progressive on many things, though many Berners were disappointed that she failed to endorse Bernie in 2016 and has been timid on supporting progressive legislation. The only other candidate running who seems to be progressive is Joshua Ford, though very little information is available about him online and I could only find his CrowdPAC page.
MA-01: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud (Endorsed by Our Revolution)
MA-02: Incumbent Jim McGovern is quite progressive and a member of the Medicare-for-All Caucus
MA-03: Incumbent Niki Tsongas is not running for re-election. There are many Democratic candidates. I recommend voting for either Alexandra Chandler or Barbara L’Italien or possibly for Jeffrey Ballinger, though his website is a little less detailed. There is also a Justice Democrat candidate Juana Matias. Despite being endorsed by the Justice Democrats, I don’t think Juana’s platform is as strong as either Chandler or L’Italien. For instance, Juana says she would fight to “offer Medicare as a public option” to the ACA, while both Chandler and L’Italien are for Medicare-for-All. Matias also does not call for free college tuition, while the other candidates do.
MA-04: Gary Rucinski
MA-05: Incumbent Katherine Clark is very progressive and is a member of the Medicare-for-All Caucus
MA-06: Incumbent Seth Moulton is pretty conservative for a Democrat and a member of the neoliberal New Democrat Coalition. However, he does not have a progressive challenger. All the other candidates, Republican Joe Schneider, Veterans Party of America candidate Thomas Labo (no website) and independent Mary Charbonneau are also conservative, probably even more so than Moulton.
MA-07: Incumbent Michael Capuano is a strong progressive and member of the Medicare-for-All Caucus. Capuano in fact has supported Medicare-for-All for over a decade and is known for fighting fraud and abuse and for promoting peace over war. He is being challenged by Ayanna Pressley, who is a Justice Democrat Candidate. There is a great deal of overlap between the platforms of Capuano and Pressley and both support Medicare-for-All. There is some question though about Pressley’s commitment to a progressive agenda. This Intercept article says “Pressley is backed by major donors and powerful figures within the Democratic Party’s elite”, although as a Justice Democrat, she can’t accept any super PAC donations from such donors. A bit more worrying, is this part of the article that says “as Sanders stumped for universal health care and tuition-free college, Pressley declared at a Clinton campaign press conference in Boston that “plans without price tags are simply pandering.” The article goes on to say “Pressley said she hoped to emulate lawmakers such as Rep. Seth Moulton, a centrist member of the business-friendly New Democrats Coalition.”
MA-08: Incumbent Democrat Stephen Lynch is quite conservative for a Democrat. Brianna Wu is a much stronger progressive who supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions.
MA-09: Incumbent Bill Keating is another conservative Democrat. He is being challenged by a good progressive Bill Cimbrelo. Here is Cimbrelo’s platform, which includes Medicare-for-All, a Federal Jobs Guarantee, $ 15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, etc.
Secretary of the Commonwealth: (this is analogous to Secretary of State)
Josh Zakin supports same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, weekend election days, no excuse absentee voting, ranked choice voting and election security (including risk limiting audits of the vote).
Here are some state-level races. I haven’t had time to research them, so people will need to research the candidates in their district. These links are to the list of candidates for each race.
Governor’s Council: (The council records advice and consent regarding gubernatorial appointments, warrants for the state treasury, and pardons and commutations.)
These races will be on the November 6th ballot, but not on the primary ballot for September 4th. I’m listing them here, because I won’t have time to write about them on November 6th. You can read about them now and be prepared when the time comes.
State Ballot Measures:
Suffolk County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts_(2018)
Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.