Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s campaign for State Senate is up and running on all cylinders and building big momentum with key endorsements in advance of a special primary election now set for Tuesday, April 30.
Rep. Forry greeted voters at Ashmont Station on Monday. She is flanked by volunteers Deirdre Habershaw, Craig Galvin and Chris Shannon of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which has endorsed Rep. Forry’s candidacy for Senate.
In the last week, the five-term state lawmaker and her campaign team have opened a campaign headquarters, coordinated an aggressive, district-wide nomination signature drive, and conducted door-to-door canvass operations that deployed dozens of volunteers across the First Suffolk district.
Forry’s campaign scored a flurry of key endorsements this past week, including the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, MassEquality, and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters— which has joined Carpenters Local 67 in supporting Forry’s candidacy.
“We are off to a great start,” said Rep. Forry, who has served in the state Legislature since 2005. “These endorsements are a huge boost to our efforts. I am honored to have the support of these organizations, which contribute so much to the vibrant civic life in our communities.”
“We’re running a grassroots campaign,” Rep. Forry added. “Over the next two months I intend to meet as many of my future constituents as possible to let them know about my accomplishments in the Legislature and about my vision for our district moving forward. I am personally knocking doors, visiting businesses and greeting commuters outside of T stops. We are hitting events all over the First Suffolk district, from Mattapan Square to Broadway.”
Over the weekend, Rep. Forry attended more than a dozen district events, including three ward caucuses in South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester. She addressed the ward 6 and 7 Democratic committees at South Boston’s Curley Community Center before making it back to Dorchester in time to address the Ward 15 Democratic Committee. The Ward 15 committee voted to endorse Rep. Forry’s candidacy for Senate following their meeting.
Rep. Forry addressed a ward caucus at South Boston’s Curley Community Center on Sat., Feb. 23.
“Even though my current House district does not include Ward 15, I have built strong relationships across the city and I have worked hard to earn their support,” Rep. Forry said. “I am proud that the Democratic activists in Ward 15 are in my corner.”
Team Forry also got a big lift from two major organizations that endorsed her candidacy in recent days: MassEquality, the state’s leading advocacy organization for ensuring the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents more than 22,000 men and women across the region.
“We are thrilled to endorse Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry in this special election for State Senate,” stated Kara Suffredini, Executive Director of MassEquality. “She has been a champion for the civil rights for all people and an unwavering, powerful voice for the LGBTQ community throughout her career in the Legislature. Rep. Forry played a pivotal role in the debate to ensure that our hard-won rights remain secure in the Commonwealth. She will add an important new progressive voice to the State Senate.”
“Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry has been a tremendous ally in the State House for the Carpenters and for working families in Massachusetts,” said Chris Shannon of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “Linda has always been there for us when we’ve needed her. She understands the vital role that our hard-working members play in the local economy. She always has our back and we are proud to stand with her in this campaign for State Senate.”
In other campaign developments:
• Rep. Forry is now officially a candidate for State Senate, according to city and state election officials. Scores of volunteers collected well in excess of 700 signatures so far and the city of Boston certified more than the 300 required to make the ballot.
• The Forry for Senate campaign opened its headquarters last week at 100 Hallet Street— an office building in Neponset in the heart of the First Suffolk district. The office is located right next to the Keystone Apartments and Florian Hall— a key polling location. The office has ample room to conduct large volunteer trainings and phone banks, several of which have already been held in the space.
Scores of volunteers gathered more than 700 signatures to nominate Rep. Forry for State Senate over the last several days.
• The Forry campaign has been updating its growing base of volunteers on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook site has many photos of the candidate and her team at work: http://www.facebook.com/ldfforboston. The Forry campaign office can be reached by phone at 617-766-6149.
Rep. Forry is a native Bostonian who was born and raised in the First Suffolk district and has lived within the Senate seat’s boundaries her entire life— first as a youngster growing up in Uphams Corner and today as a mom and homeowner in Lower Mills. Elected in 2005, she is currently the House chairman of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and has been the architect of several key legislative achievements in recent years, including new laws aimed at reducing health care costs for small businesses, protecting temporary workers from unfair hiring practices and funding community-based projects aimed at stimulating new jobs across the state.
She and her husband Bill Forry are raising their four children in Dorchester. Linda is a graduate of St. Kevin Grammar School, Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School, and Boston College. She is presently a candidate for a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2013).