Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards Endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State

Monday, August 6, 2018

BOSTON—Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston) today announced that she is endorsing Josh Zakim in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State.

"It's been an honor working alongside Josh on the Boston City Council and witnessing his leadership in championing civil rights and equitable access to voting not just in Boston but across the Commonwealth," said Edwards.

"Massachusetts residents would be best served by a progressive Secretary of State with vision to protect and create new pathways of civic engagement and transparent government. Josh Zakim has that vision and I'm proud to endorse him in his candidacy of Secretary of State."

Access to government is a central element of Zakim’s campaign. He has proposed allowing residents to register to vote on Election Day, further expanding early voting, and hosting statewide elections on weekends.

Edwards, who was elected to the Boston City Council in 2017, represents District 1, the communities of East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. Throughout her career, Edwards has focused on labor issues such as fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. She served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

“I am so grateful for Councilor Edward’s support,” said Zakim. “She has truly been a force for good in our City, being a strong advocate for the progressive issues and values that we share. From our time serving on the City Council together, I am convinced that Councilor Edwards will be an ally in protecting citizens from unjust barriers when it comes to voting.”

“We need to make sure that every eligible voter can register and that every registered voter can actually make it to the polls.” Zakim continued. “No one should face unfair barriers when it comes to voting. This is an issue Massachusetts should be a leader on. I will fight on behalf of Massachusetts residents every day to protect them from injustice.”

Councilor Edwards joins the campaign with many other Boston elected officials that have already endorsed, including Mayor Marty Walsh, Council President Andrea Campbell, Councilor Michelle Wu, Councilor Kim Janey, Councilor Matt O’Malley, Representative Aaron Michlewitz (North End) and Representative Adrian Madaro (East Boston).