Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz Endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State

Friday, March 9, 2018

BOSTON—Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz today endorsed Josh Zakim in his campaign for Secretary of State, saying that Zakim’s focus on increasing access to government for everyone is what Massachusetts needs right now.

“With the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress doing everything in their power to restrict voting rights and keep people away from the polls, Josh’s focus about removing barriers to the ballot box is crucial,” Narkewicz said. “We need innovative leadership in the Secretary of State’s office, and that’s exactly what Josh will bring.”

Zakim has proposed common sense voting reforms, including Election Day registration, weekend voting, no excuse absentee ballots and increased early voting. His opponent, Secretary Bill Galvin, has resisted these changes for decades, and is currently leading an appeal in the Supreme Judicial Court to keep in place a 20-day voter registration deadline that the Superior Court has called arbitrary and unconstitutional.

Narkewicz was re-elected to his third term as Mayor in 2017. He has compiled an impressive record for his city on issues including fiscal stability, affordable housing, transportation, renewable energy, open space preservation, and economic development.

“I am thrilled to have earned Mayor Narkewicz’s support,” Zakim said. “He has helped Northampton emerge as a regional and statewide leader economically, socially and culturally. His fresh ideas have greatly benefited Northampton, and I look forward to having his help throughout this campaign.”

Zakim, a Boston City Councilor, was first elected in 2013. He chairs the Council’s Committee on Housing and Community Development, as well as the Special Committee on Civil Rights.

“The Secretary of State’s office is vital to every single person in Massachusetts, even if they don’t realize it,” he said. “From eligible voters to business owners to investors to residents who simply want to know what is happening with their tax dollars, this is their office, and I will be fighting in their corner every day.”