City Councilor Matt O'Malley Endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State

Monday, February 12, 2018

Boston -- Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley today announced that he is endorsing Josh Zakim in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State.

“Josh has been a source of smart, innovative ideas on the City Council, and he will bring that same energy, passion and intellect to the Secretary of State’s office,” O’Malley said. “Voting rights are under attack at the federal level, and we need progressive leadership in this office more than ever. That’s what Josh will bring to the job.”

O’Malley referenced Zakim’s efforts on the City Council to strengthen voting rights and increase access to the polls, as well as make open records more accessible and expand affordable housing opportunities.

“Josh’s commitment to public service is rooted in his DNA,” O’Malley continued. “Thanks to his family, he has fought for social and economic justice his entire life. And the Secretary of State has the ability to help every single person in Massachusetts. Josh is absolutely the right fit.”

O’Malley won a special election to the Council in 2010 to represent District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and Mission Hill), and has since been re-elected four times. He chairs the Council’s Environment and Parks Committee, where he authored the recently-passed plastic bag ban.

“I am thrilled and honored to have Matt’s endorsement and support,” Zakim said. “I have worked with Matt on many matters, and have always come away impressed and inspired by his tireless commitment to progressive causes.”

Zakim, who was elected to the City Council in 2013, has made increasing the public’s access to government the cornerstone of his campaign.

“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.”