Press Release: U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
June 29th, 2018
BOSTON—Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who represents the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District, today announced her endorsement of Josh Zakim in his campaign for Massachusetts Secretary of State.
“The Commonwealth’s Secretary of State is responsible for protecting one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy – the right to vote,” Tsongas said. “But this right is being threatened by foreign powers interfering with our elections, by powerful interests eroding the protections of the Voting Rights Act, and by political partisanship attempting to discriminate or disenfranchise voters at their polling places.
“I’m endorsing Josh because I believe he will bring the leadership and new ideas needed to preserve the integrity of this most fundamental right and will ensure Massachusetts as a national leader when it comes to making sure that everyone has the right to vote and know their vote has been counted,” she continued.
Zakim lauded Tsongas’ leadership on a number of issues, including her staunch support of reproductive rights and of LGBTQ issues.
“Congresswoman Tsongas has been a role model for me for a long time because of her unending support for social justice and progressive causes,” Zakim said. “Her advocacy for her district and her constituents knows no bounds. I am thrilled and honored to have her endorsement.”
Zakim, a three-term member of the Boston City Council, has focused his campaign heavily on increasing access to government and further expanding voting rights.
“It is also imperative that the American people have trust and confidence in their institutions of government,” she said. “I believe that Josh’s commitment to a more transparent and accessible government will help meet that most essential goal.
“In the days ahead, we need leaders who will empower the voices of all 6.8 million residents of the Commonwealth to use all the tools democracy affords us to fight back against those threatening our most sacred American values,” Tsongas added. “I believe Josh’s tireless advocacy on the Boston City Council, complemented by his commitment to progressive values, social justice, women's reproductive rights and health, and equality for all, best qualify him to bring new leadership, new ideas, and new opportunities to the Commonwealth and the people living here.”