Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera Endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State

Friday, February 16, 2018

Boston -- Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, one of the state Democratic party’s rising stars, today announced that he is endorsing Josh Zakim in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State.

“Josh is speaking to the issues that are important to the people of Lawrence,” Rivera said. “His campaign is about inclusion and making government more open. Voting rights, access to the polls – this is what I hear when I travel from neighborhood to neighborhood in Lawrence.”

Making government more accessible is the cornerstone of Zakim’s campaign. His proposals have included allowing residents to register to vote on Election Day, further expanding early voting and hosting statewide elections on weekends.

“Lawrence wants and needs a tireless and innovative thinker like Josh in the Secretary of State’s office,” Rivera said. “People may not realize just how important this job is to their daily lives, but the Secretary of State can help every person in Massachusetts. Whether it is about protecting and expanding civil rights like voting, or helping businesses get registered, or protecting seniors from financial scams or ensuring people have easy and affordable access to their public records, Josh will get it done for them.”

A former Lawrence City Councilor, Rivera was elected mayor in 2013, and since has led Lawrence to an impressive economic turnaround with improved schools, sustained development and a declining unemployment rate.

“Dan Rivera is one of the young, outstanding mayors we have across the Commonwealth, and I’m honored to have his support,” Zakim said. “The city is re-emerging as a leader and economic force in the Merrimack Valley, and that can be directly traced to him. His ideas and energy have helped lift Lawrence, and will serve as an inspiration to me in this campaign.”

Zakim was elected to the Boston City Council in 2013, the same year Rivera was elected mayor.

“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.”