New Bedford Standard-Times Endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
Leading Voice on the South Coast Lauds Zakim for Pushing Voting Rights Expansion and Promoting Progressive Issues in Campaign
Sunday, August 19, 2018
NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Standard-Times today offered the first editorial endorsement of the campaign for Secretary of State when it, along with its website southcoasttoday.com, endorsed Josh Zakim in the September 4 primary.
“For the first time in a long time, the citizens of Massachusetts have a real choice in the election for the next secretary of state,” the endorsement read. “The voters should choose the candidate who has a strong record of advocacy for the rights of the public and has based his campaign on that: Josh Zakim.”
In saying there may never be “a more important off-year election than 2018,” the editorial points out that Massachusetts has lagged on a number of voting rights issues, including same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration. These have been a cornerstone of Zakim’s campaign since it began in November.
“(The) state’s six-term secretary of state, Bill Galvin, never pushed the issue until Zakim challenged him on it,” the newspaper wrote. “There is little doubt that Zakim’s campaign, and his upset nomination victory at the state’s Democratic convention in June, had a lot to do with that.”
In addition to winning the endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Zakim has earned more than 50 endorsements statewide, ranging from U.S. Reps. Nikki Tsongas and Seth Moulton to Mayor Marty Walsh (Boston), Dan Rivera (Lawrence) and David Narkewicz (Northampton) to former Treasurer Steve Grossman to several trade unions to more than 20 state legislators, city and town councilors and other elected officials.
“I am honored and humbled to earn the endorsement of the Standard-Times,” Zakim said. “It shows that the issues we’re talking about are as important to people in this region as they are across the Commonwealth. This newspaper is such an important voice for the entire South Coast, which is a vital part of Massachusetts’ economy and history. I will make sure that is respected and remembered every day I’m Secretary of State.”
Noting Zakim’s father, Leonard, was the long-time head of the New England Anti-Defamation League, the editorial lauded Zakim for talking about civil rights during the campaign.
“Protection of individual citizens rights strikes us as an excellent basis for running an office that manages the state’s public records,” the editorial said.
It went on to applaud Zakim’s proposals to reform other areas of the office, specifically around making open records more accessible and affordable for the public.
“He has also said he would lead a fight to open the state’s onerous public records laws, which even after a ‘reform’ passed by the Legislature last year, continue to keep too many records away from the public,” it read. “The Legislature continues to exempt itself from open meeting laws, and the cost of obtaining public records puts them out of reach of many citizens.”