South of Boston
House - 12th Bristol (New Bedford, Middleborough, Lakeville, Freetown)
Steve Canessa (D) - incumbent
Mark Howlend (U) - challenger
Campaign website: www.SteveCanessa.com
Campaign phone number:
Steve Canessa has only been in office for two years. He beat Mark Howlend in the Democratic primary two years ago. Now Mark is trying to get his seat back by running as an independent. Steve is in his early 20s and has been a strong supporter of equal marriage rights. Please contact the Canessa campaign to find out what you can do to help Steve get re-elected.
House - 7th Plymouth (Abington, East Bridgewater, Whitman)
Allen McCarthy (D)
Andrew Burbine (R)
Campaign website: www.AllenMcCarthy.com
Campaign phone number: 781-447-1004
This seat was represented by Kathy Teehan, a Democrat who is retiring this year. Kathy was a tireless advocate of LGBT rights. She has endorsed Allen McCathy to replace her. Allan has pledged to carry on Kathy's legacy of being a strong champion of LGBT rights. Please contact the McCarthy campaign to find out what you can do to help Allan get elected.
House - 1st Bristol (Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton)
Claire Naughton (D)
Jay Barrows (R)
Campaign website: www.ClaireNaughton.com
Campaign phone number: 508-339-9800
This seat was represented by Virginia Coppola, a Republican who is retiring this year. Virginia is an opponent of LGBT rights. She was elected after her husband died last year. Claire Naughton was a school teacher for 31 years. She is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. She has this to say on her website: "Claire supports the ruling of the Supreme Judicial Court expanding marriage rights to all couples. Claire will oppose any effort to write discrimination into our State Constitution." Please contact the Naughton campaign to find out what you can do to help Claire get elected.
House - 4th Bristol (Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea)
Steve D'Amico (D)
Steve Howitt (R)
Campaign website: www.SDamico.com
Campaign phone number: 508-336-9192
This seat was represented by Phil Travis, a Democrat who is retiring this year. Phil Travis was the leader of the anti-gay rights movement in the legislature. Steve D'Amico supports LGBT equality in every way. It would be huge for him to take over this seat. His opponent has flip-flopped in the issue of same-sex marriage. At first he was for marriage equality, now he is against it. Please contact the D'Amico campaign to find out what you can do to help Steve get elected.
House - 10th Worcester (Milford, Mendon, Hopedale)
John Fernandes (D)
Robert Burns (R)
Campaign website: www.JohnFernandes.org
Campaign phone number: 508-473-3063
This seat was represented by Marie Parente. She just lost in the Democratic primary to John Fernandes. Marie was a leading opponent of LGBT rights for 20 years. She has opposed basic civil rights for gays and lesbians, adoption rights, and marriage rights. Her loss is a huge gain for the gay community. Now we need to make sure that John Fernandes beats his Republican opponent in November. John has pledged to protect equal marriage rights for gay and lesbians. Please contact the Fernandes campaign to find out what you can do to help John get elected.