State Rep. Jason Lewis’s remarks upon winning the special Democratic primary on March 4th:
Thank you all so much!
I’m so proud of our campaign and all of our hard work over the past three months that led to our victory today. I deeply appreciate your support.
I want to extend my congratulations to my opponents, Representative Fallon and Anthony Guardia. Chris and Anthony both ran spirited campaigns and I know how committed they are to public service. Anyone who steps forward to run for public office deserves our respect and our thanks.
We won this election because we ran a grassroots campaign that proudly embraced progressive values. The voters made clear today that in their next state Senator they want the same strong and effective progressive leadership that Katherine Clark provided.
They want to see the minimum wage raised. They want to see every worker have the right to earned sick time. They want adequate funding for our schools and local aid and they know this requires us to raise adequate revenues in a fair and progressive way. They want everyone to have access to quality, affordable healthcare. And, they want every person to be treated with dignity and respect, and that includes marriage equality and making sure all women have access to the reproductive health services they need.
Now we move on to the general election on April 1st.
We are facing a Republican candidate who does not share our values. I’m sure many of you share my dismay about the actions of the state Republican Party last week. They adopted extreme changes to their party platform on the issues of same-sex marriage and a woman’s right to choose. Rather than focus on what most people in Massachusetts care about — which is improving the quality of life in our communities and helping struggling working families — the state Republican party is following the lead of Republicans in Washington who are more interested in dividing the country than in uniting us.
Let me wrap up by leaving you with two thoughts.
First, progressives are about bringing people together, not tearing them apart. I’m a proud progressive Democrat, but I’ve worked with conservative Democrats and Republicans in the legislature to put our communities first and get things done. For example, joining with former state Senator Richard Tisei to save the Stone Zoo, or building a broad coalition to create a first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust to invest in making our communities healthier.
Second, the election on April 1st is going to be the first real test of these changes in the Republican party platform — letting the voters choose between progressive values that bring us together or this divisive rhetoric of the Republican party.
Let’s celebrate tonight but then tomorrow we need to get back to work. I need your help over the next four weeks to make sure every voter hears our message and knows what’s at stake on April 1st.
Thank you so much for your support.