Showing posts with label endorsement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label endorsement. Show all posts

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Franklin United Municipal PAC endorses slate of candidates for the Franklin election Nov 2

"Franklin United is proud to endorse a complete list of candidates for Town Council, School Committee, Planning Board and Town Clerk (with names including Mel Hamblen, Denise Spencer, Cobi Frongillo, Al Charles, Robert Dellorco, and Beth Weirling). 
We endorsed these candidates because we believe they will listen to the aspirations of Franklin residents who want equality and respect for all. 
We believe they will strive, through their public service and community engagement, to be representative of diverse life experiences, forward thinking, and committed to equitable outcomes for all residents.

Check out our slate of candidates below and consider signing a "Pledge to Vote" at our website."

Franklin United Municipal PAC endorses full slate of candidates
Franklin United Municipal PAC endorses full slate of candidates

Monday, November 30, 2020

Voices of Franklin: Dellorco Endorses Chiklis

On Saturday, December 5th, the Town of Franklin will be holding a special election to fill a vacant Town Council seat. I am impressed that we have four special candidates running for this seat.  While all of them have great qualities, there is one candidate, that stands out as a candidate that would be a great and vital addition to the Town Council.  

I would like to endorse Gregory Chiklis Ph.D. for the open Town Council seat.  Greg has been a Franklin resident and business owner for over 20 years.  Greg is an active member of the community, raising his family and participating in many community activities.  He volunteered many years as a coach in the Franklin Youth Baseball League.  Greg took a leadership role at the Franklin Rod and Gun Club, providing activities for for the youth in Franklin.  

It is in this past year that I have seen how committed Greg is to this community.  During the Pandemic, Greg has spent countless hours providing COVID testing to  Franklin Public Employees and anyone else that asked.  He also, just recently, tested several students coming home from College, to ensure the health and safety of the students, their families, and the community.  As a current business owner, he has vast experience with budgets and planning.  He has committed to working hard to bring new businesses to Franklin.  

I am asking you to consider voting for Gregory Chiklis on Saturday, December 5th at Franklin High School,   Greg has the commitment, compassion, and experience to get the job done! 

Thank you!
Robert Dellorco

Submitted by the candidate

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

350 Mass Endorses The Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin

Members of the Franklin Node of the statewide organization 350 Mass voted to endorse The Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Franklin. 350 Mass is a movement of volunteer members who carry out both municipal-level and statewide campaigns intended to broadly and systemically confront the climate crisis, hold our politicians accountable and undermine the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry.

Carolyn Barthel, coordinator of the Franklin Node, said that the local node encourages Franklin residents to vote yes on question 3 on the November ballot because the CPA is in alignment with our goals of resource preservation and affordable housing. With the Community Preservation Act, Franklin will have the resources to purchase land for open spaces, maintain and improve parks and recreation areas, restore historical sites, and provide more affordable housing.

Raymond Milici, Franklin resident and a member of 350 Mass, points out that several surrounding towns, including Norfolk and Wrentham, already enjoy the benefits of CPA, and Franklin should do the same. In addition to revenues raised, via a small surcharge on property taxes (details in link below) the state will also contribute funds to help support town projects covered under the Community Preservation Act. We would get a lot for a little. A win-win for Franklin. For open spaces and more, please vote yes on 3.

For more information on what CPA is and how it works go to


350 Mass Endorses CPA For Franklin
350 Mass Endorses CPA For Franklin

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Scientific American: “science, health, the environment, evidence-based policy, and reality over disinformation."

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Scientific American, the magazine that has delved into scientific topics for 175 years, is endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time, picking Democrat Joe Biden over Republican incumbent President Donald Trump.

“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science,” the magazine’s editorial said. “The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges.”

The magazine said it was urging people to vote for Biden, “who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.”

“It’s time to move Trump out and elect Biden, who has a record of following the data and being guided by science,” the magazine said.

Laura Helmuth, the magazine’s editor-in-chief tweeted that a vote for Biden would support “science, health, the environment, evidence-based policy, and reality over disinformation."
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Scientific American editorial

We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now
"We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now"

Friday, August 21, 2020

In the News: 4th District candidates for ranked choice; Pelosi endorses Kennedy

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A significant majority of the Democratic candidates in the Fourth Congressional District race support the initiative petition on the Nov. 2 ballot that seeks to implement a ranked choice voting system in the 2022 elections.

The field includes eight contenders who are seeking to fill the seat that U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is giving up as he challenges U.S. Sen. Ed Markey this election cycle. Out of the eight candidates who responded to a News Service request for their positions on the major voting reform, seven voiced concrete support for the ballot question — an initiative that appears designed to come into play in races with large fields just like the one the candidates are competing in in the Fourth Congressional race.

Natalia Linos, Ihssane Leckey, Ben Sigel, Jake Auchincloss, Jesse Mermell, Becky Grossman, and Alan Khazei all voiced support for the initiative, saying ranked choice voting increases representation of people of color, boosts election participation and encourages candidates to appeal to a wider base of voters."

"U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed fellow Democratic House member Joe Kennedy III on Thursday in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the Democratic primary.

Pelosi said when Democrats were working to take back control of the House from Republicans during the 2018 elections, Kennedy stumped for candidates across the country.

“From climate change to health care to racial justice, Joe has been a leader in our Caucus organizing us around our core values,” Pelosi said in a press release. “We need leaders who are willing to give every inch of themselves to the causes and concerns that unify Democrats. Joe Kennedy represents this Party’s future,”
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Friday, August 14, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Bill O'Donnell

 August 12, 2020 

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Residents,

I have never written a letter to the editor on behalf of a candidate running for office. However, we live in unique times with a number of serious issues that need to be collaboratively worked on and addressed.

I urge you to vote for Congressman Joe Kennedy in the Democratic Primary for United States Senator. Joe Kennedy can meet the pressing issues of our society. He will make himself available to the communities that make up Massachusetts and the residents that live in our Commonwealth.

It is my hope that Joe Kennedy can make government work at the federal level for all of us. As an elected official whose job takes him to all 28 communities in Norfolk County I have been very impressed with Joe Kennedy since he undertook to represent a good portion of Norfolk County as an elected Congressman. Joe Kennedy's decency, compassion, thoughtfulness and record of accomplishment is a solid foundation with which to build upon in years to come.

Please consider voting for Joe Kennedy for United States Senator.

Bill O'Donnell

Norfolk County Register of Deeds

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Commonwealth Magazine: "Globe ed page editor grills House candidate the paper endorsed"

 From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"THE INTERVIEW Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman conducted with Jake Auchincloss had all the feel of a standard quizzing of a candidate as a newspaper weighs an endorsement, as she grilled him on past statements and asked him to explain aspects of his record. Except for one small detail: The Globe already endorsed the Newton city councilor in the nine-way Democratic primary for the Fourth Congressional District seat. 

The unusual spectacle that unfolded Monday afternoon on Zoom came after the paper’s July 31 endorsement drew fierce blowback from other candidates, Globe readers, and Newton residents who decried past comments Auchincloss made on race and religious issues as well campaign finance matters.  Last week, four days after the endorsement, Venkataraman announced that she would interview Auchincloss publicly as part of the Globe’s “Op-Talk” series in order to probe more deeply concerns that have been raised about his record and the paper’s endorsement.

“It is an unusual Globe Op-Talk,” Venkataraman said, kicking off a conversation in which she was far more skeptical inquisitor than cheerleading booster of the candidate she and her editorial board colleagues concluded rose to the top of a crowded field with impressive backgrounds. “Our readers have been raising all kinds of concerns about your candidacy, frankly, and a lot of those concerns are legitimate concerns,” she told Auchincloss in a tone that seemed to convey a hint of buyer’s remorse. "

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Commonwealth Magazine: "Globe ed page editor grills House candidate the paper endorsed"
Commonwealth Magazine: "Globe ed page editor grills House candidate the paper endorsed"

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee today announced its endorsement of Monica Linden for Franklin School Committee. MWPC's endorsement of Ms. Linden is part of the efforts made to support candidates running for elected office in communities across the Commonwealth.

Endorsing a record 36 women running for municipal level office to date in 2017, coupled with a surge of new members by 450%, MWPC is building strong momentum heading into the highly anticipated 2018 federal and state elections. 

The groundswell of support comes as MWPC PAC endorsed candidates are running for elected office in competitive races, including School Committee, Board of Selectmen, City Council and Mayor in Beverly, Boston, Cambridge, Easthampton, Everett, Framingham, Franklin, Melrose, Newton, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and other communities.

"MWPC is pleased to endorse Monica in her race for the Franklin School Committee," said Linnea Walsh, MWPC interim executive director. "Monica is committed to MWPC's goals of parity to ensure that more women are equally represented at the policy and decision-making table. She recognizes that municipal government is where the rubber meets the road in terms of advocating for the investments and programs to help students and families succeed."

MWPC PAC endorsements have yielded several wins including Cindy Friedman, who won the special election for the 4th Middlesex Senate seat in July, and Elizabeth Almeida, who won her election in the race for the Westford Board of Selectmen race.

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden
Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC)
Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden

About the MWPC PAC

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is a non-partisan organization that works to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions. 
Please visit to learn more about our Political Action Committee. Follow us on Twitter at and connect on our Facebook page.

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