For decades, Muslims in America have been subject to racial and religious discrimination, and particularly since the 2016 election, Muslims have been the target of an increase of damaging rhetoric, hate crimes, and increased surveillance. We have learned that every level of government can play an important role to improve the lives of Muslims across the nation, even here in the Commonwealth.


It is time Muslims bend the ears of their legislators and remind them that we are citizens whose rights and civil liberties need to be heard and respected. It is this mission that brought me to my position of Government Affairs Director of CAIR-MA.


It is now our time to make sure all our elected officials, from the level of County Mayor to United States Senator, are aware that their Muslim constituents will hold them accountable to protect our rights and uplift our voices.


CAIR-MA is proud to be part of MuslimsVOTE to increase the civic engagement and voter turnout of American Muslims.

 

We have three goals: 

• Educate Massachusetts Muslims about the major issues the State and Nation are facing
• Increase American Muslim engagement with their elected officials

• Empowerment of all minority population voices


I’m looking forward to you joining us, it’s time we #CAIR2VOTE
 


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2018 Election Dates in Massachusetts

Primary Election is Tuesday, September 4, 2018; Must Register by August 15, 2018
General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018; Must Register by October 17, 2018

Offices up for election in 2018 are:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • State House Representative
  • State House Senate
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House
  • Suffolk County Residents Only: District Attorney, Register of Deeds, and Clerk of Courts

U.S. Senator

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their state and nation

U.S. Representative/Congressman/Congresswoman

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their state and nation

Governor (Gubernatorial)

  • Signing bills into law
  • Serves as commander-in-chief of the state’s National Guard
  • Grants communications and pardons to prisoners
  • Appointing people to various judicial and state offices, such as the Supreme Judicial Court

Lieutenant Governor

  • Part of the Governor’s Council and President whenever the Governor is absent
  • Becomes acting governor for the remainder of the 4-year term the governor was holding if the governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office

Attorney General

  • Chief Enforcement Officer and Lawyer for the State

Secretary of State

  • Principle public information official
  • Oversees historical records and preservation, public records, and the registry of deeds

Treasurer

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible for maintaining state funds by investing and maintaining the State budget

Auditor

  • Accounts for every dollar given to State government

State Senator

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their district as well as the State

State Representative

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their district as well as the State

District Attorney (Suffolk County)

  • Top prosecuting attorney for crimes that happen within their County
  • Investigates criminal cases independently and in coordination with local enforcement
  • Determines whether to file criminal charges in court against alleged criminals
  • Must act non-partisan and adhere to the highest law of ethics

Register of Deeds (Suffolk County)

  • Handles real estate registration and land records

Clerk of Courts (Suffolk County)

  • Manages the court’s single justice caseload



Contested General Election Races
Election Date: November 6, 2018
(D)= Democrate Candidate (R)= Republican Candidate
(i)= Incumbent; current elected official       

                

Senator in Congress          
Elizabeth A. Warren (D)                               
Geoff Diehl (R)
                                          

Governor        
Jay M. Gonzalez (D)                       
Charles D. Baker (R)                       

Lieutenant Governor         
Quentin Palfrey (D)                        
Karyn E. Polito (R)                                                                        

Attorney General    
Maura Healey (D)                           
James R. McMahon (R)                 
Daniel L. Shores (R)                       

                                            

Secretary of State   
William Francis Galvin (D)                                              
Anthony M. Amore (R)                 

                                            

Treasurer       
Deborah B. Goldberg (D)                             
Keiko M. Orrall (R)                         

                                            

Auditor          
Suzanne M. Bump (D)                   
Helen Brady (R)               

                                            

Representative in Congress 
Second District
James P McGovern (D)
Tracy Lyn Lovvorn (R)
Kevin William Powers (R)

Third District

Lori Loureiro Trahan (D)

Rick Green (R)

Fifth District

Katherine M. Clark (D)

John Hugo (R)

Sixth District

Seth Moulton (D)

Joseph S. Schneider (R)

Ninth District

Bill Keating (D)

Peter D. Tedeschi (R)

 

Governor’s Council

District 1

Joseph Ferreira (D) (Incumbent)

Thomas Keyes (R)

District 5

Eileen Duff (D) (Incumbent)

Richard Baker (R)

Marc Mercier (Libertarian)

District 6

Terrence Kennedy (D) (Incumbent)

Vincent Lawrence Dixon (Unaffiliated)

District 7

Jennie Caissie (R) (Incumbent)

Paul DePalo (D)

District 8

Mary Hurley (D) (Incumbent)

Mike Franco (Independent)

 

Massachusetts State Senate

Bristol and Norfolk District

Paul Feeney (i) (D)

Jacob Ventura (R)

Cape and Islands District

Julian Andre Cyr (i) (D)

John Flores (R)

Fifth Middlesex District

Jason Lewis (i) (D)

Erin Calvo-Bacci (R)

First Essex District

Diana DiZoglio (D)

Alexander Leighton Williams (R)

First Middlesex District

Edward Kennedy (D)

John MacDonald (R)

Middlesex and Worcester District

James Eldridge (i) (D)

Margaret Busse (R)

Terra Friedrichs (Cooperative Green Economy)

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District

Rebecca Rausch (D)

Richard Ross (i) (R)

Norfolk and Plymouth District

John Keenan (i) (D)

Alexander Mendez (Independent)

Plymouth and Barnstable District

Deborah Rudolf (D)

Vinny deMacedo (i) (R)

Plymouth and Norfolk District

Katie McBrine (D)

Patrick O’Connor (i) (R)

Stephen Gill (Independent)

Second Essex and Middlesex District

Barry Finegold (D)

Joseph Espinola III (R)

Second Plymouth and Bristol District

Michael Brady (i) (D)

Scott Hall (R)

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex District

Anne Gobi (i) (D)

Steven Hall (R)

Worcester and Middlesex District

Susan Chalifoux-Zephir (D)

Dean Tran (i) (R)

Worcester and Norfolk District

Thomas Merolli (D)

Ryan Fattman (i) (R)

 

Massachusetts House of Representative
Eighteenth Essex District

Tram Nguyen (D)

James Lyons Jr. (i) (R)

Eighth Worcester District

Patrick Malone (D)

Michael Soter (R)

Eleventh Norfolk District

Paul McMurtry (i) (D)

John McDonald (R)

Anand Gonsalves (Unaffiliated)

Fifth Barnstable District

Jack Stanton (D)

Randy Hunt (i) (R)

Fifth Essex District

Ann-Margaret Ferrante (i) (D)

James Gardner (Independent)

Fifth Plymouth District

Alison Demong (D)

David DeCoste (i) (R)

Fifth Suffolk District

Liz Miranda (D)

Althea Garrison (Independent Progressive)

Fifth Worcester District

Jean Anne Strauss (D)

Donald Berthiaume Jr. (i) (R)

First Barnstable District

Steven Leibowitz (D)

Timothy Whelan (i) (R)

First Essex District

Jennifer Rocco-Runnion (D)

James Kelcourse (i) (R)

First Hampden District

Tanya Neslusan (D)

Todd Smola (i) (R)

First Plymouth District

John Mahoney Jr. (D)

Mathew Muratore (i) (R)

First Worcester District

Kimberly Ferguson (i) (D)

Matthew Moncreaff (Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts)

Fourteenth Essex District

Christina Minicucci (D)

Ryan Losco (R)

Fourteenth Middlesex District

Tami Gouveia (D)

Daniel Factor (Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts)

Fourth Essex District

Allison Gustavson (D)

Bradford Hill (i) (R)

Fourth Middlesex District

Danielle Gregoire (i) (D)

Paul Ferro (R)

Fourth Plymouth District

Patrick Joseph Kearney (D)

Edward O’Connell (R)

Joseph Armstrong (Independent)

Nathaniel Powell (Independent)

Fourth Worcester District

Natalie Higgins (i) (D)

Richard Palmieri (R)

Nineteenth Middlesex District

David Allen Robertson (D)

Pina Prinzivalli (R)

Patricia Meuse (Unaffiliated)

Ninth Essex District

Matthew Crescenzo (D)

Donald Wong (i) (R)

Michael Coller (Independent)

Ninth Norfolk District

Brian Hamlin (D)

Shawn Dooley (i) (R)

Second Barnstable District

Paul Cusack (D)

William Crocker Jr. (i) (R)

Second Bristol District

James Hawkins (i) (D)

Julie Hall (R)

Second Essex District

Christina Eckert (D)

Leonard Mirra (i) (R)

Second Franklin District

John William Arena (D)

Susannah Whipps (i) (Independent)

Second Hampden District

Brian Michael Ashe (i) (D)

Allison Werder (R)

Second Hampshire District

Daniel Carey (D)

Donald Peltier (R)

Second Middlesex District

James Arciero (i) (D)

Kathleen Lynch (R)

Second Norfolk District

Tackey Chan (i) (D)

William Burke (R)

Second Plymouth District

Sarah Hewins (D)

Susan Gifford (i) (R)

Second Worcester District

Jonathan Zlotnik (i) (D)

Edward Gravel (R)

Yasmine Khdeer (Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts)

Seventeenth Worcester District

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf (D)

Paul Fullen (R)

Seventh Plymouth District

Alex Bezanson (D)

Alyson Sullivan (R)

Seventh Worcester District

Terry Burke Dotson (D)

Paul Frost (i) (R)

Sixth Bristol District

Carole Fiola (i) (D)

David Steinhof (R)

Donato Paglia (Unaffiliated)

Tenth Norfolk District

Jeffrey Roy (i) (D)

Patrick Casey (R)

Tenth Worcester District

Brian Murray (i) (D)

Sandra Biagetti (R)

Third Bristol District

Emily Farrer (D)

Shaunna O’Connell (i) (R)

Third Hampden District

Forrest Bradford (D)

Nicholas Boldyga (i) (R)

Third Norfolk District

Ronald Mariano (i) (D)

Stephen Tougas (R)

Third Plymouth District

Joan Meschino (i) (D)

Kristen Arute (R)

Third Worcester District

Stephan Hay (i) (D)

Elmer Eubanks-Archbold (R)

Thirteenth Bristol District

Antonio Cabral (i) (D)

Michael Janson (Independent) (R)

Thirteenth Essex District

Theodore Speliotis (i) (D)

Mark Mezzina (R)

Thirtieth Middlesex District

Richard Haggerty (D)

Claire Malaguti (R)

Thirty-First Middlesex District

Michael Day (i) (D)

Caroline Colarusso (R)

Kateen Kumar (Independent)

Thirty-Sixth Middlesex District

Colleen Garry (i) (D)

Raymond Leczynski (R)

Twelfth Bristol District

Allin John Frawley (D)

Norman Orrall (R)

Twelfth Hampden District

Angelo Puppolo Jr. (i) (D)

Donald Flannery (Independent)

Twelfth Plymouth District

Kathleen LaNatra (D)

Joseph Truschelli (R)

Twelfth Worcester District

Harold Naughton Jr. (i) (D)

Stanley Marcinczyk Jr. (Unaffiliated)

Twenty-second Middlesex District

Christopher Tribou (D)

Marc Lombardo (i) (R)

Matthew Mixon (Second American Revolution)


The Council on American-Islamic Relations MA submitted questions to candidate questionnaires (put together by OUR Revolution) to determine each candidates commitment to the civil liberties of Muslims in the district they want to hold office.

 

Racial Justice Forum for Congressional District 7        

Candidates:

Michael E. Capuano (D)

Ayanna S. Pressley (D)

 

Questions:

1. Massachusetts has had the largest number of reported hate crimes in 2016. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you support the inclusion of religious discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act


Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

2. “Secondary Security Screening Selection” also known as the “Selectee List” is a list by which individuals are “randomly” selected onto, requiring extra security checks prior getting on a flight. Individuals who are on this list do not realize that they are until they have trouble checking in online and see the letters SSSS on their boarding pass. While the TSA says that selection on this list is ‘random’ Muslims have consistently said they have been on the list many times in their travels. While the TSA also insists that minors are not on the list, children as young as two have been put on the list and subjected to extra security checks. Individuals who inquired to have their name removed have had varied and unclear responses. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you pressure the TSA to be transparent about their qualifications to be on this list, and require a user-friendly system for individuals to inquire if they are on the list and appeal for their removal?

Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

3. Recently the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you support a legislative policy that would forbid federal and local agencies from using predictive systems that violates the fourth amendment?

Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

Intersectional Women’s Issue Forum for Governor of MA

Candidates:

Bob Massie (D)
Jay Gonzalez (D)

Questions:

1. In 2016, Massachusetts had the largest number of reported hate crimes. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support initiatives to ensure those that report these crimes are supported and protected?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Yes 

2. Boston is one of three cities designated as pilot cities for “countering violent extremism” programs. The Boston Police Department is involved in a “countering violent extremism” (CVE) grant program called the Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP). This program focuses on Somali youth, who are deemed a potential threat due to the social and economic trauma they experience as immigrants and refugees. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you develop rules through the legislative process to end the Boston Police Departments involvement in any community outreach programs that unfairly targets Somali-Muslim communities such as the “Youth and Police Initiative Plus”?

Massie: Yes      Gonzalez: Undecided 

3. Current federal policy allows the FBI to investigate anyone based on no suspicion of criminal activity for Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) investigations. These investigations have historically targeted Muslims with improper surveillance and puts Massachusetts Muslims at risk of federal harassment. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support cease of collaboration between the Boston Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, as the City of San Francisco has recently done?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Undecided

4. Recently, the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support legislative policy to protect your Muslim constituents and their allies from being exclusively targeted for government surveillance?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Yes

 

Congressional District 3 Forum Questionnaire

Candidates:

Jeff Ballinger (D)

Alexandra Chandler(D)

Abhijit Das(D)

Rufus Gifford(D)

Leonard H. Golder(D)

Dan Koh(D)

Barbara L’Italien(D)

Bopha Malone(D)

Juana Matias(D)

David Richmond(D)

Lori Trahan(D)

Questions:

1. Massachusetts has had the largest number of reported hate crimes in 2016. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you support the inclusion of religious discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act? 

 

                                        L’Italien: No Response     Everyone Else: Yes

2. “Secondary Security Screening Selection” also known as the “Selectee List” is a list by which individuals are “randomly” selected onto, requiring extra security checks prior getting on a flight. Individuals who are on this list do not realize that they are until they have trouble checking in online and see the letters SSSS on their boarding pass. While the TSA says that selection on this list is ‘random’ Muslims have consistently said they have been on the list many times in their travels. While the TSA also insists that minors are not on the list, children as young as two have been put on the list and subjected to extra security checks. Individuals who inquired to have their name removed have had varied and unclear responses. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you pressure the TSA to be transparent about their qualifications to be on this list, and require a user-friendly system for individuals to inquire if they are on the list and appeal for their removal?

          L’Italien: No Response      Everyone Else: Yes

3. Recently the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you support a legislative policy that would forbid federal and local agencies from using predictive systems that violates the fourth amendment?

L’Italien: No Response Everyone Else: Yes

 

Candidate Forums without CAIR-MA Questions

Gubernatorial Economic Justice Forum

 

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