Running for office was always part of my plan, but the big question was always when. That question was answered after the 2016 election when my then-7-year-old daughter asked if we had to move. I told her that what we do is stay and fight, and that's what I intend to do. I am a progressive candidate who sees so much potential in the Commonwealth, and through strong leadership, and by offering a new voice and fresh perspective, I intend to represent  the 23rd Middlesex District with a stronger voice in the State House.

THE ISSUES

Massachusetts is in a strong position to continue advancing in the areas of innovation and technology. Surrounded by industry, startup spaces, and technology firms, the Commonwealth has the ecosystem to harness true innovation. This initiative will be multi-faceted. The first tier will address and support the technology space not only in the district, but across the state. Some of the nation’s top academic institutions are in Massachusetts which means there are a large number of highly talented students graduating with very competitive degrees, especially in the technology space. Through incentives and supports, our  state government should provide more companies and entrepreneurs—whether just starting out or looking to make a career change— opportunities to grow and thrive here in Massachusetts. The second tier will help train and prepare students for careers in innovation and technology. There is an innovation gap seen in many industries, meaning we are not graduating students at the same rate as jobs open up in fields such as cyber security. By working with institutions, industries, and members of the startup space, we can begin to create pipelines that will prepare our future leaders for success.

With all these possibilities, it’s important to ensure that residents in the district and state have access to quality transportation and can afford to stay in their homes. Arlington and Medford are part of a consortium consisting of 14 cities and towns that are investigating the challenge of affordable housing. I’m interested in looking at what this group finds, and what changes can be made at the state level. Lastly, you can’t talk about housing without including transportation. The Commonwealth has a transportation problem on its hands. The lines are old and dated, and accessibility and affordability are issues that need to be tackled, and I plan to do that for not only Arlington and Medford, but also across the Commonwealth. Just last week, my daughter in I were talking to a store manager who was rushing to leave because if she didn’t grab the next bus, she would have to wait an hour before she started her journey home. We live less than 9 miles away from Boston. It’s time for the district—and the state—to have access to better public transportation.

As a working mom, I know how critical it is to have access to affordable childcare. Parents should not have to choose between caring for their children or advancing their careers, but with the high costs of care here in Massachusetts, many families are making these difficult decisions. By the time my daughter entered kindergarten, our family paid the equivalent of an in-state college tuition in childcare costs. This model is not sustainable. As a parent, it would have been comforting to have a stronger safety net, or not to have  to compromise on what bills were going to be paid that month. We need to find creative solutions for families and the workers who have the important job of caring for our children.

CHANGING STATE HOUSE DEMOGRAPHICS

The proportion of female legislators serving in our state house and senate haven't changed in decades. Currently, women make up 25 percent of the Massachusetts legislature—11 state senators and 39 state representatives. As the population of our state continues to diversify and grow, those who represent us on Beacon Hill remain the same. One way to start moving the needle in a different direction is to start challenging incumbents, and that's what I am doing. As someone who has lived a different life experience than most of the men serving in our legislature, I will bring the fresh perspective of a single working parent to Beacon Hill so that I can amplify the voices of others like me for whom the system could use serious changes and improvements to make Massachusetts a better place for all of us to grow, learn, work, and thrive.

I am a strong leader and communicator, and I want to bring these skills to the State House; however, I need the support of donors and volunteers like you to help get there. Will you be part of this transformation?


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    “Lori Lennon understands the many challenges working families face in these complex times. She's an inspiring leader, an effective problem-solver, and she knows how to bring people together. No one will work harder for Arlington and West Medford!”

July 19, 2018

The Endorsement I've Been Waiting For

I am thrilled to be endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a pro-choice, non-partisan organization that empowers women to run for office and influence public policy. Our campaign is very excited to move forward with their help and support! LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING! We are a little less than two months away from the Primary on September 4. Help us cross the finish line by MAKING A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION.

We need to raise $6,000 by the end of the month, Can we count on you to contribute today? 

How about giving $25 to represent the percentage of women in the State House? A statistic that desperately needs to change. 

Consider giving $51 to represent the number of women we need to elect to achieve gender equity in the legislature. 

Or how about $200 to represent the number of doors I knock on each weekend. 

You could also contribute $500 in honor of the 50 Emerge women running for office across Massachusetts.  Your contributions will help with:
  • Mailers
  • Dear Friend Cards
  • Stamps
  • Signs
  • And much more!
Thank you for your support! Lori 

July 12, 2018

Bringing Entrepreneurship to the State House

Our local papers just kicked off a Q&A Series for the state representative race. Check out my introduction and be sure to contribute to the campaign. 

How about giving $25 to represent the percentage of women in the State House? A statistic that desperately needs to change. 

Consider giving $51 to represent the number of women we need to elect to achieve gender equity in the legislature. 

Or how about $200 to represent the number of doors I knock on each weekend. 

You could also contribute $500 in honor of the 50 Emerge women running for office across Massachusetts. 

Your contributions will help with:

  • Mailers
  • Dear Friend Cards
  • Stamps
  • Signs
  • And much more!

Thank you for your support! 

 Lori 

July 1, 2018

Wanted: More Women Leaders

As we continue to face disastrous challenges at the national level, including the departure of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, it is more critical than ever to have strong female leadership at the local level, especially when women’s reproductive freedoms are at risk.

June 22, 2018

Letter to the Editor: A Priority on Public Transportation

Public transportation impacts all of us. Here is a Letter to the Editor I submitted to the Arlington Advocate that highlights some of the priorities I would like address as your state representative.

June 5, 2018

1,000 Doors and Counting!

1,000 doors!! That's right! I've personally knocked on nearly 1,000 doors and I'm looking forward to knocking on many more before September 4. This has been one of my favorite parts of campaigning. I've had the opportunity to meet with many voters and talk about the issues that matter to them most. 

This is where I need your help. Your contributions will help me get the literature, signs, and mailers I need to get elected. Can you give $25? How about $50? Dare I say $100? You can even challenge your friends to match your contribution. Every little bit helps! 

Let's do this!

Lori

May 17, 2018

Video: Campaign Featured In Campaign Funds & Childcare Story

This week, our campaign was featured in a news story about campaign funds and childcare expenses. 

A ruling this week by the FEC has approved the use of campaign funds for childcare in federal races. This provides tremendous value and makes running for office more accessible to people who may not have the means—or capacity—to seek public office. Thanks, NECN, for highlighting this story. 

While this is not available for state-level races, there is still ways to help this campaign. Please contribute what you can and share with your networks! Every bit counts! Thank you!

May 7, 2018

Reaching Goals and Canvassing

Thank you so much for your support! We are more than 25 percent toward our goal, so please continue to share this campaign and encourage others to contribute. 

My daughter and I were out knocking on doors this weekend, meeting voters, sharing stories... and stopping to smell the flowers. We're having so much fun meeting members of the community (and I love having a pocket full of dandelions at the end of the day).

Thank you for being a part of this campaign--you're support is greatly appreciated! 

May 4, 2018

Our Campaign Made the News!

News about our campaign was featured by a local news station today. You can watch it here: https://www.fox25boston.com/vi...

We're gaining momentum, but our campaign needs your help. Contributions of any dollar amount will help get the word out about the campaign, help us with lawn signs, literature, and so much more! 

May 3, 2018

Let's Keep Up the Momentum!

Thank you everyone for your support during this campaign! We've been knocking on doors since early April, and are very excited about the feedback and energy from voters!

Donations from you are helping us with many aspects of the campaign, such as printing literature for our canvassing efforts, campaign signs, and lawn signs. We couldn't do it without you! 

To keep up the momentum, we need your help. Please consider sharing this campaign with your friends and family. Every dollar counts as we move closer to the primary on September 4!

April 29, 2018

Campaign Kickoff

Hello Crowdpac! We had our official campaign kickoff last week. Check out the coverage and my stump speech here: http://arlington.wickedlocal.c...

April 20, 2018

We're officially on the ballot!

It’s official! I’m on the ballot! September 4th, here we come! Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement! 

There is still a lot to do. Please help by contributing or volunteering your time... every little bit helps! 

Campaign created!

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