Vote for recommended candidates

There’s a lot at stake for educators as voters head to the polls for the primary on September 9 and the general election on November 4. The MTA encourages members to help elect candidates who have shown they support public education.

MTA’s Primary Election Guide includes photographs and contact information for MTA’s recommended candidates. Included are candidates for state Senate and House of Representatives as well as for attorney general, lieutenant governor and the 5th and 6th Districts in Congress. Recommendations for the general election on November 4 are forthcoming.

Recommended Candidates

Warren Tolman

Steve Kerrigan

Katherine Clark

John Tierney

The MTA recommends Warren Tolman for attorney general. A state legislator for eight years, Tolman led on progressive issues. The Watertown native champions important issues such as early childhood education and efforts to end bullying. He has been a leader in seeking to end the reign of Big Tobacco and has fought against lax gun laws and domestic violence.

Steve Kerrigan is the recommended candidate for lieutenant governor. A longtime member of the staff of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and more recently CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, the Lancaster resident says that “education is the key to everything.” He has taken a stand against using standardized tests to dictate how students learn.

In the 5th District congressional contest, the MTA and NEA recommend U.S. Representative Katherine Clark. Clark, who was elected in 2013, is focused on advocating for working families, creating good jobs, ensuring excellent schools, and keeping promises to seniors and veterans.

In the 6th District congressional race, the MTA and the NEA recommend U.S. Representative John Tierney. Currently in his ninth term, the Salem native is a fighter for a vibrant middle class who works to create opportunity for all. Tierney is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he has championed pro-labor issues and making college more affordable and accessible.

If you are interested in volunteering during the campaign season, please contact Jo Ann Fitzgerald, MTA’s director of grassroots campaigns. Her e-mail address is, and her phone number is 617.878.8190.