Katherine Clark

Katherine Clark

  • The chance to add a woman to the Bay State delegation
  • A longtime advocate for women and children
  • A fall special election with a crowded field

An opportunity to add another woman to the Bay State’s delegation

Rep. Ed Markey’s decision to run for Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat provides a rare open-seat opportunity for prosecutor, mom and highly popular state Sen. Katherine Clark in this heavily Democratic House district. Clark, a longtime activist, is lauded throughout her community for her work on public safety, education and health care. The race presents a critical opportunity to both continue Markey’s progressive legacy and add a woman to the surprisingly short – given the state’s liberal leanings – list of female Bay State members of Congress.

A much-lauded champion of schools, health care and public safety

Katherine, who served for six years on the Melrose, MA School Committee and has three children in public schools, has championed education in the state legislature. She’s fought to improve special needs education, guarantee fair funding for schools and prevent bullying, while pushing for tougher protections against child sex offenders and insurance coverage for autism treatment.  To address the recent rash of tragic shootings, Katherine convened a panel of legislators, police officers and gun safety advocates to discuss commonsense solutions to gun suicides and homicides.  Strongly pro-choice, she has sponsored numerous bills to crack down on domestic abusers while raising awareness around dating violence.  

The best choice in A crowded special election

In Congress Katherine will use her proven track record of finding common ground and compromise to ameliorate what she calls Washington’s “divisive climate.” A fierce advocate for small businesses, she knows how to support entrepreneurs and stimulate economic growth. But Massachusetts primaries are crowded -- and this one's coming up fast on October 15 -- and Katherine will need support from the EMILY’s List community to win this special election and take her progressive leadership to Congress.


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