For Immediate Release
December 14, 2021
EMILYs List Congratulates Lydia Edwards on Her Primary Victory in Massachusetts State Senate Race
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Lydia Edwards on her primary victory in the special election to represent the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex District in the Massachusetts state Senate. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“We are thrilled to congratulate Lydia Edwards on her primary victory in the race to represent Suffolk and Middlesex in the Massachusetts state Senate. Throughout her career, Lydia has fought for affordable housing, tenant rights, labor protections, and environmental protections. We know that as a state Senator, Lydia will continue her advocacy and be a leader who represents all members of the East Boston community and are excited to stand with her through the general election in January.”
Lydia Edwards received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and received an LLM in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She went on to serve as a law clerk with the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, and as deputy director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Stability. Edwards served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In 2015, she was named a Bostonian of the Year honorable mention by the Boston Globe. She first ran for Boston City Council in 2017 and won reelection in 2019. If she wins the special election, Edwards would be the first woman, woman of color, and Black person to represent her district. She would be the only Black person in the state Senate.
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