New Energy & Experienced Leadership for Falmouth, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket
Dylan Andreo Fernandes is a fourth generation Falmouth resident who grew up in Woods Hole. He has worked tirelessly to promote economic opportunity for all Massachusetts residents, ensure strong environmental stewardship, and protect the most vulnerable in our society.
A firm believer in progressive leadership, Fernandes served as Maura Healey's political director managing her statewide field staff and new media teams on her 2014 campaign. Most recently, Fernandes worked as digital director in the Attorney General's Office. There, he launched innovative advocacy campaigns supporting LGBT rights, equal pay for equal work, and clean energy solutions and environmental stewardship. He partnered with the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Hollywood celebrities and LGBT organizations from across the state to launch the nationally recognized "Everyone Welcome" campaign supporting the bill for transgender equality. He teamed with the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) to launch "Mass Recovery" - a campaign aimed at ending the stigma of addiction and encouraging those in recovery to keep fighting.
“I’ve experienced first hand the impact the opioid epidemic has on families and communities in our district. I am devoted to combatting this epidemic, to helping those struggling with addiction get the treatment they need and to eradicating the stigma of this devastating disease.”
As an organizer for Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign in 2012, he managed Warren's field organization across Buzzards Bay on the South Coast. Like Tim Madden when he ran, Dylan is the only candidate running with experience fighting for vulnerable people and working families on the State level and that experience matters when it comes to being an affective advocate for our local communities.
In addition to serving as Digital Director, Fernandes served in the Attorney General’s Office’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) and Civil Rights Division. In CARD, he mediated disputes to get money back for consumers ripped off by unscrupulous businesses. In the Civil Rights Division, he fought to protect the rights of those being discriminated against in housing, employment, retail, and education, and was an advocate for disability rights. When the manager of a chain of convenience stores falsely accused a Hispanic man of stealing and used derogatory language referencing the customer’s Hispanic heritage, Fernandes built a case against the store, winning a large settlement.
“Lately, the national political discourse has devolved into a politics of divisiveness and hate. Let me be clear: discrimination of any kind has no place in our state. As state representative, I will be unwavering in my commitment to defend the rights of others and stand up for our those being taken advantage of.”
Dylan started college at American University in DC but transferred to the College of Charleston after the great recession wiped out his college fund. He graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science and double majored in economics and political science.
Dylan believes that a government that is transparent, responsive, and engaging will best serve its people. He plans to be at community events throughout the district to hear directly from residents.
"This campaign is about bringing people together - from Menemsha Bight to Beebe Woods, from Cisco Beach to Cuttyhunk - to make our district a more affordable, vibrant, and equitable place to live. On this campaign and as state representative, we will always be here for you - reach out anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.”