Fernandes Wins Support of Broad Coalition of Elected Officials from Across Martha’s Vineyard

September 27, 2016 - The Fernandes for State Representative campaign announced today that three more County Commissioners and five more Selectman from across Martha’s Vineyard support Fernandes’s campaign.

"I am honored to have the support of so many elected officials on the Vineyard. They, and the hundreds of voters I have met, have given me a true understanding of the issues facing the Vineyard and I look forward to being a true champion for the people of these communities," said Fernandes.

Announcing their endorsement today are Tisbury Selectman Melinda Loberg, West Tisbury Selectman Cindy Mitchell, Chilmark Selectman Jim Malkin, Oak Bluffs Selectmen Walter Vail and Kathy Burton, and Dukes County Commissioners Leon Brathwaite, Lenny Jason, and Gretchen Tucker Underwood.

Speaking on behalf of local officials, County Commissioner Leon Brathwaite said, “Dylan has the skill and  experience needed to do this job. He is energetic and dynamic and knows the Vineyard well. His commitment to our communities is unmistakable having knocked on more than 2,000 doors throughout his campaign thus far. We look forward to working closely with him to address the very real needs of the Vineyard.”

These elected officials join Oak Bluffs Selectman Greg Coogan, West Tisbury Selectman Richard Knabel, County Commissioner and Tisbury Selectman Tristan Israel, Edgartown Selectman Art Smadbeck and Tisbury Selectman Larry Gomez in support of Fernandes.

The full list of over 20 elected officials 15 organizations is available here.


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Falmouth, MA - August 1, 2016 - Former Senior Adviser to the President and Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, will speak at a fundraiser for State Representative candidate Dylan Fernandes on why he thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will defeat reality TV star Donald Trump in the 2016 general election.

 

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FERNANDES CAMPAIGN RECEIVES SUPPORT OF ALL FOUR LABOR GROUPS WHO HAVE ENDORSED IN THE RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

June 27, 2016 - Today, four labor unions, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), Massachusetts Laborers District Council Local 385, Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3, and Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborers’ District Council announced their endorsement of Dylan Fernandes, Candidate for State Representative, citing his experience fighting for working families on the state level.

The MTA has 453 members on Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth and Nantucket and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen have over 100 local members in the district.

“Unions built our middle class at a time of rising income inequality in our country,” Said Fernandes. “As State Representative I will fight for workers’ rights and for a level playing field for families and small businesses in Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.”

Fernandes has fought to protect workers across the Commonwealth. In the Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Division, Fernandes worked to protect workers who faced discrimination in employment. When the Earned Sick Time Regulations were drafted, Fernandes was part of the team that held Earned Sick Time hearings and listening sessions across the state for workers to attend and learn their rights.

Momentum continues to build for Fernandes’s candidacy. The endorsement of the four labor union’s follows the support of the only coalition group to endorse and the announcement of elected officials from Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, West Tisbury, Tisbury, and Falmouth supporting Fernandes.

 

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DYLAN FERNANDES EARNS THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE COALITION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Today, Dylan Fernandes, candidate for State Representative in Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, received the endorsement of the Coalition for Social Justice, Massachusetts’ leading nonprofit organization committed to advocating for vulnerable people and working families.

“We have a long and positive history with Dylan Fernandes. His values and policy positions are totally focused on leveling the playing field for families in Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket who find themselves struggling to keep their heads above water,” said Deborah Fastino, Executive Director of the Coalition for Social Justice. “Also, his dedication to listening and reaching out to voters is exemplified by his grassroots campaign – going door to door and calling voters. We strongly endorse his candidacy.”

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DYLAN FERNANDES ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE DISTRICT

Today, five selectmen from Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth, a Barnstable County Commissioner, and a Falmouth delegate announced their endorsement of Dylan Fernandes, Candidate for State Representative, citing the value of his experience at the state level and the new energy he will bring to the challenges faced by the district. 

Endorsers include Mary Pat Flynn, Barnstable County Commissioner, Greg Coogan, Selectman from Oak Bluffs, Douglas Jones, Selectmen from Falmouth, Ralph Herbst, Selectman from Falmouth, Richard Knabel, Selectman from West Tisbury, Art Smadbeck, Selectman from Edgartown, and Julia Taylor, Falmouth Delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates.

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FERNANDES SUBMITS OVER 300 CERTIFIED SIGNATURES TO QUALIFY FOR SEPTEMBER PRIMARY BALLOT

Democratic candidate for state representative and fourth-generation Falmouth resident Dylan Fernandes turned in more than 300 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office this morning, a key step to qualifying for the September primary ballot.

Fernandes, former digital director in Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, and his team of over 40 volunteers collected and turned in signatures to town clerks on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Falmouth. Despite being the last candidate to announce his candidacy, Fernandes was the first to turn in signatures, submitting over twice the required amount of 150.

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