2022 Election Endorsements

The ELM Action Fund supports candidates that are committed to policies that meet the scale and urgency of the climate crisis we are in. We are a non-partisan organization that seeks questionnaires from all candidates, conducts interviews, and votes on endorsements. We are proud to endorse incumbents, challengers, and first-time candidates running for state and municipal office in Massachusetts.


Andrea Campbell

Attorney General

Andrea Campbell has a history of working at every level to holistically approach major issues like climate, and she has the skills to move with urgency to address climate through an intersectional lens.

Election date: Nov 8

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Kim Driscoll

Lieutenant Governor

Mayor Driscoll will bring hands-on climate experience from the municipal level to her role as lieutenant governor. As Mayor of Salem, she has worked to promote economic development through clean energy innovation, build resilient infrastructure, and foster growth in the offshore wind industry.

Election date: Nov 8

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Maura Healey

Governor

With her detailed, ambitious, and strategic climate plan, Maura Healey’s administration will put the Commonwealth on a path to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and invest in a green and just economy.

Election date: Nov 8

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James Arena-DeRosa

State Representative
8th Middlesex District

With a strong history fighting against toxic pollution, James Arena-DeRosa is committed to reaching net zero emissions, investing in infrastructure, and prioritizing environmental justice. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Shirley Arriaga

State Representative
8th Hampden District

Shirley Arriaga’s commitment to adopt renewable energy, improve public transportation, and advocate for clean air and open spaces align with a vision for a more environmentally conscious Massachusetts.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Natalie Blais

State Representative
1st Franklin District

Representing one of the most rural Massachusetts districts, Representative Blais has focused her efforts on building sustainable and energy-efficient affordable housing, adopting cleaner transportation infrastructure, and promoting clean energy jobs. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Simon Cataldo

State Representative
14th Middlesex District

Simon Cataldo’s history in environmental science drives his mission to green the grid, electrify public transportation, and create a green built environment. He places climate at the forefront of his priorities.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Michelle Ciccolo

State Representative
15th Middlesex District

A founder of the bicameral Zero Waste Caucus Representative, Representative Ciccolo is a proven leader bringing an expertise to the intersection of transportation, public health, and the environment. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Manny Cruz

State Representative
7th Essex District

A strong local champion for Salem, Manny Cruz’s plan to tackle the climate crisis head-on includes prioritizing environmental justice, coastal resiliency, and offshore wind. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Julian Cyr

State Senator
Cape and the Islands District

With his experience in public health, Julian Cyr has paved the way for an expansion of offshore wind and clean energy. His priorities include continuing to improve offshore wind capacity, reducing wastewater impacts, and reaching emissions targets.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Judith Garcia

State Representative
11th Suffolk District

As a Chelsea City Councilor, Judith Garcia has a long track record of working on environmental justice. She will take this experience to the state level, where she is committed to regulating emissions, strengthening public transit, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Michael Day

State Representative
31st Middlesex District

Michael Day has proven his commitment to climate mitigation in the House through his leadership of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill and strong support for funding environmental agencies.   

Election date: Nov 8

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Kate Donaghue

State Representative
19th Worcester District

Kate Donaghue has been a strong ally to environmental groups throughout Massachusetts. She is committed to transitioning her work into the State House by advancing renewable energy policies and supporting public transit electrification. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Lydia Edwards

State Senator
3rd Suffolk District

Senator Edwards has fought to protect communities already burdened by transportation pollution with a strong mission to uphold “Vision Zero” principles and will strive to ensure equitable access to energy efficiency and green jobs. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Sean Garballey

State Representative
23rd Middlesex District

Representative Garballey has been a strong climate advocate in the House of Representatives since 2008, where he has been a lead sponsor of legislation to support the Commonwealth’s transition to 100% renewable energy. 

Election date: Nov 8

Jessica Giannino

State Representative
16th Suffolk District

Since 2020, Representative Giannino has been a strong voice for environmental justice and protecting natural resources in the House. She plans to focus on improving public transportation if elected to another term. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Jim Hawkins

State Representative
2nd Bristol District

Representative Hawkins has demonstrated his dedication to the environment by prioritizing the residents of his district in his work supporting clean energy initiatives and opposing fossil fuel infrastructure. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Natalie Higgins

State Representative
4th Worcester District

Representative Higgins has demonstrated her commitment to the environment during her time in the House of Representatives by supporting legislation that lowers energy costs, promotes parks and green spaces, creates green jobs, and combats climate change. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Hannah Kane

State Representative
11th Worcester District

A strong environmental ally, Representative Kane has used her position on the House Ways and Means committee to fund Green Budget priorities and improve the state’s climate preparedness. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Meghan Kilcoyne

State Representative
12th Worcester District

Meghan Kilcoyne has been a strong climate advocate in the House, where she has prioritized environmental action and the Green Budget. She will focus on expanding access to electric vehicles, decarbonizing buildings, and building offshore wind.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Michael Kushmerek

State Representative
3rd Worcester District

Since his election in 2020, Michael Kushmerek has worked diligently to remove incentives for incineration and protect open spaces. He plans to continue working on environmental justice and conservation. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Kathy LaNatra

State Representative
12th Plymouth District

As the Vice Chair on the Joint Committee on Export Development, Kathy LaNatra is acutely aware of concerns and costs over rising seas. Her continuing goals include prioritizing decarbonization, and improving MassSave.

Election date: Nov 8

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Jason Lewis

State Senator
5th Middlesex District

As Senate Chair of the Zero Waste Caucus, Senator Lewis has been a strong ally in the fight against pollution and has worked to ensure that environmental justice is central to the Senate’s decision-making process. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Kate Lipper-Garabedian

State Representative
32nd Middlesex District

Representative Lipper-Garabedian is passionate about making sustainable infrastructure accessible to everyone in the Commonwealth. In addition to advocating at the state level, she is committed to engaging with her district through sustainability events. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Joan Meschino

State Representative
3rd Plymouth District

Representative Meschino was a major leader in the passing of the 2021 Roadmap Bill, one of the strongest climate laws in the nation, and she will continue to be a fierce supporter of crucial climate proposals. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Liz Miranda

State Senator
2nd Suffolk District

Representative Miranda’s strong commitment to climate justice and equity has made her a leader in the House, and she will ensure that the Senate remains focused on the people most affected by our environmental challenges. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Tram Nguyen

State Representative
18th Essex District

Representative Nguyen’s vision for building a sustainable future drives her to advocate for increased funding for state environmental agencies, transitioning away from fossil fuel reliance, and protecting natural resources in the Commonwealth. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Jacob Oliveira

State Senator
Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester District

Representative Oliveira’s priorities of expanded public transit, including the West-East rail line, and investment in clean energy align with a vision for a more environmentally responsible Massachusetts. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Marc Pacheco

State Senator
3rd Bristol and Plymouth District

The founding Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Senator Pacheco is a strong leader on many fronts of the fight for environmental progress, helping to pass both the Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2021 Roadmap Bill. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Pavel Payano

State Senator
1st Essex District

Currently a Lawrence City Councilor-at-Large, Pavel Payano has proven to be a strong environmental justice leader. Alongside his strong environmental policy objectives, he will work to ensure districts like his own are not left behind as the state moves toward electrification. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Sarah Peake

State Representative
4th Barnstable District

Representative Peake’s long service to her district has proven her ability to prioritize and fight for climate legislation, including improvement of the state’s public transit system and the push to reach net-zero emissions. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Ted Philips

State Representative
8th Norfolk District

Ted Philips has been a strong supporter of climate priorities and is a lead sponsor of the Mattress Recycling Bill. He is also working to electrify the commuter rail and increase funding for DEP.

Election date: Nov 8

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Smitty Pignatelli

State Representative
3rd Berkshire District

Smitty Pignatelli has consistently upheld ELM’s goals since his election in 2003; his priorities include electric vehicle adoption, investment in clean energy jobs, and climate resiliency.  

Election date: Nov 8

Becca Rausch

State Senator
Norfolk, Worcester, and Middlesex District

Senator Rausch has a broad and ambitious plan to drive Massachusetts forward, including the protection of natural resources, reducing waste and building emissions, and the development of a green economy. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Estela Reyes

State Representative
4th Essex District

With eleven years of experience as an elected official, Estela Reyes is a proven community leader and civic engagement expert. Her goals include adopting electric vehicle fleets, electrifying public transportation, and building support for offshore wind. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Jeffrey Roy

State Representative
10th Norfolk District

As the House chair of the and Energy Committee, Chair Roy has proven himself to be a leader in advancing climate policy in Massachusetts.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Lindsay Sabadosa

State Representative
1st Hampshire District

Representative Sabadosa’s record in the House has shown that she will fight to protect our valuable natural resources and ensure that the green economy of the future is accessible to all. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Aaron Saunders

State Representative
7th Hampden District

Aaron Saunders has over twenty years of experience in local, state, and federal government, and will bring his expertise to the 7th Hampden District. He prioritizes energy storage and regional siting of clean energy sources.

Election date: Nov 8

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Margaret Scarsdale

State Representative
1st Middlesex District

Representative Scarsdale’s prior advocacy work, including successful opposition to the Kinder-Morgan pipeline, has proven her commitment to protecting the environment and fighting for climate justice. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Priscila Sousa

State Representative
6th Middlesex District

With experience in solar energy and community engagement, Priscila Sousa recently became the first woman of color elected Chair of the Framingham School Committee. In the State House, she will prioritize equitable access to renewable energy and an expansion of the green workforce pipeline.  

Election date: Nov 8

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Andres Vargas

State Representative
3rd Essex District

Representative Vargas has a holistic approach to climate and environmental justice, focusing on issues like housing and transit that directly impact his constituents. 

Election date: Nov 8

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Tommy Vitolo

State Representative
15th Norfolk District

Through his long history of environmental advocacy along with his nuanced understanding of energy policy, Representative Vitolo has proven his commitment and ability to fight for climate justice on many fronts, from renewable energy to wildlife protection. 

Election date: Nov 8

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