State Representative Dan Cullinane Will Not Seek Re-election

After much thought and deep reflection with my family over the holidays and throughout January, I have made the decision that I will not be a candidate for re-election as State Representative.

What we've accomplished together

As I look back on my last 5 years as your State Representative, I'm proud of all that we've accomplished to make the 12th Suffolk District a better place. In this race, I'm the true progressive who's gotten results for the communities of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Milton. I've brought millions in vital state funds back to the district and invested them in public transportation, housing, and quality of life improvements. Here are the things that we've accomplished to improve the communities in the 12th Suffolk District.

We need to stand together to Save the Mattapan Trolley

Last month, the MBTA revealed that it needed more time to study the Mattapan Trolley line, leaving many to believe "the status of the historic streetcars [are] in doubt (The Boston Globe)."  Despite promises of a $7.9 million investment in the trolley, there has been little communication from the MBTA regarding how that money would be used to keep it functional while the study assessing the route is underway. This is unacceptable. Thousands of MBTA riders rely on the Mattapan Trolley everyday to connect them to the Red Line at Ashmont Station, and they add significant character and charm to our communities. In response, I am launching a petition to send a clear message to Governor Baker and the MBTA that we need to save the Mattapan Trolley line!

Dan Cullinane Fights for Affordable Housing Projects

Representative Dan Cullinane, pictured here at the groundbreaking for Olmsted Green in Mattapan, has continuously fought for affordable housing projects as State Representative. At the ground breaking for Olmsted Green, Governor Baker announced $100 million in housing subsidy funds and state and federal tax credits to expand the amount of affordable housing in Massachusetts. Some of that funding will be going to turning the old Cote Ford parking lot in Mattapan into a new affordable housing development, a project that Dan has consistently been fighting for. Speaking about the future of the project to the Bay State Banner in 2016, Dan emphasized the need for housing in Mattapan, especially among young adults who want to stay in the neighborhood they grew up in but are unable to due to high rent costs. Dan explains“What we need in Mattapan is housing. Right now rents are going up because there isn’t enough housing supply. It’s not just about the number of units, it’s about creating a real mixed-income community … of all levels of affordability."

Criminal justice reform is a historic breakthrough; vital next step is funding for reentry transitioning

Massachusetts took a historic step forward when Governor Baker recently signed into law long overdue criminal justice reform legislation that at its core seeks to break the cycle of poverty, marginalization, and incarceration that has existed for far too long. The reforms chart a new course, away from the tough-on-crime policies of the past that have disproportionately impacted communities of color and toward a better, fairer future.

But before we pat ourselves on the back, there is more work to be done.

Rep Cullinane delivers $250,000 in state funds to build first new children's playground at Ventura Park in 23 years

Ventura Park’s playground equipment and baseball field are about to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $250,000 shot of state funding promoted by two Dorchester legislators.

The money, earmarked by state Rep. Daniel Cullinane and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry in the coming year’s budget, will be used to redesign and update the playground and baseball field, which were last renovated over 20 years ago.  “It is always tough to prioritize projects; however, Ventura Park is an asset that has required much needed attention,” said Dorcena Forry.

“This is an exciting day for Dorchester and for the countless children and families who take advantage of this wonderful park throughout the year,” said Cullinane.

Rep. Cullinane delivers $500,000 in state funds to City of Boston for the beautification of Mattapan Square

Mattapan Square was the 20th and last “Main Streets District” to be designated by the city, under the Menino administration. Working with colleagues, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and state Rep. Russell Holmes, state Rep. Dan Cullinane helped author an amendment in the 2014 transportation bond bill securing the funds. 

“Mattapan Square is a gateway to the city of Boston,” Cullinane said. “The Mattapan residents and businesses deserve to have a main streets district that’s vibrant, beautiful, and looks, businesses and residents deserve that.”

Throughout his campaign Cullinane promised to put Mattapan Square front and center. “It was upsetting to me to look down the same street, down Blue Hill Avenue, into Milton, and see trees and flowers and landscaping, and then you turn around on that exact same street, into Mattapan Square, and all you see is a bland, vacant, cement median with nothing on it,” he said.

In addition to the $500,000 for median improvements, another $500,000 is budgeted for a traffic study to plan for further developments that improve the square. “It was important not just getting the money authorized in the Bond Bill, but making sure that that money became real,” Cullinane said.

Another $500,000 for the traffic study is still in limbo, pending Governor Charlie Baker’s approval.

There was a first meeting earlier in the fall, and Dec. 10 was the city’s second public meeting on the topic. 

“I want to give Mayor Walsh tremendous credit for the public works department coming out and running a very thorough, and transparent community process, to make sure that all of the stake holders, the residents, the businesses of the square, the main streets association, and the non-profits that are in and around Mattapan all had a say,” Cullinane said. “Now this beautification of the square is real. It is going to be happening and hopefully we’ll have shovels in the ground next spring to make it beautiful for next year and many days to come.


(BOSTON) -  State Representative Dan Cullinane of the 12th Suffolk district announced today that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry of the First Suffolk district. Senator Dorcena Forry is the former State Representative for the 12th Suffolk district, and currently represents all of the 12th Suffolk district’s Boston precincts in the State Senate.


(MILTON) - State Representative Dan Cullinane of the 12th Suffolk district announced today that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by State Senator Brian A. Joyce of the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth district. Senator Joyce and Representative Cullinane share Milton precincts 1 and 2 as part of their constituencies on Beacon Hill.


(MATTAPAN) – Today in Mattapan Square, Congressman Mike Capuano of the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts officially endorsed State Representative Dan Cullinane of the 12th Suffolk district. Congressman Capuano represents 16 of the 17 precincts that make up the 12th Suffolk district in Washington – Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton. Congressman Capuano joined numerous community leaders from Mattapan in giving Representative Cullinane high marks for his accessibility, persistence, and for delivering results in his first nine months in office.

“Dan Cullinane has earned our support. I respect him - not just as a politician - I respect him as a human being because he is in this for the right reasons. Dan has delivered for the people of the 12th Suffolk district,” Congressman Capuano said.“He works well with people inside and outside the district. Dan brings people together, which gives him the ability to bring a lot of resources to the community. He is exactly the type of person we want in politics. That is why I am here – he has earned our support and deserves our help. I am proud to endorse Dan’s re-election.”

“I am honored to have the support of Congressman Capuano, a true progressive leader who is a tireless advocate for Massachusetts families and a consistent voice for those in our community whoare in need,” State Representative Cullinane said. “As a former alderman and mayor, Congressman Capuano knows the vital importance of strong local government delegations working together for the betterment of the communities we serve. I am grateful for the confidence and trust he has placed in me to be re-elected to serve the people of the 12th Suffolk district as State Representative.”

Congressman Mike Capuano was first elected to the U.S.House of Representatives in 1999. He has been re-elected 7 times and has built a reputation as one of the hardest working progressive legislators in Washington. Congressman Capuano currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, the Committee on Ethics, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He has founded four congressional caucuses, and was formerly an alderman and mayor in the city of Somerville. 

State Representative Dan Cullinane was elected last year with 75% of the vote in a three person special election to succeed now State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Cullinane served as then Representative Dorcena Forry’s campaign field director, helping elect her as the first Haitian-American State Senator in Massachusetts history. Representative Cullinane also previously served as the Director of Constituent Services for former State Representative and current Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh.

Congressman Capuano joins Mayor Marty Walsh and State Representative Russell Holmes in endorsing Representative Cullinane's re-election campaign. He has also been endorsed by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Boston Teacher's Union, MassEquality, MassAlliance, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice, and the AFSCME Council 93.