Mayor Marty Walsh Endorses Cullinane in First Official Endorsement as Mayor


Dorchester, MA – A crowd of more than 300 gathered at Ester Restaurant in Lower Mills as State Representative Dan Cullinane formally “kicked-off” his campaign for re-election as State Representative of the 12th Suffolk District representing Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton. Cullinane, who was sworn in after winning an open, three-way, special election with 75% of the vote just eight months ago, had some heavy hitters on hand showing that he is taking nothing for granted.

State Representative Russell Holmes, who also represents Mattapan, kicked off the speaking program, “I am here tonight because Dan has proven his dedication to the people he was elected to serve,” Holmes said. “When Dan came to me over a year ago to let me know he was running, I challenged him to show me that he would be present at meetings, responsive to constituents, and focus on the real work that needed to be done across the district. I was looking for a partner in government and Dan has delivered.” Holmes continued, “Dan’s Friday office hours across the district are unheard of and his personal cell phone is printed on all his business cards. Dan has proven to me that he is the best person for the job, I fully endorse him, and I look forward to working to make sure he is re-elected.”

Next to take the microphone was Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, “At every step throughout his education and career, from City Hall to the State House, Dan has served the people of Boston. In less than a year in office, Dan has already established himself as one of the hardest working State Representatives in Massachusetts. He gives the job everything he has to offer but more importantly, Dan has delivered for the people of his district.” Walsh said. “I have spoken at many events since being elected Mayor, but I am here tonight to give my first official endorsement since becoming the Mayor of Boston, to my friend State Representative Dan Cullinane.” 

State Representative Dan Cullinane addressed the packed room, “Eight months and three days ago I was sworn into the Massachusetts House of Representatives because of the faith in confidence you placed in me. On that day, I accepted the challenge of working each and every day to prove to people of each community in the 12th Suffolk District that I was worthy of that trust,” Cullinane said. “Tonight, I am proud to say we have met that challenge, and then some. I promised accessibility - Dan in the District community office hours - five, two-hour stops, at local businesses across the district, on Fridays, has given residents more access to a one-on-one meeting with their State Representative than ever before. Printing my personal cell phone number on all of my business cards means that residents can reach me anytime, day or night, to talk to me directly about any issues or concern in the community. This is the type of representation the residents of the 12th Suffolk District deserve.”

“I got involved in government because my parents and my community taught me to care. I ran for this office because I felt I could make a difference. Now I know I can. This election is about who has the experience, energy, and proven ability to deliver results in State House and in the community for the people of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton. I am that person.” 

“In the State House, my focus has been on building a brighter future for every resident of the 12th Suffolk District and delivering much needed resources and funding to our neighborhoods.”

In eight months in office, State Representative Cullinane has not missed a single roll-call vote in the House of Representatives. In addition to his State Legislature responsibilities Representative Cullinane is currently serving on the Mayor Walsh’s Housing Taskforce and previously was appointed to serve on Mayor Walsh’s Youth Transition Team.

State Representative Dan Cullinane represents the 12th Suffolk District including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton. Representative Cullinane was elected in 2013 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 Senate 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.

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