August 10, 2020


Brown, who had originally endorsed Senator Ed Markey, pointed to Kennedy’s presence in western Massachusetts and his record on economic and racial justice as key reasons for switching his endorsement

Watertown, MA –– On Monday, Springfield City Councilor Malo Brown announced his endorsement of Congressman Joe Kennedy III for U.S. Senate. Brown, who represents Ward 4, had earlier supported incumbent Senator Ed Markey, but cited Kennedy’s views on racial justice, his accessibility, his willingness to listen and his forward thinking vision as the primary factors for his decision. Brown represents Ward 4, which is a predominantly Black Ward in the City of Springfield.

“I did not make this decision lightly. Senator Edward Markey has had a long and distinguished career representing our Commonwealth. Yet throughout the campaign season it became more and more obvious that Kennedy represents the future we need here in Ward 4, Springfield, Western Mass, the Commonwealth, and the Nation as a whole,” said Councilor Malo Brown. 

“Joe has shown up and listened. He doesn’t come to Springfield to just make speeches,” Brown continued. “He’s been to the barber shops, restaurants, and churches in Mason Square; the storefronts in the North End and the BLM rallies in the community. He has proven to me that he will be a tireless advocate for the issues that impact the City of Springfield and specifically Ward 4.“

“Over the past weeks and months, I’ve seen the best of Massachusetts. And I’ve seen the resilience, the innovation, and the passion of people in Western Mass. I’ve also seen the fear, the frustration, and the anxiety of a region so often left behind. I can promise you this: as your Senator, you will not forget my face or my voice. I will be here to listen and learn from you all because these are the relationships that make me love what I do,” Congressman Joe Kennedy III said. “Springfield deserves better than what you’ve all been given. All you business owners and essential workers play a critical role in our economy, from manufacturing to agriculture to recreation. And you’ll play a critical role in our recovery. Racial justice, economic justice, healthcare justice –– none of that will happen without western Massachusetts at the table. I am honored to have the support of Councilor Brown, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to fight for these things every single day.”

This news was first reported by Benjamin Kail from MassLive. Read the story here.