Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Massachusetts Second Suffolk District
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz marked the official launch of her first bid for re-election with a large group of enthusiastic supporters at her Dudley Square campaign headquarters Sunday.

In remarks to a standing-room only crowd, Chang-Díaz touted some of the successes of her first term, such as Senate and House passage of CORI reform legislation, renovations at the Cass Recreation Center, and successful advocacy to reinstate funding for programs to prevent youth violence. However, she noted there was still much work to be done.

"We know what it will take to make our neighborhoods live up to our aspirations for them," Chang-Díaz said, "This campaign is about that future. I am not going to stop fighting until we get there, and I know you won't either. That is why I am asking for your vote in the Democratic Primary on September 14th and for your partnership in making this campaign great every week from here until then."

Chang-Díaz was introduced by State Representative Byron Rushing, a Boston Democrat, and Ra'shaun Nalls a Grove Hall-area community activist who highlighted Sonia's hands-on approach to working with community leaders in the district. "I hear a lot of politicians talking about support for our youth," Nalls said, "Sonia is different-- she speaks out for our youth on beacon hill and works directly with young people and their families in the community. That is the kind of hands on leadership that we need to make a real difference."

Representative Rushing highlighted Senator Chang-Díaz's strong commitment to progressive values and to equal rights for all, "When you support Sonia Chang-Díaz for re-election, you are saying that this Commonwealth needs to change...that this city needs to change. You are saying that there needs to be no barriers put up by any government to the opportunity of anyone in this state."

Pastor Kelly, a Dorchester area minister made a surprise visit to the campaign event to thank Sonia for her support of the Boston-Area Haitian community's response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Pastor Kelly also praised Chang-Díaz's accessibility and presence at meetings and community events during her first term.

Of the campaign, Chang-Díaz said, "I'm proud of what we've accomplished together in my first term, and I look forward to working hard to earn the votes of people across the district from here in Dudley Square, to Chinatown, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and everywhere in between. I hope to have the privilege to serve another term and keep fighting for all the people of the Second Suffolk and delivering real results for our neighborhoods."