STATE REP RACE: Mass Voters For Animals Endorses Judy O’Connell

BOSTON, MA — Mass Voters for Animals works to elect the most humane-minded candidates to public office in Massachusetts so that these legislators can enact laws and policies to protect animals.

In the State Representative race for the 19th Middlesex District, Mass Voters for Animals has endorsed Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).

“We feel that Ms. O’Connell stands out as a person who truly cares about animal welfare and someone who would be a strong state house advocate for animal protection and the prevention of cruelty,” reads the announcement.

Massachusetts Voters for Animals (MVFA) is the nonpartisan political arm of the animal protection movement in Massachusetts and the only animal organization in the state that can influence elections for animal protection since other non-profits are prohibited by law from endorsing candidates or campaigning in elections.

MVFA supports candidates regardless of party based on a single criterion: their support for animal protection. MVFA creates a questionnaire that requests candidates’ positions on a variety of animal protection issues. MVFA also asks candidates if they have taken action in either their public or private lives on behalf of animals, whether they would favor legislation for animals despite arguments for commercial and economic benefit from animal exploitation, and if they view animal protection as a core value. If the candidate has held elected office, MVFA also reviews their record.

(NOTE: The above information is from the Mass Voters for Animals.)

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