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Comerford, Gouveia, Destined to Bring Social Work Training and Values to State House this November

Tuesday, September 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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Comerford, Gouveia, Destined to Bring Social Work Training and Values to State House this November

National Association of Social Workers - MA Chapter Political Action for Candidate Election Endorses Social Workers and Allies for Local and State Office

 

BOSTON – Jo Comerford and Tami Gouveia, both candidates for state office with master’s degrees in social work, won their respective primary races on September 4, 2018. Both candidates were proudly endorsed by Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE), the political arm of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA). If they win their general election races on November 6, 2018, Comerford and Gouveia will be the latest to bring the voice and values of masters-level social workers to Beacon Hill.

 

Jo Comerford won the democratic primary race for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester State Senate seat as a write-in candidate and was endorsed by NASW-MA PACE for her commitment to social work values and priorities, as demonstrated by her educational background and leadership of various nonprofits.

 

Reflecting on her win, Comerford stated, "I am tremendously honored at the prospect of bringing social work values and skills to the State House. I have no doubt that my training and work as a social worker will be invaluable as I chart a course that is in the best interest of all of my constituents."

 

Tami Gouveia won the democratic primary race for the 14th Middlesex State Representative seat and was endorsed by NASW-MA PACE, highlighting her commitment and direct contributions to the social work profession as experiences that will greatly contribute to her effectiveness as an elected official. 

 

“I have spent my entire public health social work career solving the myriad problems that families face in their everyday lives and I am proud to bring this perspective to the Massachusetts Legislature,” Gouveia said. “Whether addressing the climate crisis, opioids prevention and treatment, investments in transportation, education funding, equitable healthcare access, or safe communities, as a legislator I will fight every day for just and sustainable communities to ensure that everyone in our state has what they need to thrive.”

 

NASW-MA PACE is a non-partisan PAC that works to endorse candidates seeking political office in Massachusetts at the local and state level. NASW-MA PACE endorses candidates that demonstrate clear commitment to social work values such as service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

 


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