The Battle For the Senate: Joe Kennedy vs. Ed Markey


As with most races in the political arena, the battle for the senate in the city of Boston is quite heated this year. Featuring Joe Kennedy vs. Ed Markey, each of these candidates have made their own achievements and are considered to be qualified in their own rights. Nevertheless, the race seems to very much be a battle between those who want to maintain the status quo, and those who feel like new blood is required to propel us forward in the world of new normals. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at each of these candidates. 


Ed Markey

For those who are interested in electing a more seasoned candidate, Ed Markey is the most obvious choice. With over 40 years of political experience, Senator Markey has been a member of the Senate since June of 2013. Serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 37 years, Markey has developed a reputation for fighting for issues such as climate change, clean energy, safeguarding privacy, nuclear non-proliferation, investor protection, and much more. Additionally, he is heralded for being the author of some of the most valuable Wall Street reform laws since the great depression. With that in mind, here is a list of his endorsements:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren

  • Rep. Richard Neal

  • Rep. Jim McGovern

  • Rep. Lori Trahan

  • Rep. Stephen Lynch

  • Rep. Bill Keating

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • Sens. Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer

  • The Boston Globe Editorial Board

  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

  • Sommerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

Other Mayors

  • Lawrence: Dan Rivera

  • Worcester: Joe Petty

  • Brockton: Robert Sullivan

  • Lynn: Thomas McGee

  • Quincy: Tom Koch

  • Lawrence: Dan Rivera

  • Haverhill: James Fiorentini

  • Malden: Gary Christenson

  • Medford: Breanna Lungo-Koehn

  • Revere: Brian Arrigo

  • Attleboro: Paul Heroux

  • Pittsfield: Linda Tyer

  • Fitchburg: Stephen DiNatale

  • Woburn: Scott Galvin

  • Northampton: David Narkewicz

  • Melrose: Paul Brodeur

  • Newburyport: Donna Holaday

  • Easthampton: Nicole LaChapelle

  • North Adams: Tom Bernard

  • Agawam: William Sapelli

  • Greenfield: Roxann Wedegartner

  • Chicopee: John Vieau

  • Attorney/Climate Activist Zephyr Teachout

  • Boston City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Kenzie Bok

  • Tom Steyer

  • Mike Dukakis

State Senators

  • Sonia Chang Díaz

  • Michael Barrett

  • Michael Brady

  • Williams Brownsberger

  • Jo Comerford

  • Cynthia Creem

  • Brendan Crighton

  • Sal DiDomenico

  • James Eldridge

  • Barry Finegold

  • Cindy Friedman

  • Anne Gobi

  • Patricia Jehlen

  • John Keenan

  • Edward Kennedy

  • Jason Lewis

  • Joan Lovely

  • Michael Moore

  • Marc Pacheco

  • Michael Rodrigues

  • Rebecca Rausch

  • Michael Rush

  • Karen Spilka

  • Jim Welch

  • Su Moran

State Representatives

  • Carlos González

  • José Tosado

  • Marcos Devers

  • Frank Moran

  • Dan Sena

  • Andy Vargas

  • James Arciero

  • Brian Ashe

  • Bruce Ayers

  • Ruth Balser

  • Christine Barber

  • John Barrett

  • Fmr. Jennifer Benson

  • Natalie Blais

  • Fmr. Paul Brodeur

  • Daniel Cahill

  • Linda Campbell

  • Peter Capano

  • Daniel Carey

  • Gerard Cassidy

  • Tackey Chan

  • Michelle Ciccolo

  • Mike Connolly

  • Dan Cullinane

  • Mark Cusack

  • Josh Cutler

  • Michael Day

  • Marjorie Decker

  • Robert DeLeo

  • Marcos Devers

  • Mindy Domb

  • Daniel Donahue

  • Paul Donato

  • William Driscoll

  • Michelle DuBois

  • Carolyn Dykema

  • Lori Ehrlich

  • Nika Elugardo

  • Tricia Farley-Bouvier

  • Dylan Fernandes

  • Carole Fiola

  • William Galvin

  • Sean Garballey

  • Colleen Garry

  • Carmine Gentile

  • Carlos Gonzalez

  • Kenneth Gordon

  • Tami Gouveia

  • Danielle Gregoire

  • Patricia Haddad

  • Richard Haggerty

  • Stephan Hay

  • Jonathan Hecht

  • Chris Hendricks

  • Natalie Higgins

  • Russell Holmes

  • Kevin Honan

  • Daniel Hunt

  • Louis Kafka

  • Mary Keefe

  • Kay Khan

  • Kathy Lanatra

  • John Lawn

  • David LeBoueuf

  • Jack Lewis

  • David Linsky

  • Jay Livingstone

  • Adrian Madaro

  • John Mahoney

  • Elizabeth Malia

  • Ronald Mariano

  • Paul Mark

  • Christopher Marke

  • Joseph McGonagle

  • Joan Meschino

  • Christina Minicucci

  • Liz Miranda

  • Rady Mom

  • Frank Moran

  • Michael Moran

  • James Murphy

  • Harold Naughton

  • Tram Nguyen

  • Jerald Parisella

  • Sarah Peake

  • Alice Peisch

  • Thomas Petrolati

  • Denise Provost

  • David Robertson

  • Maria Robinson

  • David Rogers

  • John Rogers

  • Daniel Ryan

  • Lindsay Sabadosa

  • Paul Schmid

  • Alan Silvia

  • Theodore Speliotis

  • Thomas Stanley

  • Jose Tosado

  • Paul Tucker

  • Steven Ultrino

  • Andy Vargas

  • RoseLee Vincent

  • Thomas Walsh

  • Bud Williams

  • Jonathan Zlotnik

  • Carole King

  • Jane Fonda

  • Our Revolution

  • The Sunrise Movement

Unions

  • AFSCME Council 93

  • SEIU 32BJ

  • SEIU 888

  • Association of Flight Attendants

  • CWA

  • CWA 1400

  • APFA

  • AFGE

  • Unite Here 26

  • Postal Workers of Central Massachusetts

  • American Postal Workers Union (APWU) of Massachusetts

  • American Federation of Teachers

  • Roxana Rivera, President, 32BJ SEIU, Boston

  • Gloria Steinem 

  • Ken Burns

  • MoveOn

  • Democracy for America

Joe Kennedy

On the other hand, Joe Kenney III is a lawyer and politician who is presently serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, which is a position he has held since 2013. Given that he is a member of the Kennedy family, he obviously has a rich political legacy that many are asserting he will more than live up to. As a graduate of Harvard Law School, the more liberal of the pair is heralded for his impressive intelligence and his most treasured causes such as health care, civil rights, racial inequality, climate change, marijuana legalization, and many others. With that in mind, although he is a newcomer, he also has an impressive list of endorsements:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi 

  • The late Rep. John Lewis 

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro

  • Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins

  • Former City Councilor Tito Jackson

  • Boston Activist Monica Cannon-Grant

  • Former Governor Bill Weld

  • Merrow Manufacturing CEO Charlie Merrow

  • Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta

House Democrats

  • Rep. Mark Pocan

  • Rep. Raul Grijalva.

  • Rep. David Cicilline

  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

  • Rep. Joyce Beatty

  • Rep. Marc Veasey

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro

  • Rep. Juan Vargas

  • Rep. Filomen Vela

  • Rep. Linda Sanchez

  • Rep. Gil Cisneros

  • Rep. Derek Kilmer

  • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

  • Rep. Annie Kuster

  • Rep. Conor Lamb

  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy

  • Rep. Veronica Escobar

  • Rep. Norma Torres

  • Rep. Ruben Gallego

  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat

  • Rep. Colin Allred

  • Rep. Lauren Underwood

  • Rep. Elissa Slotkin

  • Rep. Angie Craig

  • Rep. Pete Aguilar

  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

  • Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley

Unions

  • Boston Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union

  • Region 9A of the United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW)

  • Massachusetts Laborers, Laborers Local 9, 22, 39, 88, 133, 138, 151, 175, 223, 243, 327, 385, 429, 473, 560, 609, 610, 668, 721, 876, 976, 999, and 1421

  • NAGE, the Machinists Statewide Council, IAM (International Association of Machinists), Machinists Local 100, 318, 447, 1420, 1726, and 264

  • Teamsters Local 25

  • Sprinkler Fitters 550

  • Pipefitters Local 4, 104, 151, and 537

  • Plumbers Local 12

  • IBEW 96, 103, 104, 1505, 223, 455, 326, 2325, 2321, 1499, & 2222

  • UWUA 369

  • Carmen’s Union 589

  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

  • IUOE Local 4

  • UFCW Local 791

  • Painters and Allied Trades DC 35

  • Boston Musicians Association Local 9-535

  • Ironworkers Local 7

  • Plymouth/Bristol County Regional Labor Council

  • Norfolk County Regional Labor Council

  • North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

  • Eastern Millwrights Regional Council

  • Professional Fire Fighters for Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts Building Trades Council

Mayors

  • Salem: Kim Driscoll

  • Newton: Ruthanne Fuller

  • Framingham: Yvonne Spicer

  • Peabody: Ted Bettencourt

  • Lowell: John Leahy Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins

State Reps

  • Chynah Tyler 

  • Jon Santiago

  • Jeff Roy

State Senators

  • State Sen. Eric Lesser

  • Adam Hinds

  • Paul Feeney

  • Diana DiZoglio

  • Joe Boncore

  • Mark Montigny

Overall, this is a very heated race and most Boston residents feel that there is too much at stake to sit this one out. While there is no telling which way this one will go, one of the only things that all parties involved can agree upon is this: Vote! 


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Editor's Note: Dylan Kelly, Editor and Chief of ExploreBoston.com, Interned and Worked with the Gabriel E. Gomez Campaign for U.S. Senate in 2013 against Ed Markey.

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