(March 30, 2018) Springfield, Mass. - Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, has been endorsed by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution “FCCPR”.
“Tahirah’s understanding of the issues facing the constituents of CD-1 and her commitment to improving their lives gives me hope that we can be represented much more effectively at the congressional level”, said David Greenberg, a member of both CPR’s Endorsement Committee and Coordinating Committee.
“It is an honor to have been chosen by FCCPR as its candidate in this most important congressional race”, said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. “We deserve a representative who truly cares about our families and our futures. I’ve met with families. I’ve heard their stories. I will advocate to improve our quality of life,” she said. “We are living in one of the most consequential political times of our nation’s history. Because of our campaign, we are already being heard and changing the course of our future. We are restoring hope where until recently it seemed elusive. I am deeply grateful to FCCPR for its confidence in me,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud.
Springfield resident and attorney, Ms. Amatul-Wadud, a 44 year old African American Muslim woman, launched her campaign in Shelburne Falls December 2017. Her entry into the race has garnered national attention and considerable support. Ms. Amatul-Wadud is running what she refers to as an “unapologetically progressive platform,” On a national level, the 2018 midterm elections have been described as “The Year of the Woman,” noting the 60% increase in female candidates nationwide for federal seats. Ms. Amatul-Wadud’s race is frequently referenced nationally because of her strong agenda and unique qualifications, along with the enthusiasm with which her candidacy has been embraced by the community.
Ms. Amatul-Wadud has advocated before lawmakers supporting agricultural bills, equal pay for women, immigration reform and anti-bigotry resolutions. As the mother of a child who suffers from a chronic heart condition, she understands the need to prioritize healthcare for every person and is an avid supporter of Medicare for All. She promises to vigorously promote a plan to combat climate issues, broadband internet and to address drug addiction. Ms. Amatul-Wadud has been in Franklin County many times since launching her campaign, including attending an agricultural summit keynoted by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a public forum on fiscal challenges facing the rural school districts moderated by State Senator Adam Hinds, and a candidate meet and greet held in January in Shelburne Falls.
FCCPR is dedicated to fighting for progressive social, political, and economic issues by engaging in political action, independent electoral activity, educating people on vital issues, and supporting candidates with shared principles.