Pittsfield, MA (August 21, 2018) -- Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts, has been endorsed by Ward 1 Pittsfield City Councilor Helen Moon and Pittsfield educator and community activist Shirley Edgerton.
Councilor Moon spoke about her endorsement, saying, “I know that Tahirah is a real community leader who is out here working for the people. I believe she will be a real advocate. Not just for some of the members of District 1, but for all of us. I am happy and proud to support and cast my vote for her on September 4th. And I hope other equally-inspired community members will join me.”
Speaking about her endorsement and asking for community support as well, Edgerton added,“Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is a courageous, moral leader, who vocalizes the needs of ALL people; and her words and deeds match and are reflected in her leadership. It is time for ALL people in the First Congressional District to be recognized; if you want to vote for representation for ALL the people, join me in voting for Tahirah for First Congressional District.”
Upon learning of Edgerton and Moon’s endorsements Amatul-Wadud responded, “I am deeply honored to be endorsed by Councilor Moon and Shirley Edgerton, who are each doing such wonderful work for the city of Pittsfield. I so appreciate their support and their confidence in my abilities to represent the people of Pittsfield and all of District 1 with honesty, commitment and real progressive leadership.”
In her work as a lawyer and Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Amatul-Wadud has advocated before lawmakers in support of women’s rights, equal pay for women, immigration reform, agricultural bills, and anti-bigotry resolutions at the district, state, and federal level. Over the course of her career Amatul-Wadud has received a number of commendations for her service to the Western Massachusetts community.
Since declaring her candidacy she has also received a steadily growing list of organizational endorsements including those from Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution, Progressive Massachusetts, ORMA, Indivisible Project, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, among others. Over the last three months, her candidacy has been mentioned as a “progressive primary to watch” by the New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press, and other national and regional news outlets.
Amatul-Wadud is running as a primary challenger against Democratic incumbent Richard E. Neal in the Massachusetts primary election on September 4th.
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