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BROOKLINE PAX ENDORSEMENTS
FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2020

  • US President/VP: Joe BIDEN/Kamala
  • US Sen., Ed MARKEY
  • State Sen., Cynthia CREEM
  • State Reps., Tommy VITOLO (pcts 2-4, 6-13); and
  • Nika ELUGARDO (pct. 5).

Heather HAMILTON for Norfolk County Commissioner: A hard-working and progressive Select Board-Member, repeatedly endorsed by PAX, her stated priorities — diversity, sustainability, accountability, and transparent management — are all in her proven wheelhouse. Brookline hasn’t had a commissioner in decades. It’s time.

PATRICK McDERMOTT (D), Norfolk County Sheriff — recently Probate Registrar and a Democratic State Committee Member, who has a very progressive platform. The GOP incumbent Jerry (also McDermott), was appointed by Gov. Baker, has no issues platform at all, wrote a Herald op-ed supporting officers’ qualified immunity, oversees the deputies who in full riot gear gratuitously intimidated Brookline’s peaceful (June) marchers, and championed a ballot question authorizing sheriffs to honor ICE detainers. PATRICK says he would notnotify ICE of inmates’ release without federal judges’ orders. And, (Jerry’s) GOP has been for decades Tough/Dumb-on-Crime.

QUESTION 1, RIGHT TO REPAIR, YES: Mandate independent car repair facilities getting access to cars’ mechanical data. The stellar staff at Shimon’s (stellar) Service Station tell us we’re not missing anything about this worthy initiative. We trust them far more than the deep-pocketed car manufacturers funding the misinformation-fear-mongering “No” campaign.

QUESTION 2, RANKED CHOICE VOTING, YES: The 4th District result made a mockery of our district’s values, ergo of “democracy.” Most Q2 opposition is from right-wingers like the Globe’s (& Brookline’s) Jeff Jacoby -- who, unlike progressives, usually unite behind one candidate (like Jake Auchincloss. Astonishingly, though, some progressives like (also Brookline’s and writing in Globe) Eitan Hersh also oppose RCV (aka “instant run-off”), fearing “ballot exhaustion or truncation,” especially by “less-educated.” While legitimate (abstract) priorities, they’re real-world overwhelmed -- abnegated -- when 78% of 4th District votes were wasted.

QUESTION 3 (Brookline), YES, DEBT-EXCLUSION to buy Newbury College’s 3.13 acre parcel, immediate relief for Town/School needs while we consider permanent uses, a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire much needed Town land, maybe including much-needed affordable housing outside of North Brookline.

Q4 (advisory), YES: require 100% renewable energy use within two decades, starting immediately, making significant progress within five years, and protecting impacted workers/businesses.

Q5 (advisory), YES: instruct your State Rep. to support changing House of Reps. rules so committees’ votes are publicly available.


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Every year, Brookline PAX endorses progressive candidates for elective office. Please help us in the critical 2020 election season, making a donation to the Brookline PAX Campaign Committee.*
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Donations to the Brookline PAX Campaign Committee support the election of endorsed candidates with mailings, newspaper advertising, and, in many races, additional campaign materials. Your financial support is critical to that effort.

*Please note that Campaign Committee donations are separate from
and do not count toward Brookline PAX dues.


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