Former State Senator Jim Timilty officially endorsed Democrat Paul Feeney for State Senate and released the following statement:
“Paul has the experience, passion, and dedication to our communities that we need and I’m proud to support him in his campaign to be the next State Senator of the Bristol and Norfolk district.
“The nine cities and towns of this district are made up of hardworking people that expect loyalty and accessibility. I saw Paul’s dedication and work ethic first-hand when he was my Chief of Staff and I know that the district would be well-served with Paul as our State Senator.”
By Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle
MANSFIELD — U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III Saturday endorsed Paul Feeney of Foxboro in the local special election for State Senate.
Kennedy, D-Brookline, said Feeney will fight for working families on issues such as health care, jobs and paying for college.
In the era of President Trump, Kennedy said, families need representatives like Feeney looking out for their interests.
“Paul is a friend, he’s an advocate, he’s an activist, he’s dedicated and he’s inspired,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said later that he was not reluctant to get involved in a local race because he knows Feeney so well.
He said the stakes are so high that he wanted to back someone with shared “values and vision.”
Feeney is the Democrat in a three-way race for the state Senate. James Timilty resigned the seat to become Norfolk County treasurer.Read more
FOXBOROUGH - Today, the Paul Feeney for State Senate campaign formally announces the endorsement of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and dozens of local unions that collectively represent thousands of workers throughout the Bristol & Norfolk State Senate district.
Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman cited Feeney’s distinguished career of fighting for working families in and out of the workplace. “Paul has spent his life advocating for working families in the workplace, in his community and at the State House. He is a born leader with the passion and backbone to challenge the system and stand up to injustice. I know he will be a strong voice for the people of his community.” Said Tolman.Read more
By Caitlyn McGoff
Wicked Local, Medfield --
A varied mix of contenders for Medfield’s vacant State Senate seat discussed their backgrounds and their take on the issues facing the state during this week’s candidate night.
The event, held by the Walpole chapter of Action Together Western Norfolk County, brought together several people vying for the Bristol and Norfolk Senate seat, previously occupied by Jim Timilty.
Timilty, a Walpole Democrat who was first elected to the Senate in 2005, gave up his seat earlier this year to become Norfolk County Treasurer.Read more
“I am honored to have the support of Firefighters in our district and throughout Massachusetts. The hard working men and women of our local fire departments are on the front lines of public safety and risk their own lives to deal with many different types of emergencies each day. They work hard to keep us safe. I am grateful for their service and their support and look forward to partnering with them to strengthen our communities.” Feeney said.
SHARON – The Senate recently voted to defeat a GOP “skinny repeal” bill Friday, July 28, that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Residents Esther Anastasia and Sharon Jacobs took to the streets, with around 20 other locals, holding signs in support of the ACA on Saturday, July 29, in Post Office Square.
“We want people in hometown of Sharon to see that their friends, neighbors and members of their community are exercising their first amendment rights in support of protecting our healthcare,” Anastasia said.Read more
Our Revolution, the national grassroots organization created following the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign, has endorsed Paul Feeney for State Senate.
Our Revolution points to Feeney’s commitment to working families, economic equality and job creation as their chief reasons for supporting his candidacy.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Our Revolution. The values and principles of this organization are reflected in the foundation of my candidacy - a focus on improving the lives of working and middle-class families throughout the Bristol & Norfolk District. I am proud to stand with the many local members of Our Revolution to send a message that politics as usual is no longer acceptable. We deserve a Senator that stands up to the political establishment and partisan leaders and fights for the people of this district above all else.” Said Feeney.Read more
While people throughout the Bristol & Norfolk Senate district are preparing their barbecues, back yard get-togethers and plans to see local fireworks, one candidate for State Senate will be doing what he has done every Fourth of July week since 1996; working day and night to produce the professional fireworks displays that thousands flock to in celebration of Independence day
Paul Feeney, who is running as a Democrat for the open State Senate seat vacated by Senator James Timilty, has worked part-time in the fireworks industry for over 20 years, early on as an apprentice and since 2002 as a lead pyrotechnician, licensed by the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal. A telephone worker by trade, Feeney uses vacation time to devote his full attention to his unique craft. Working for a Boston company from 1996 – 1999, Feeney worked with a crew of over two dozen to put on the prominent Boston show following the annual Pops concert on the Esplanade. Since then, Feeney and his crew, working for a New Hampshire based business have been responsible for producing shows throughout Massachusetts. This year, Feeney will be responsible for fireworks in Acton on July 1st, Haverhill on July 3rd and Wakefield on July 4th.
Paul Feeney is a little surprised to be a candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate.
It’s not that the Boston Local 2222 member isn’t enthusiastic – he is, incredibly so – but running for state office this year wasn’t part of the plan.
In July of last year, Feeney, 39, stood on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to second the nomination of Vermont senator and erstwhile presidential contender Bernie Sanders, and to urge the liberal icon’s exuberant supporters to unite behind the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Months prior, he’d walked the picket lines with his IBEW brothers and sisters working at Verizon, who were striking for fair wages and better treatment. And before that, he’d been on leave, running Sanders’ presidential campaign in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Having gone back to his day job as a central office technician at Verizon, 2017 was supposed to be a return to normal.Read more
CANTON, Mass., May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses and health care professionals, announces its endorsement and strong support for Paul Feeney, Democratic candidate for the Bristol and Norfolk State Senate Seat.
"Paul Feeney truly understands and supports registered nurses and front-line health care professionals," said MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, who works as an obstetrical and neonatal nurse at Cambridge Hospital. "As a union leader and a former Foxborough selectman and campaign official for Senator Bernie Sanders, Feeney is a progressive force who stands up for workers and the interests of all Massachusetts citizens. He will fight alongside the MNA on Beacon Hill to make sure our laws enable nurses to provide safe and effective care to every patient."Read more