My name is Justin Klekota, your neighbor in Somerville, co-author of the Green New Deal for Massachusetts Now endorsed by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and your newly-elected Democratic State Committeeman representing the Second Middlesex District covering Somerville, Medford, Cambridge, and Winchester. I’m committed to fighting for legislation to create economic opportunity for all and to combat the climate crisis at this critical time in history. Nature has given us an unforgiving deadline to reduce our fossil fuel emissions by over 50% in ten years and to carbon neutral by 2050, and this is only possible if we take action now.
Over the past twenty years, I’ve lived in the Second Middlesex District as a renter, a proud homeowner, a Democratic activist, and Chair of the Democratic Party in Somerville Ward 7: I’ve helped elect dozens of our current and former Democratic officials including Sen. Warren, Sen. Markey, Gov. Patrick, State Sen. Jehlen, State Rep. Barber, and State Rep. Provost and helped transform our politics to be more inclusive and progressive.
Originally from Ohio, I grew up in a blue collar community next to an affordable housing development and moved to Massachusetts seeking education and economic opportunity. As a grandson of a farmer and a union steel worker and son of parents who were the first in their families to go to college, I understand the importance of affordable education and lifelong job opportunities to sustain families and our economy. Since completing my doctorate at Harvard, I have committed myself to medical research and preventing disease through cutting-edge research into treatments for breast and gynecologic cancer and life-saving vaccines to protect the elderly, children, and vulnerable populations.
My commitment to patients is matched by my commitment to our community, and I’m proud to have helped transform the politics of our district over these past twenty years so that we are well-represented by progressive Democrats who value equal opportunity, same-sex marriage equality, and a woman’s right to choose. My sacrifices in the fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts lobbying our elected officials and electing pro-equality legislators taught me the power of grassroots organizing to change the hearts and minds of voters at a time when the future of marriage equality was uncertain. We witnessed the powerful example Massachusetts can set for the rest of the country by taking action here that inspires other states to take action too; as a member of the Democratic State Committee, I intend to apply this same grassroots approach to organize our community and work with other State Committee members across the Commonwealth to lobby our legislators and mobilize voters to pass critical legislation to combat our climate crisis, but I need your support to make that happen.
Passing Massachusetts House Bill 3983, An Act to Create A 2050 Roadmap to A Clean and Thriving Commonwealth, is the first step towards creating a future free of climate crisis. Please contact your state legislators to let them know you support House Bill 3983, the first Green New Deal bill for Massachusetts:
Sen. Pat Jehlen (Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov),
Rep. Christine Barber (Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Denise Provost (Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Sean Garballey (Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Mike Connolly (Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Paul Donato (Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Marjorie Decker (Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Michael S. Day (Michael.Day@mahouse.gov),
Rep. John Hecht (Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov),
Rep. Dave Rogers (Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov)
I invite you to join my campaign and help change the course of history to combat our climate crisis. Please contact me, Justin Klekota, at email@example.com to learn more.