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Working Families Party Endorses Francia Wisnewski for 1st Franklin State Rep
The national Working Families Party has endorsed Francia Wisnewski for State Representative in the 1st Franklin District. “Francia has been fighting for social, racial, and economic justice in Western Massachusetts for a long time. We know she will continue to walk the walk on Beacon Hill. We are proud to support her,” said Georgia Hollister Isman, the WFP’s New England Political Director.
The Working Families Party is a national political organization that is recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The WFP is working in more than 1,000 races this year, large and small, in an effort to elect more progressive leaders and end Republican control of Congress and in state legislatures.
Other WFP-supported candidates include Randy Bryce, the union ironworker and WFP member challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia, and Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress in New York, as well as many more state legislative and local races around the nation. In Western Massachusetts, the WFP has also endorsed Lindsay Sabadosa in the 1st Hampshire and Marie McCourt in the 2nd Hampshire State Representative races. In 2017, the Working Families Party backed 1036 candidates across 23 states, and won nearly two-thirds of its races, including some of the most high-profile progressive victories of the year (for example, Larry Krasner, District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pa., and LaToya Cantrell, the first woman Mayor of New Orleans, La.).
Wisnewski is an educator specializing in early intervention and literacy, and is the current Chair of the Hampshire/Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and an elected member of the Montague Town Meeting. She also serves on the boards of Leadership Pioneer Valley and the Shea Theater. She lives in Montague, where she and her husband co-own the Rendezvous restaurant. Before moving to Montague, she served two terms on the Greenfield School Committee, including a term as Vice-Chair, and served as a state Democratic delegate. She is a graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts program. Wisnewski has also been endorsed by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR), former State Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange, and Maria’s List, a Boston-based organization focused on elevating progressive candidates who promote equity and accountable government across Massachusetts and the United States.