From the bottom of my heart: thank you!

When the votes were done being tallied Tuesday night, I was honored that voters chose to trust me with the Democratic nomination to represent the First Suffolk district in the State Senate.

But, I could not have gotten my message out to the voters of our district without your support. Every minute you volunteered, every dollar you contributed, every action you took to build our incredible grassroots campaign was critical to our success.

Take a moment to recognize the great work that you did and check out the national post-election interview I gave on Dorchester-native Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC.

Like I’ve said from the beginning, I’m in this race for you, your family, and every resident from South Boston to Hyde Park, and Dorchester to Mattapan. Continue Reading…

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logo-bgThe Boston Globe today endorsed Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s candidacy for State Senate, calling her a “formidable advocate” who should be “first in line for the Senate seat.”

“State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester has been an effective lawmaker for eight years, with special expertise on job creation and community development. As a Haitian-American who married into a prominent Irish-American family, she moves easily across the district’s ethnic neighborhoods. More importantly, she has served as a bridge when necessary. Dorcena Forry, 39, stepped in when a new assignment plan for the Boston schools threatened to break down along racial lines. She played a similar role in brokering a fair agreement between temporary workers and business owners.

“Dorcena Forry respects the role of unions but is willing to set limits for the public good..[She] led a recent successful effort in the House to increase the salaries of early childhood workers. The ability to attract more and better talent to that field has huge implications for the future of the district. A mother of four, Dorcena Forry can be trusted to keep education at the forefront of the Legislature’s agenda.

“In such a situation, experience can be a decisive factor, and on that score Dorcena Forry, with more than twice the number of years in elected office than [her opponent], should be first in line for the Senate seat. She would be a formidable advocate for the entire district.”

The Globe is the latest in a strong of newspaper endorsements for Rep. Forry. Continue Reading…

My family and I are devastated by yesterday’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, which claimed the life of our young friend and neighbor, Martin Richard, and left his mother and sister badly wounded.

As we all know, Bill and Denise Richard and their family have been at the center of civic life in our community for years and they are true pillars of our neighborhood.

Today, we will continue to put our focus on helping our community cope with the tremendous loss that has hit so close to home. I immediately suspended all campaign activity yesterday afternoon. We will continue to suspend our planned campaign schedule until further notice. I ask that everyone keep the Richard family and the other victims of this senseless attack in their thoughts and prayers.

The one thing I know about my neighborhood and my city is that we are a strong community who will be there for each other and come together to endure.

Fellow elected officials rally around Linda Dorcena Forry: (from left) Rep. Russell Holmes, Rep. Carlos Henriquez, Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Rep. Liz Malia, City Councillor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Linda Forry, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, City Councillor Tito Jackson, City Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo, State Rep. Byron Rushing.

Fellow elected officials rally around Linda Dorcena Forry: (from left) Rep. Russell Holmes, Rep. Carlos Henriquez, Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Rep. Liz Malia, City Councillor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Linda Forry, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, City Councillor Tito Jackson, City Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo, State Rep. Byron Rushing.

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry was joined by a dozen elected officials from Boston who have endorsed her candidacy for State Senate last week outside the State House.

Among the elected officials who are supporting Rep. Forry’s candidacy are: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Michael Moran, Rep. Byron Rushing, Rep. Russell Holmes, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Rep. Liz Malia, Rep. Carlos Henriquez, Rep. Gloria Fox, Sheriff Steve Tompkins, City Councillor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, City Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo and City Councillor Tito Jackson.

“I am honored to have the support of my colleagues from both city and state government at my side,” said Rep. Forry, a fifth-term state lawmaker who is Chairman of the Committee on Community Development and Small Business. “They know first-hand the work I’ve done on Beacon Hill and in our communities to improve the quality of life for all Bostonians.”

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz — who represents the Second Suffolk district— said she is eager to have Rep. Forry join her in the Senate chamber this year. Sen. Chang-Diaz spent the day on Sunday knocking on doors in the First Suffolk district to ask voters to support Rep. Forry’s candidacy.

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Rep. Forry and Rep. Michael Moran

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Rep. Forry and Rep. Michael Moran

“Linda Dorcena Forry is one of the most effective and accomplished state lawmakers on Beacon Hill,” said State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. “She and I have partnered on several key pieces of legislation in the last few years, including the last session. She has been an outstanding state representative and she will be a great addition to the Senate chamber. I am excited to join her effort to win election to this seat.”

Rep. Michael Moran worked alongside Rep. Forry as chairman of the House Redistricting Committee in 2011-12.

“Linda Forry is one of the Legislature’s most effective legislators because she commands the respect and friendship of her colleagues,” said Rep. Moran. “We know that Linda is one of the hardest working and most dedicated people on Beacon Hill– and also one of the nicest people in government that you will ever meet. Linda cares about her constituents and never forgets why she’s up here. I think she will be an outstanding State Senator for those same reasons.”

Councillor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley has partnered with Rep. Forry on key issues across Boston and the Commonwealth.

“Linda Dorcena Forry gets things done,” said Councillor Pressley. “As the mother of four kids, she understands the pressures on working families in our city. She has never shied away from taking tough stands when she has to stand up for her constituents. But Linda is also a consummate bridge-builder who understands that we need to develop partnerships to bring about a better Boston. I cannot think of anyone better suited to represent the First Suffolk district in the State Senate.”

Councillor Tito Jackson said Rep. Forry’s roots in Boston make her the strongest candidate in the field.

“Linda was born and raised in Dorchester and she’s lived here for her entire life. She got her start in public service as a teenager, working to give young people a voice through the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. She’s been a leader throughout her life and now she is a seasoned, highly effective legislator who is ready to step into the State Senate today and represent everyone— South Boston, Mattapan, Hyde Park and her native Dorchester— on day one. I am proud to stand with her.”

Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo said that Rep. Forry’s experience in both city and state government over the last two decades makes her uniquely qualified to fill the now-vacant Senate seat.

“I am proud to join the effort to elect Linda as the next State Senator for the 1st Suffolk. She is an experienced legislator whose desire to serve comes from her commitment to community. She has always and will always put people first.”

Sheriff Steve Tompkins said that Rep. Forry is well regarded as someone who can tackle tough issues and build consensus.

“Rep. Forry moved up quickly into leadership positions in the Legislature, because her peers recognized that she has special skills in building consensus and finding solutions to difficult problems,” Sheriff Tompkins said. “As chair of the Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Linda didn’t wait for advocates to bring their ideas to state government. She led a statewide tour to go out to Main Streets all over the Commonwealth. She came back with real solutions, passed new laws to help small businesses create new jobs. This is real leadership. Linda Dorcena Forry will make a great State Senator and I’m proud to support her candidacy.”

Rep. Russell Holmes, who works alongside Rep. Forry in representing parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, said Rep. Forry is ready to lead the district right away.

Rep. Gloria Fox, right, with Rep. Forry

Rep. Gloria Fox, right, with Rep. Forry

“There will be no learning curve for Linda in representing our communities,” Rep. Holmes said. “Rep. Forry has spent years building a network of community leaders from all over her district and beyond. She hosts a monthly breakfast that convenes civic and business leaders from across the city to share ideas, meet with state and city officials and plan for the future. This is the kind of leadership that Linda will bring to this wider Senate district. This sort of approach to governing will help us build a better city and state.”

Rep. Forry, 39, is currently a fifth-term state legislator representing the 12th Suffolk district, which includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Milton. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005, Representative Forry has championed improvements to the state’s education system, job creation and business development efforts. Representative Forry has also remained committed to community development efforts across the state, access to high quality healthcare, housing affordability, effective public safety policies, growth of emerging technologies and preservation of the state’s precious natural resources.

She and her husband Bill Forry are parents to four children. They live in Dorchester Lower Mills.

(DORCHESTER) — Two of the region’s leading labor organizations have thrown their support behind State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s candidacy for State Senate in the First Suffolk District.

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East— the largest union of healthcare workers in Massachusetts, and also the fastest growing union in the state— endorsed Rep. Forry after a rigorous and member-driven interview and survey process. More than 47,000 workers in Massachusetts hospitals, nursing homes, and homecare programs are part of 1199SEIU, including nearly 2,500 in the First Suffolk District alone. 1199SEIU is part of the Service Employees International Union.

“Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry has been one of the most consistent and highly-effective voices on Beacon Hill for the issues that our members care about most,” said Veronica Turner, executive vice president of 1199SEIU, which is headquartered in Dorchester. “She’s delivered results for her district and our commonwealth for eight years and we know she will bring that same passion and commitment to working families to the State Senate. We enthusiastically endorse her candidacy in the April 30 Democratic primary.”

SEIU Local 509, which represents over 16,000 Human Service workers throughout Massachusetts, also endorsed Rep. Forry last week. Continue Reading…

Rep. Forry was joined by dozens of volunteers for a great standout in Mattapan Sq. on Saturday— one of nine different standouts that day throughout the district.

Rep. Forry was joined by dozens of volunteers for a great standout in Mattapan Sq. on Saturday— one of nine different standouts that day throughout the district.

Saturday March 9th
10:30am – 12pm
Phillips Old Colony House
780 William T Morrissey Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02122

Join Representative Linda Dorcena Forry for her State Senate Campaign Rally and Volunteer Kickoff, Saturday, March 9th at Phillips Old Colony House starting at 10:30 A.M.! Volunteers, supporters, and activists will all be coming together from across the First Suffolk District to begin organizing a new partnership for Boston. After some breakfast and lively conversation, supporters will join Rep. Forry out on the doors to talk to voters from South Boston down to Hyde Park, from Dorchester over to Mattapan. Come on out and start organizing your neighborhood for Rep. Forry!

 

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s campaign for State Senate is up and running on all cylinders and building big momentum with key endorsements in advance of a special primary election now set for Tuesday, April 30.

Rep. Forry greeted voters at Ashmont Station on Monday. She is flanked by volunteers Deirdre Havershaw, Craig Galvin and Chris Shannon of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which has endorsed Rep. Forry's candidacy for Senate.

Rep. Forry greeted voters at Ashmont Station on Monday. She is flanked by volunteers Deirdre Habershaw, Craig Galvin and Chris Shannon of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which has endorsed Rep. Forry’s candidacy for Senate.

In the last week, the five-term state lawmaker and her campaign team have opened a campaign headquarters, coordinated an aggressive, district-wide nomination signature drive, and conducted door-to-door canvass operations that deployed dozens of volunteers across the First Suffolk district.

Forry’s campaign scored a flurry of key endorsements this past week, including the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, MassEquality, and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters— which has joined Carpenters Local 67 in supporting Forry’s candidacy.

“We are off to a great start,” said Rep. Forry, who has served in the state Legislature since 2005. “These endorsements are a huge boost to our efforts. I am honored to have the support of these organizations, which contribute so much to the vibrant civic life in our communities.”

“We’re running a grassroots campaign,” Rep. Forry added. “Over the next two months I intend to meet as many of my future constituents as possible to let them know about my accomplishments in the Legislature and about my vision for our district moving forward. I am personally knocking doors, visiting businesses and greeting commuters outside of T stops. We are hitting events all over the First Suffolk district, from Mattapan Square to Broadway.”

Over the weekend, Rep. Forry attended more than a dozen district events, including three ward caucuses in South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester. She addressed the ward 6 and 7 Democratic committees at South Boston’s Curley Community Center before making it back to Dorchester in time to address the Ward 15 Democratic Committee. The Ward 15 committee voted to endorse Rep. Forry’s candidacy for Senate following their meeting.

Rep. Forry addressed a ward caucus at South Boston's Curley Community Center on Sat., Feb. 23.

Rep. Forry addressed a ward caucus at South Boston’s Curley Community Center on Sat., Feb. 23.

“Even though my current House district does not include Ward 15, I have built strong relationships across the city and I have worked hard to earn their support,” Rep. Forry said. “I am proud that the Democratic activists in Ward 15 are in my corner.”

Team Forry also got a big lift from two major organizations that endorsed her candidacy in recent days: MassEquality, the state’s leading advocacy organization for ensuring the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents more than 22,000 men and women across the region.

“We are thrilled to endorse Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry in this special election for State Senate,” stated Kara Suffredini, Executive Director of MassEquality. “She has been a champion for the civil rights for all people and an unwavering, powerful voice for the LGBTQ community throughout her career in the Legislature. Rep. Forry played a pivotal role in the debate to ensure that our hard-won rights remain secure in the Commonwealth. She will add an important new progressive voice to the State Senate.”

“Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry has been a tremendous ally in the State House for the Carpenters and for working families in Massachusetts,” said Chris Shannon of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “Linda has always been there for us when we’ve needed her. She understands the vital role that our hard-working members play in the local economy. She always has our back and we are proud to stand with her in this campaign for State Senate.”

In other campaign developments:

• Rep. Forry is now officially a candidate for State Senate, according to city and state election officials. Scores of volunteers collected well in excess of 700 signatures so far and the city of Boston certified more than the 300 required to make the ballot.

• The Forry for Senate campaign opened its headquarters last week at 100 Hallet Street— an office building in Neponset in the heart of the First Suffolk district. The office is located right next to the Keystone Apartments and Florian Hall— a key polling location. The office has ample room to conduct large volunteer trainings and phone banks, several of which have already been held in the space.

Scores of volunteers gathered more than 700 signatures to nominate Rep. Forry for State Senate over the last several days.

Scores of volunteers gathered more than 700 signatures to nominate Rep. Forry for State Senate over the last several days.

• The Forry campaign has been updating its growing base of volunteers on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook site has many photos of the candidate and her team at work: http://www.facebook.com/ldfforboston. The Forry campaign office can be reached by phone at 617-766-6149.

Rep. Forry is a native Bostonian who was born and raised in the First Suffolk district and has lived within the Senate seat’s boundaries her entire life— first as a youngster growing up in Uphams Corner and today as a mom and homeowner in Lower Mills. Elected in 2005, she is currently the House chairman of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and has been the architect of several key legislative achievements in recent years, including new laws aimed at reducing health care costs for small businesses, protecting temporary workers from unfair hiring practices and funding community-based projects aimed at stimulating new jobs across the state.

She and her husband Bill Forry are raising their four children in Dorchester. Linda is a graduate of St. Kevin Grammar School, Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School, and Boston College. She is presently a candidate for a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2013).