Mass. candidates forum eyes Dems’ fiery U.S. Senate fight

TOM McKEEVER

TOM McKEEVER

Sparks are already flying in the Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate — and that’s just between the two front-runners.

Now, Local 888 is co-sponsoring an SEIU candidates forum, where members can learn all about the issues and grill the U.S. Senate rivals. The event is set for 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 26.

“We need labor-friendly advocates in the Senate who are willing to fight for our issues,” said Local 888 Secretary-Treasurer Tom McKeever. “Members should come to hear from the candidates — and ask them tough questions, too.”

The forum will feature a round-robin setup. That means SEIU members — and the four candidates — will be split up into four separate rooms, allowing for more informal conversations.

The candidates in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary: U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton, a human resources executive.

The forum will feature a round-robin setup. That means SEIU members — and the four candidates — will be split up into four separate rooms, allowing for more informal conversations.

The candidates in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary:

  • S. Sen Ed Markey, who served as the U.S. representative for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District before winning the special election vote to the Senate in 2013.
  • S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, who served as a Massachusetts assistant district attorney before his election victory in the state’s 4th Congressional District in 2012.
  • Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer who has won class-action suits for workers against major companies, including ride-hailing giant Uber.
  • Steve Pemberton, a human resources executive who has written a memoir on growing up as an unwanted foster child.

SEIU’s U.S. Senate Candidates Forum is set for Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsors include the SEIU State Council along with Locals 509, 32BJ, 1199 UHE, 888, 1957CIR, and 3FO. The event will be at the 1199 UHE Headquarters, 108 Myrtle St., Quincy.

For more info, call 617-241-3300. Other details:

  • Lunch served after the forum.
  • Buses will pick up Local 888 members in Springfield, Worcester and Lawrence.

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