McLaughlin picks up UFCW 1445 nod, rep race tight

UFCW Local 1445 members Matt Farrell and Walker Barnes carry signs alongside candidate Mike McLaughlin in downtown Everett Monday as he campaigns for state representative. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Mail in ballots might make the difference


Councilor Mike McLaughlin, hoping to become Massachusetts State Representative Michael McLaughlin has been pulling out all the stops since his effort to defeat the incumbent rep in the September 1 primary.

On Monday afternoon in Everett Square, McLaughlin drew a large crowd of sign holding supporters led by members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union 1445, who represents, among others the employees of Stop and Shop.

Several councilors and city officials attended the visibility cum endorsement campaign stop.

“All the UFCW 1445 members have been on the front line of the virus and never stopped working their jobs at Stop and Shop during the darkest days of the pandemic,” McLaughlin told the Leader Herald.

“I am proud and pleased to accept their endorsement. They aren’t just grocery store employees. They are modern day American heroes,” he added.

The Leader Herald endorsed McLaughlin in this week’s edition.

“Mike is the real thing. I’ve followed him and been with him since he was kid. He’s a real success story and an effective councilor. He’ll make an especially good voice for the city on Beacon Hill,” said Councilor at Large Mike Marchese.

“I urge everyone to cast a vote for him. Mail it in or fill out a ballot for the September 1 primary. Mike McLaughlin deserves our support. He’s earned it,” Marchese added.

Marchese, like so many others, held a McLaughlin sign and waved to traffic as it passed by under a hot sun in Everett Square.

McLaughlin has been especially attentive to the needs of those shut in by the virus.

He has reached out to several thousand Everett voters who are mailing in their ballots.

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