Office Seeking: U.S. House, Massachusetts 9th District
Primary Election Date: September 14
Why We Like Him: Mac is running for Congress to be an advocate for those who too often lack a voice in Washington amid the chorus of special interests. He has spent his career fighting for working families and knows that we need allies in Congress who are standing with us and fighting for us. As a Congressman, he will work to revive the economy and create good jobs by maintaining economic stimulus in the face of growing pressure to reduce the deficit. He also knows we must reform the education system, including No Child Left Behind, while also making a substantive difference in protecting our environment.
Candidate Quote: “Across the United States, Americans are experiencing the greatest hardship and the worst economic conditions in generations. This didn’t just happen – it was brought on by excessive tax cuts for the wealthy, a costly war in the Middle East, and a culture in Washington that has allowed giant corporations and banks and Wall Street lobbyists to control the agenda. I’m going to fight to ensure we create good-paying jobs in our communities, keep families that are at risk of foreclosure in their homes, make sure all our kids get a quality public education – one that equips them to succeed in the 21st century and closes the achievement gap. And I’m going to fight to make health insurance affordable for our families and small businesses. That begins with defending and improving the historic health care reform bill that passed this March.”
Mac D’Alessandro learned his values at an early age from his family, and he has carried those principles with him through a life dedicated to helping his community and working families. Adopted by white parents and raised in a black neighborhood in Chicago, Mac learned at an early age the struggles that different communities in our country face but also how to bring people together to address our shared concerns.
Mac says it was his father, Frank, who instilled in him the importance of standing up for what is right and defending his beliefs.
“I can still remember my father chasing a would-be mugger halfway down the street – even though moments before he was just being my Dad, teaching me to skate.”
His mother’s passion for progressive politics led to Mac’s early involvement when, as a twelve-year-old, he volunteered with his parents on the campaign to replace the Richard Daley machine with Harold Washington, the first black Mayor of Chicago and a renowned organizer.
Mac has spent his entire career fighting on behalf of working families. As Program Consultant for Surdna, a national foundation, he helped organizations acquire critical funding to promote environmental justice and sustainable development. As Legislative Director for Greater Boston Legal Services, he made sure low-income workers had the job training and support they needed to succeed. As New England Political Director for the Services Employees International Union, he fought to protect hospital patients, vulnerable seniors and healthcare workers.
Mac is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and Environmental Policy and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.
A long-time Massachusetts resident, Mac is married to Jennie Mulqueen, an early childhood arts educator, and is the proud father of five-year-old Sophie and three-year-old Atticus. They make their home in Milton, where both Jennie and Mac teach Sunday School and Sophie will be attending public school this fall.
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