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Madeline Ranalli Receives Endorsement From Jesse Mermell


January 15 (Newton, Ma) - Former advisor to Governor Deval Patrick and candidate for Congress in the Massachusetts 4th district Jesse Mermell has endorsed progressive leader Madeline Ranalli for the Newton City Council Ward 1 At-Large seat.


Mermell has proven herself to be a steadfast advocate for affordable housing, climate justice, and accessible transportation in Massachusetts. Mermell endorsed Ranalli because she knows Ranalli is deeply committed to furthering these priorities on the Newton City Council.


“These times call for leadership like Madeline's. Watching her thoughtfully and effectively organize for racial justice last year was inspiring,” Mermell said. “She will bring that experience and passion to City Hall as a tireless champion for building an equitable Newton.” 


Mermell and Ranalli share many experiences, like running for local office as a young candidate, and for their lifelong advocacy for progressive values. Ranalli stated that she was honored to receive the endorsement.

“Jesse is an experienced activist and leader who has worked hard for the progressive values that we share,” Ranalli said. “I’m thankful for her support and am so excited to continue advocating for our shared vision for Newton’s future.” 


Mermell also endorsed Bryan Barash, who is running for the Ward 2 Newton City Council At-Large Seat. Ranalli and Barash have both received a number of endorsements from local leaders including City Council President Susan Albright, Ward 1 Councilor Maria Scibelli Greenberg, and Ward 1 Councilor-At-Large Alison Leary. A full list of Ranalli’s endorsements can be found on her website.


Ranalli announced her candidacy for Newton City Council in November ahead of the March 16 special election to fill the Ward 1 At-Large Seat. She has since established herself on the campaign trail, hosting virtual events and releasing pages of progressive policy on her website