For governor: Deval Patrick

By EDITORIAL  |  September 15, 2006

For State Senate: Sonia Chang-Díaz
Since State Senator Diane Wilkerson doesn’t have the good grace or common sense to retire from public life, it looks like the voters are going to have to do it for her. And that’s a shame. On paper, Wilkerson looks great. Over the years she’s done good work on a host of important, progressive issues. But Diane Wilkerson is a disaster waiting to happen, as her most recent troubles over campaign finances and ballot signatures painfully testify. If Wilkerson can’t manage her own business, how can she manage the public’s? At what point does forgiveness and understanding become enabling? We’re sorry to say that that time is now.

The Phoenix is proud to endorse Sonia Chang-Díaz, who is bright and progressive, and will bring much-needed fresh energy to the state Senate. Just as important, and perhaps even more so, Chang-Díaz will reward her constituents, who have for too long been taken for granted, with her undivided attention. Chang-Díaz, a former senior legislative aide to Cheryl Jacques and Mass Equality organizer, will maintain the Second Suffolk seat’s commitment to same-sex marriage. She is a solid supporter of reproductive rights and believes that our state government needs to do more on the special urban needs of education, safety, housing, and environment so badly neglected during the past four years of Romney’s reign. Just 28 years old, she could join new city councilor Sam Yoon in ushering in a new generation of Boston political leaders.

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