Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry Endorses Diana Hwang for State Senate


Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry Endorses Diana Hwang for State Senate

Boston, MA (January 19, 2016) – Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry today endorsed Democrat Diana Hwang for State Senate.  Hwang, a local non-profit founder and former State House staffer, is a candidate to replace Anthony Petruccelli in the Democratic primary special election for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District.  

“We need leaders in the State Senate who will work to ensure that everyone has a voice in government and has access to critical services that can help them and their families get ahead; Diana Hwang is one of those leaders,” said Senator Forry.  “For 10 years she has worked the halls of power — from the State House, to City Hall, to major boards and commissions — to change government to include those who are often left behind. I couldn’t be more proud to endorse Diana Hwang for State Senate.”

“Like me, Diana is the child of immigrants who came to this country to build a better life and ensure that their children had opportunities that they didn’t have growing up,” Forry continued.  They struggled as many immigrants do – and that experience shaped Diana’s core values, her passion, her commitment and connects her to the struggles so many in our communities face. Diana has been and will be a fearless advocate for women, immigrants and working families.  She is exactly the kind of leader that can bridge the communities of the First Suffolk and Middlesex district and will hit the ground running.”

Forry, the State Senator from the neighboring First Suffolk District, has served in the state legislature since 2005 and has been a trail-blazer in Massachusetts, breaking political barriers and building bridges across many of Boston’s diverse communities. 

“I couldn’t be more honored to be endorsed by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry,” Hwang declared.  “Senator Forry has been a great mentor to me and so many other women in our state and her passion for serving on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth is unmatched.  Her leadership on issues like immigrants’ rights, neighborhood development and vitality as well as constituent services are all critical to this district.  Her ability to build relationships and work collaboratively has been an inspiration to me.”

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Diana Hwang is the founder of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative – the country’s first political leadership organization for young Asian-American women.  She previously served as a legislative aide in the State House and a Chief of Staff in the Boston City Council.  Diana serves as Board member of the UMass Center for Women in Politics, served as co-chair of the Boston Women’s Fund and is a founding member of Mayor Walsh’s Women’s Commission.  Diana currently lives in East Boston and previously lived in Revere.

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