Candidate for state representative Gerly Adrien is committing to donate half her the position’s salary to Everett if she’s elected. The move comes during the final week of campaigning before Tuesday’s election. It also is a reminder to voters that incumbent state Rep. Joe McGonagle voted to give himself a pay raise than voted to override Gov. Baker’s veto of the measure.
It’s always a dicey prospect for sitting legislators to vote themselves a pay raise. It’s even more so if the governor vetoes the self-raise but the legislature overrides it and puts it in place anyway. That’s the spot state Rep. Joe McGonagle is in now.
Adrien said donating half her salary to Everett to show that the role is not about the money or title, but about improving and helping Everett as a whole. “I am proud of the campaign Everett has brought together over the past seven months for me. From elderly to infants, it is inspiring as a movement together to see what we can do. I love Everett. It is my goal to make our district a more affordable, vibrant, and equitable place to live. On this campaign and as state representative, I will always be here for you. This is my home and would be honored if you would vote for me on Tuesday, September 4,” she said.
Adrien says she believes that a government that is transparent, responsive, and engaging will best serve its people. Adrien has received the support from SEIU 32BJ, Massachusetts Women for Political Caucus, Massachusetts National Organization of Women, Run for Something, Former State Representative and LT Governor Candidate Marie St. Fleur, Maria’s List, Barbara Lee, Progressive Massachusetts, and many educators. The Democratic primary election date is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.