Indivisible Mass Coalition Endorses Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of State

August 22, 2022Members of the Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Tanisha Sullivan in the September 6 Democratic primary for Secretary of State.

“Tanisha Sullivan is aligned with Indivisible’s values of working to promote democracy and justice for everyone – not just those who are well off or privileged,” said IMC Chairperson Deb Paul in announcing the endorsement. “Tanisha is a lawyer with 20 years of practice. Most importantly, she has strong experience as a civil rights leader and a track record of delivering for the most vulnerable in our Massachusetts communities.

“She is running to be the Chief Democracy Officer,” Paul added. “To her this means removing all barriers to the ballot box and increasing trust in government among communities that say voting doesn’t help them because nobody cares about their needs.”
Paul noted that IMC members believe it’s time for a new Secretary of State with bold leadership and the tenacity to reinforce democratic values – qualities that Sullivan embodies.
“She will take the lead in bringing same-day voter registration to our state and ensure secure and fair elections – no matter what new challenges we may face in the future,” Paul said. “She will do what is necessary to keep insurrectionists off the ballot in Massachusetts.”

The IMC Coordinating Board received requests from several of the state’s Indivisible groups to endorse Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of State. Examples of the reasons groups gave for supporting an IMC endorsement for Tanisha Sullivan include:
Indivisible Acton Area – the Steering Committee stated, “Tanisha Sullivan has the sorely needed vision to transform the office of the Secretary of State into the advocate and protector of democracy the Commonwealth needs.”

Indivisible Northampton – Swing Left Western Massachusetts – Beth Lev, Leader of this group said, “Tanisha Sullivan is knowledgeable about the issues and has concrete solutions to fix the many inequities impeding democracy here in MA.” 

Indivisible Martha’s Vineyard leader, Carla Cooper said, “We have been watching our current Secretary, William Galvin, thwart and insult the efforts of statewide organizations like Common Cause and MASS Voter Table to institute changes to MA election laws that would increase voter registration and voter participation. Secretary Galvin came late to the table on vote-by-mail and same-day voter registration. We believe Ms. Sullivan will bring experience and knowledge to the office that will bring MA elections into the 21st Century. It’s time for a change!” IMC will work with Indivisible groups around the Commonwealth to educate voters and get out the vote in the September primary.

Indivisible Mass Coalition (IMC) is the statewide organization of volunteers who support the work of more than 50 Indivisible groups and their allies across Massachusetts working to improve democracy and support policies and legislation that improve equity and justice for everyone and eliminate institutional racism. IMC helps to build, support, and amplify the network of Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts to promote and support a participatory democracy. IMC is committed to ensuring that people are informed, organized, motivated and have the necessary tools to engage in our democracy. IMC coordinates with Indivisible National to work on our shared goals for democracy in our country.

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About Tanisha Sullivan

Tanisha is an attorney, former Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools and President of the NAACP Boston, who has led a career dedicated to service—from working in community and across the ideological spectrum to deliver on civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice, to decades as a practicing lawyer in corporate firms and life science companies. A Brockton native, she’s running for Massachusetts Secretary of State because it’s time to realize the full potential of this office in the fight to protect voting rights, increase government transparency and accessibility, engage the electorate, and build a stronger, more vibrant democracy for all. Tanisha recently earned the MassDems endorsement (62% of delegates) at the state convention, which determined candidates for statewide office who will be on the ballot for the Sept. 6 primary.

Learn more about Tanisha and her campaign at and @Tanisha4MA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.