Mayors of Cambridge and Somerville Endorse Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of State

April 26, 2022 — Today, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui of Cambridge and Mayor Katjana Ballantyne of Somerville announced their support for Tanisha Sullivan in her race for Secretary of State. 

“Mayor Siddiqui and Mayor Ballantyne have been at the forefront of efforts to make Cambridge and Somerville more equitable, more inclusive, and more vibrant,” said Sullivan. “I’m proud to have them with us in this campaign, and look forward to working alongside them as an engaged, proactive partner in the Secretary of State’s office, to bring more people into our democracy, ensure transparency and accountability, and expand economic opportunity for residents in Cambridge, Somerville, and beyond.” 

“I’ve known Tanisha for years, and have seen firsthand her courage and commitment as an attorney, an advocate, and a civil rights champion,” said Mayor Siddiqui. “Tanisha embodies the kind of leadership we need in the Secretary of State’s office, and I know she’ll work tirelessly to build a stronger, more inclusive democracy that will benefit all Cambridge residents.” 

“As an immigrant, my own lived experience provides a window into the challenges many of our friends and neighbors face when it comes to fully engaging in our democracy,” said Mayor Ballantyne. “I believe we all deserve a Secretary of State who works proactively to expand opportunity and create new pathways to participation for every person in our communities, and I’m proud to endorse Tanisha’s campaign.” 

This new support builds on a growing wave of endorsements for Sullivan’s campaign, including elected leaders across the state, labor unions, progressive organizations, and national groups. So far, Sullivan has also been endorsed by nearly two dozen elected officials in Boston, Springfield, and Holyoke, as well as Collective PAC, UNITE HERE Local 26, Progressive Massachusetts, and national democracy advocate and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Danielle Allen.

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.

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