March 28, 2022 — Today, Tanisha Sullivan announced that her campaign for Secretary of State has received the support of UNITE HERE Local 26, which represents hospitality workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“Our next Secretary of State has a vital role to play in ensuring that every worker has a voice in our democracy, in protecting and expanding voting rights, and in ensuring that worker’s rights, including access to benefits and safe working conditions, are a priority,” said Sullivan. “I’m so grateful to Local 26 for their support and belief in this campaign. I look forward to continuing to work alongside labor to strengthen the rights and opportunities afforded to all workers and their families.”
“Tanisha Sullivan has been a leader, an advocate and a friend to Local 26 for years. She knows what we need to do to expand voting rights and she knows how to do it. We are honored to endorse her candidacy for Massachusetts Secretary of State,” said Carlos Aramayo, President, UNITE HERE Local 26.
UNITE HERE Local 26 represents around 12,000 hospitality workers across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including workers at hotels, restaurants, and university dining halls, as well as at the Boston Convention Centers, Fenway Park, and Logan International Airport.
Today’s announcement comes less than a week after Sullivan announced the support of several leading elected officials in Boston, including State Representative Russell Holmes, State Representative Nika Elugardo, State Representative Liz Miranda, Boston City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia, Boston City Councilor At-Large Ruthzee Louijeune, District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, District 6 City Councilor Kendra Lara, and District 7 City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson. In February, Sullivan was endorsed by 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.