Connor Degan, Democratic candidate for Massachusetts State Representative, 8th Middlesex District, has been formally endorsed by the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.
“This endorsement by the Young Democrats of Massachusetts is particularly gratifying for me, as an advocate of youth participation in our government and voting, and as a young person trying to make our world a better place. I believe that engaging and informing the next generation of voters is vital to the strength of our communities and our Commonwealth. These individuals are the future of our democracy and will ultimately inherit the goals we set out on now and continue to serve as our champions of progress,” said Degan.
Degan continues to work locally with students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. He has organized mock elections to educate students on the voting process in ways that they see real change in their schools and has worked with middle school teachers to develop a curriculum for civics education. He has coordinated with high school staff, teachers, and students to host voter registration and information sessions at least once per year before the pandemic’s restrictions as well as doing so in conjunction with a student walkout in protest of gun violence following the tragic Parkland High shooting to make sure students were ready to make their voices heard and take action at the ballot box.
“Since the 2018 mid-term elections, we saw an extraordinary uptick in youth political participation. I am confident that we can continue to improve upon the age disparity in our election process. By educating and involving young people in the process, we continue to make young voices heard in our elections and we need to continue to encourage future generations of voters,” said Degan.
“We have an opportunity and an obligation to reach out to these future voters well before they reach 18 and continue to empower them once they are able to vote. Young voters have the ability to impact our democracy and make meaningful reform that will leave us all stronger for it,” said Degan. He believes that by empowering this next generation and helping them to learn about civics, government, and voting, they will be readied to serve as advocates for change in our communities, our Commonwealth, and beyond.
“We need to provide the necessary information so that this generation of voters is empowered to make an informed decision. I look forward to partnering with the Young Democrats of Massachusetts to continue to improve transparency, educate voters, and encourage participation so that we can develop an electorate that is fully informed and truly representative of those that live there,” said Degan.
Degan looks forward to bringing his strong municipal and extensive civic engagement experience to Beacon Hill to advocate for the needs of constituents in the 8th Middlesex District communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, precincts 2 & 3 of Millis, and Sherborn (new to the 8th Middlesex District for 2023 that has been served by Representative David Linsky). The Massachusetts State Primary is on September 6th and Degan is running to replace the seat vacated by former Representative Carolyn Dykema.
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