Endorsements

Organizations:

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"Donna is a uniquely qualified prosecutor who will build the preeminent progressive prosecutor’s office in the country, leading on criminal justice reform to create transformative, lasting change through her support for immigrants’ rights in sanctuary cities, commitment to treating mental health and substance abuse as a public health issues, and implementing an innovative data-collection program on the equitable use of bail recommendations and plea negotiations."

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Elected Officials & Policymakers: 

 
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Scott Harshbarger, Former Middlesex District Attorney & Massachusetts Attorney General 

"Donna's record as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney demonstrates her commitment to fair and equal justice, the rule of law, and the independent, professional, and ethical exercise of prosecutorial discretion. If Donna’s message can be heard, I believe that she can win. At the end of the day this is about the quality of justice in Middlesex county. We need to make a difference and Donna Patalano is that difference.

 
 

Stephanie Hirsch, Somerville Alderman At-Large

"Donna was in my Emerge candidate training program for women, and I have been so impressed with both her personal convictions and her exceptional professional expertise. That combination of values and experience is what we need to run and reform a very complex and high-impact organization. I hope Donna will have an opportunity to do the very hard work of putting her ideas into action to make a difference and make Middlesex County a model for the country on the toughest of community and governance challenges."

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Will Mbah, Somerville Alderman At-Large 

"I am endorsing Donna because she is willing to lead on issues of criminal justice reform, and will not shy away from the hard fact that racial and economic disparities plague our legal system and are contributing to mass incarceration. We need a progressive, modern vision for policy in the Middlesex DA's office, and Donna is the right person for the job. I urge you to support her on September 4th!" 


 

 
 

Matt McLaughlin, Somerville Ward 1 Alderman

"America needs DA's like Donna who believe not just in law enforcement, but social justice as well. Donna will deliver a justice system that works for everyone." 

 

 

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Ben Ewen-Campen, Somerville Ward 3 Alderman

"I’m endorsing Donna because she’s a champion of progressive criminal justice reforms and will bring a new vision of change to Middlesex County DA’s office. With her diverse background as a prosecutor and a defense attorney as well as her commitment to fighting for marginalized communities, Donna is the right choice on September 4th to build a District Attorney’s office which shares the values of our community. 

 

J.T. Scott, Somerville Ward 2 Alderman 

"I am endorsing Attorney Patalano because I am hopeful that she will provide new direction for the Middlesex DA's office. We need real commitment from the DA to end the racial and economic disparities that are inherent in our criminal justice system. Donna's experience as a defense attorney, paired with her work to build a culture of professional ethics and integrity at the Suffolk DA's office has prepared her to address these disparities. I believe Donna will lead on systemic reforms that will both make us safer and bring better outcomes to our communities when she is elected on September 4th."

 
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Jesse Clingan, Ward 4 Alderman

"As someone who has worked to address the devastating effects that addiction has had on our society, I know the important role our DAs play.  I’m endorsing Donna because she’s a champion of progressive criminal justice reforms and will bring a new vision of change to Middlesex County DA’s office. With her diverse background as a prosecutor and a defense attorney as well as her commitment to fighting for marginalized communities, Donna is the right choice on September 4th to build a District Attorney’s office which shares the values of our community." 

 
 

Mark Niedergang, Somerville Ward 5 Alderman

"I’m endorsing Donna because she will be an activist as DA and will champion progressive criminal justice reforms in the Middlesex County DA’s office.  Donna understands how our criminal justice system has harmed many people whose "crimes," such as possession of marijuana, have been victimless and did not deserve a jail sentence.  She has a sense of mission to reform the criminal justice system and compassion, but she will also be tough on real criminals.  Donna has been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney and she is committed to making changes in the criminal justice system so that it is fair for people of color and other marginalized communities.  I urge you to vote for Donna in the Democratic Primary on September 4th so she has the opportunity to reform the District Attorney’s office so that it promotes the values of our community." 

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Andre Green, Somerville School Committee Member

"I'm proud to support Donna for DA because she gets that purpose of our legal system is not the pursuit of punishments, but the pursuit of justice. As DA, I trust her to be the partner we need to end the school-to-prison pipeline and build a criminal justice system that works for all, not just the privileged."

 

 
 

Mehreen Butt, Wakefield Town Councilor

"I’m endorsing Donna because she’s dedicated to progressive criminal justice reforms and will bring a new vision of change to the Middlesex County DA’s office. With her diverse background as a prosecutor, a defense attorney and a champion for marginalized communities, Donna is the right choice on September 4th to build a District Attorney’s office which shares the values of our community. "

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Robert Logan, Waltham City Council Vice President

"I’m endorsing Donna because she is committed to bringing a new vision of change to the Middlesex County DA’s office. Having worked on both sides of the courtroom as a prosecutor and defense attorney, Donna has the experience to fight for fairness and equity for everyone in our criminal justice system. On September 4th, Donna will be the right choice to create a District Attorney’s office dedicated to justice with integrity."