District 43 hopeful Lopez receives backing of NOW, RI Working Families

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Candidate for House District 43 Melinda Lopez earned endorsements this past week from the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization of Women, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence and Rhode Island Working Families.

The formal endorsement from RIWF says Lopez is a “longtime educator committed to ensuring that all students and families have a fair shot.”

“Now more than ever, Rhode Island needs bold elected leadership who will organize alongside us for strong public schools, healthcare for all, jobs that pay a living wage, and a sustainable energy future,” reads the RIWF website’s message on backing progressive leaders. “The RI Working Families Party is committed to electing this more progressive General Assembly in 2020, 2022 and beyond.”

Lopez announced the endorsement from NOW’s Rhode Island chapter on Twitter last Friday morning.

As for RICAGV, the group issued a press release issuing endorsements in races all over the state. Lopez, however, was the only candidate endorsed for any Johnston seat in either the House or Senate.

“As we have seen in the recent November 2019 elections in Virginia, gun safety is a top issue for voters and voters decided, by large margins, on candidates based on their position on gun issues,” the release reads. “This issue topped jobs and the economy, and health care. We know that Rhode Islanders overwhelmingly support gun safety issues and we want to continue to support our champions in both the house and senate on these issues.”

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