State Rep candidate would be “a vital LGBTQ voice”

STURBRIDGE —Tanya Neslusan, candidate for State Representative in the 1st Hampden District, has been endorsed by the Bay State Stonewall Democrats and the LGBTQ Victory Fund.  This is her third endorsement by an LGBTQ organization and her fifteenth endorsement overall.

“Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Tanya Neslusan for State Representative,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker in a press release. “Tanya’s commitment to smart public policy that addresses the real concerns of constituents makes her the best candidate for the 1st Hampden District. When she wins in November, Tanya will become a vital LGBTQ voice.”

Neslusan said she is an advocate for economic growth, public transportation, first-rate education, and high-quality affordable health care. Her campaign is focusing on the need for new leadership in the State House that can get things done for working families in Central Massachusetts. She said her priorities include investing in public schools and universities, quality, affordable health care & combating the opioid epidemic, fostering a business-friendly environment, infrastructure improvements, including the East West Rail, and strengthening organized labor, economic and social equality.

Neslusan holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and has spent most of her career working in health insurance information technology. Neslusan, the daughter, sister and wife of veterans, has worked on several political campaigns and been a social justice activist for over 20 years. She grew up in Wales and now lives in Sturbridge with her wife, Rebecca, and her teenage son, Nick. She is running this November to represent the 1st Hampden District (Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Sturbridge, Wales, Ware, and Warren) in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and, if elected, would be the only lesbian woman of color in the history of the Massachusetts Legislature.

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