Social workers group endorses Miranda in 2nd Suffolk Senate race

The Massachusetts chapter and political arm of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) said Thursday they’re supporting state Rep. Liz Miranda’s bid to move to the state Senate.

“We are confident that Liz Miranda will bring her life experience and expertise to the State House, making her an effective and equity-minded leader for all people in the Second Suffolk district,” Alison Freeman, chair of the chapter, said in a statement.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the National Association of Social Workers, they too, understand the need to create a funding mechanism to hire social workers, community members, and clinicians for an alternative response to mental health crises other than police,” Miranda said in her own statement. “I look forward to working in continued partnership with NASW in the State Senate.”

Several of the Second Suffolk Senate candidates, including Miranda, have been touting endorsements during the summer months, ahead of the Sept. 6 Democratic primary. Miranda’s other recent endorsement came from SEIU 509, the health care and human services union.

The other candidates are state Rep. Nika Elugardo, senior pastor and former federal housing official Miniard Culpepper and former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson.

Culpepper earlier this week pointed to the endorsement of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who ran for president in 1988. Culpepper worked on the campaign and went up to New Hampshire for Jackson.

Elugardo has announced endorsements from Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan and former acting mayor Kim Janey, among others.

The Second Suffolk Senate district’s boundaries include parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill.

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