CANTON, Mass: The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses and health care professionals, announces the endorsement of a strong and compassionate group of candidates running for elected office in Western Massachusetts.
"Like registered nurses, our endorsed candidates have committed themselves to fighting for those who need help the most," said MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams, who works as an obstetrical and neonatal nurse at Cambridge Hospital. "They understand the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, high-quality patient care and have pledged to support efforts to protect and improve that care."

"We are always strong when we stand together," said Donna Stern, RN at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and a member of the MNA Board of Directors. "The candidates we have endorsed embody this by standing with nurses when we fight for our patients, ourselves and our communities. We know they will bring that same courage and determination to Beacon Hill and to city and town halls across Western Massachusetts."

MNA-Endorsed Western Mass. Candidates
Lida Francoeur, West Springfield City Council
Sheila Gilmour, Greenfield Town Council, Precinct 6
Jason LaForest, North Adams City Council
Rebecca Lisi, Holyoke City Council
Doug Mayo, Greenfield Town Council, Precinct 8
Helen Moon, Pittsfield City Council- Ward 1
Kevin Towle, State Representative 1st Berkshire District

Founded in 1903, the MNA represents over 23,000 members. It is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses and health professionals in the state and the third largest in the nation. The MNA created the RN license designation, wrote the first code of ethics for nurses, and passed, or helped to pass, nearly every state law governing nursing practice.

(Posted on 13 October 2017, 1675570605 3O236O47O240)