Elections and Endorsements

Massachusetts Voters for Animals (MVFA) is the nonpartisan political arm of the animal protection movement in Massachusetts and the only animal organization in the state that can influence elections for animal protection since other non-profits are prohibited by law from endorsing candidates or campaigning in elections.

We support candidates regardless of party based on a single criterion: their support for animal protection. We publicize our endorsements to our mailing list and when possible help mobilize volunteers in key races. We also raise money from compassionate citizens and at times donate to certain local or state campaigns. 

MVFA creates a questionnaire that requests candidates’ positions on a variety of animal protection issues. MVFA also asks candidates if they have taken action in either their public or private lives on behalf of animals, whether they would favor legislation for animals despite arguments for commercial and economic benefit from animal exploitation, and if they view animal protection as a core value. If the candidate has held elected office, MVFA also reviews their record.

In 2018, we are focusing on open seats and races where we have a strong animal-friendly incumbent we want to stay in office or a legislators who has been harmful and we are interested in an animal-friendly replacement.

* check back for additional endorsements

State Senate

Middlesex and Worcester district
Endorsed: Senator Jamie Eldridge
Fifth Middlesex district
Endorsed: Senator Jason Lewis

Plymouth and Norfolk district
Endorsed: Senator Patrick O’Connor


Bristol and Norfolk district
Endorsed: Paul Feeney

1st Essex Senate district
Endorsed: Diana Dizoglio
“During my time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, I have been an unwavering supporter of legislation to protect animals across the Commonwealth, including both the PAWS Act and PAWS II; legislation to reduce animal testing of products; and legislation to require rented or foreclosed properties be checked for abandoned animals, among other important bills. Should I have the honor of serving in the State Senate, I am committed to continuing my advocacy for legislation that promotes the humane treatment of animals.”


State House of Representatives

4th Worcester district
Endorsed: Natalie Higgins

2nd Bristol district
Endorsed: Jim Hawkins***

18th Essex district
Endorsed: Tram Nguyen

5th Worcester district
Endorsed: Jean Strauss


12th Plymouth
Endorsed: Kathleen LaNatra

9th Essex
Endorsed: Matthew Crescenzo

6th Bristol House district
Endorsed: Carla Fiola


Congratulations to the candidates we endorsed in the primary election who now do not have a general election race: Senator Welch, Rep. Garballey, Maria Robinson, Denise Garlick, Tami, Gouveia, Tommy Vitolo, Lindsay Sabadosa, Liz Miranda, Dan Cullinane, and Mindy Domb.

We are continuing the process of reviewing candidate records and surveys.

Please contact us at info@massvotersforanimals.org with questions.