Campaign to Protect Transgender Antidiscrimination Law at Ballot Appoints Campaign Manager
January 11, 2018

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Veteran campaign strategist Phil Sherwood to lead team
BOSTON  Freedom for All Massachusetts (FFAM) – the bi-partisan campaign fighting to protect the state’s transgender public accommodations protections law from repeal at the ballot in November –  today announced the appointment of Phil Sherwood as campaign manager. Sherwood joins a growing team of full time staff hired in recent months in preparation for the November ballot question.

“We are taking nothing for granted in our pursuit to protect Massachusetts law, fairness, acceptance, and, of course, the safety of transgender people,” said Mason Dunn, campaign co-chair. “Bringing Phil’s expertise into this campaign positions us strongly as we set our eyes on November.”

“We are assembling a team that will ensure we are doing all that is necessary to claim victory on election night,” said Kasey Suffredini, campaign co-chair. “We did not ask for this fight, but we are ready for it and we are determined to win. Adding Phil to our team is a key component of our strategy.”

Dunn and Suffredini, will continue to serve as co-chairs of the campaign.

Sherwood brings more than 17 years experience in public and legislative affairs and campaign management to his role as campaign manager. His appointment is effective immediately.

FFAM is growing its team and has recently opened a campaign office in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood. The campaign has 8 full-time employees focused on coalition building, field, and communications.

In 2016, Massachusetts became the 18th and most recent state in the country to update its nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. The law was endorsed and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, and it went into effect on October 1. Opponents of the law have since submitted the low threshold of signatures necessary to force it onto the November 2018 ballot for repeal.


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