Lt. Governor Candidate Mike Lake Tours Island Creek Oysters Farm Praising its Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Efforts

(Boston, MA- December 17, 2013): Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Mike Lake, a Clinton White House appointee and President and CEO of Leading Cities, visited the Island Creek Oysters’ Duxbury Farm with State Representative Josh Cutler of the Sixth Plymouth District of Massachusetts on Sunday, December 15th.

Island Creek Oysters started like all new businesses, with an idea and a passionate leader. Today Island Creek Oysters is a local employer, a nation-wide distributor and an international humanitarian organization. The farm in Duxbury employs 17, they distribute more than 120,000 oysters each week and the Island Creek Oysters Foundation supports communities from Haiti to Zanzibar through providing poor families in need of food with the ability to produce protein-rich food sources and generate revenue through aquaculture farming.

“I'm very pleased Mike was able to tour this great local example of sustainable farming here in Duxbury. Aquaculture is a growing industry in Massachusetts and one that will benefit from a committed and passionate advocate like Mike Lake serving as our Lt. Governor,” said Representative Cutler.

Lake added, “Skip, Chris and the team at Island Creek Oysters demonstrate the power and impact one business can have on a community and the world. The Commonwealth is fortunate to have such caring and committed entrepreneurs and businesses like Island Creek Oysters, who have not only employed locals, but have helped those in desperate need to find hope, dignity and opportunity.”

The tour follows shortly after former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis endorsed Lake's candidacy for Lt. Governor, marking only the second occasion in which the former Presidential nominee endorsed a candidate in a contested statewide primary.

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations and is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development. Lake’s vision for the Lt. Governor’s office involves working to realize what he calls the Massachusetts Promise, “a promise of opportunity that comes with High-Quality Education, Job Creation, and Strong Communities.”

More info on Lake and the campaign can be found at http://www.ElectMikeLake.com.

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