(April 16, 2014- Boston, MA): State Representative Antonio Cabral of the 13th Bristol District officially endorsed Mike Lake, Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor. Rep. Cabral emphasized his experience working with Lake, along with Senators Michael Rodrigues and Marc Pacheo, to attract Portuguese business to the south coast. Rep. Cabral further commended Lake’s approach to strengthening Massachusetts’ economy by supporting local businesses and investing infrastructure and education.
“In his work with Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senator Marc Pacheco, and me, Mike encouraged job growth and business development by building on the south coast’s Portuguese cultural connections,” Cabral said. “However, without transportation to and from these businesses, they will not be fully connected to Massachusetts’ economic engine because their workers will not have the required mobility to transport goods and promote the assets of our region. Mike supports south coast rail, which will connect our community to the Commonwealth, alleviate traffic, and reduce carbon emissions.”
Cabral--the State Representative for New Bedford--cited Lake’s creativity and experiences as indicators of his ability to promote the economic recovery of gateway cities. He also expressed his admiration for the support Lake has already attracted. He specified Lake’s first endorsement as being especially noteworthy.
“I was particularly impressed by Governor Michael Dukakis’ endorsement, as this is only the second time Governor Dukakis has endorsed a candidate in a statewide primary election,” Cabral said. “This kind of early support says a lot about a candidate’s character and their potential to create positive change for our Commonwealth.”
“I’m honored to have Representative Cabral’s endorsement,” Lake said. “We share dedication to many issues including expanding the commuter rail to the south coast and passing suicide prevention legislation. I look forward to working with him on these issues as well as many others.”
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.
More info on Lake and the campaign can be found at http://www.ElectMikeLake.com.