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Rayla Campbell Becomes First Black Woman To Qualify For Statewide Office Ballot In Massachusetts History

May 19, 2022

Rayla Campbell, a Republican from Whitman and candidate for Secretary of State, submitted enough signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office earlier this month to become the first black woman candidate to qualify for statewide office in Massachusetts history.

However, MassLive incorrectly reported earlier in the week that former Boston city councilor Andrea Campbell, a Democratic attorney general candidate, was the first.

That’s because Andrea Campbell told the paper that she was the first — ignoring that Rayla Campbell submitted the necessary signatures before her.

“We’re not into identity politics, nor are we about racially labeling our candidates,” Massachusetts Republican Party chairman Jim Lyons said in a statement. “The fact that a Democrat did this and that the media helped falsely promote this lie that she was the first to ‘shatter barriers’ is unfortunate but not uncommon.

“The Democrats and their media surrogates love to lecture people about minorities ‘shattering barriers’ yet for them those accolades only seem to apply if you’re on their team.”


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