Rep. Barber: Voted against transparency Voted to give the Speaker more power

Anna Callahan: Believes in State House reform Will fight for good government

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Anna Callahan

The voice we deserve.

“We all have progressive values. We need progressive action.”

Meet Anna

democratic Candidate for Massachusetts State Rep of the 34th Middlesex District

I’m Anna Callahan, I’m a mom and software engineer, and I’m dedicated to addressing the root problems in our State House. 

I moved to Somerville in 2003 and fell in love with the neighborhood.  In 2016 I quit my job because it became clear that we are at an all-hands-on-deck moment for so many issues, especially climate change, health care, and criminal justice reform.  In 2017 I spearheaded The Incorruptibles and have spent the last 3 years training people across the country in places like OK, KS, PA, CA, and here in MA to elect slates of progressives to their city council by increasing the engagement of working people.  When more people engage, progressive policies win.

Anna Callahan with her husband and son outside of a school building
Anna and husband Nate at son Leif’s first day at school

I started a podcast on Massachusetts state politics last summer, Incorruptible Massachusetts, to investigate and expose the systemic problems at the state house.  

Criminal justice reform, health care, and averting a climate catastrophe are not “nice to haves” — we need more people at the state level who understand the urgency of these issues.  I will fight for our rights while building the movement we need to get real change in our state.

Read more about Anna here.

“What drew me to Anna was the breadth of knowledge she possessed, and moreover, the conviction she had about creating transformative change through electoral politics. After I and a Medford city council candidate attended a workshop based on The Incorruptibles model of organizing, we ran a slate of progressive candidates with great success. I can see the transformation happening here in Medford before my eyes, and Anna’s curriculum and support was the crucial care needed to sprout the seed that’s now blooming.”

– Jessica Farrell

Medford resident

“It didn’t take long after I started following climate legislation at the State House for me to realize that even in a state as blue as Massachusetts, progressive policies are nearly impossible to pass. We need courageous legislators like Anna to fight for important policies because, without them, Massachusetts will never be the progressive state I once thought it was.”

– Spencer Gallant

Somerville Tufts student

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“If you want to be part of building our future, Anna is the candidate for you—she is so excited to help people in our district realize their visions. This is why dozens of young people have been inspired to devote so many hours every week to this campaign.”

– Susan Eldridge

Somerville resident

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“I am very impressed by Anna’s story and activism.  Her progressive initiatives are exactly what I am looking for in an elected representative.”

– Karen Forest

Medford resident

“In Anna, I found a candidate who shares my progressive values and believes that change comes from the grassroots. I’m ecstatic to have someone like Anna who wants to represent me directly—who will fight to make our government as progressive as the people of Massachusetts.”

– Amanda LaBellerose

Medford resident

“From the moment I first met Anna, I could see that she overflows—not only with good ideas—but with the skills, courage, and experience to make change in this time of turmoil. She’s bold. She’s brave. She knows how to build coalitions and to stand up to abuses of power. She will be good for our district, for the citizens of Somerville and Medford, and for everyone in Massachusetts.”

– Bob Massie

Somerville resident

“Anna Callahan brings an engineer’s focus to the systemic problems that have seen the last three House Speakers, all Democrats, convicted of felonies. She understands that the culture there is toxic and that no progressive policy will emerge until there is new leadership and meaningful reform. I like and respect Christine, but Anna’s got my vote and support for the September 1 Primary.”

– Greg Nadeau

Somerville resident

What Prevents us from Passing Progressive Policy?

The Massachusetts State House has the worst concentration of power of any state house in the country. A combination of rules, laws, financial incentives, and culture lead to a small number of people in backroom deals deciding which legislation is allowed to pass. The progressive community has honed in on transparency as the most important first thing to change — on most bills there is no way for us to know how any of our state reps are voting.

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