Martha Coakley today announced that S. Lester Ralph, Mayor of Somerville from 1970 to 1978, has endorsed her candidacy for United States Senate. Former Mayor Ralph is the third former Mayor of Somerville to endorse Coakley, following former Somerville Mayors Eugene Brune and Dorothy Kelly Gay.
"I'm honored to stand with an outstanding leader like Martha Coakley," said former Mayor S. Lester Ralph. "I'm endorsing Martha Coakley for United States Senate because she knows how to keep communities like Somerville safe. Her experience prepares her well for the Senate, and her plans for economic, health care, and energy reforms are exactly what Somerville families need."
"I am pleased to have the endorsement of former Mayor Lester Ralph, the latest Somerville leader to announce support of my campaign," said Martha Coakley. "I have had the privilege of serving the people of Somerville for years as Attorney General and, before that, as Middlesex District Attorney. I have a record of results on behalf of the families of Somerville and all of Massachusetts, holding predatory mortgage lenders accountable, protecting seniors from scam artists and abusive nursing home operators, and standing up to large utilities over unfair rate increases. I will bring that same leadership to Washington on behalf of the City of Somerville and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.