Why Casey?

 

Casey is bold, homegrown, and progressive. And most importantly, he has the record and experience to back it up.

As a lifelong resident—and just about the only candidate who’s gone through this district’s public schools—Casey has a local’s understanding of local issues and experience building the community and state-level relationships needed to be an effective representative. Combine that with his youthful energy and progressive vision, and he’s the package deal.

 
 Casey has gotten to know State Rep. Steve Kulik over many years. Well before many other candidates' recent moves to the district, Casey had already authored a resolution and worked with Rep. Kulik and former State Sen. Ben Downing, himself elected at 25, to get it passed.

Casey has gotten to know State Rep. Steve Kulik over many years. Well before many other candidates' recent moves to the district, Casey had already authored a resolution and worked with Rep. Kulik and former State Sen. Ben Downing, himself elected at 25, to get it passed.

 Casey brought Congressman Richard Neal on as co-sponsor for a House Joint Resolution to increase civic engagement. Four other members of our state delegation followed—including Reps. Joe Kennedy III, Seth Moulton, and Niki Tsongas.

Casey brought Congressman Richard Neal on as co-sponsor for a House Joint Resolution to increase civic engagement. Four other members of our state delegation followed—including Reps. Joe Kennedy III, Seth Moulton, and Niki Tsongas.

 Both houses of the Massachusetts General Court adopted Casey’s resolution unanimously.

Both houses of the Massachusetts General Court adopted Casey’s resolution unanimously.

 Of course, Casey has built relationships with activists throughout the region too, including congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who also spoke at his town’s Democratic caucus this year.

Of course, Casey has built relationships with activists throughout the region too, including congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who also spoke at his town’s Democratic caucus this year.

Casey wants our government to reflect the people it represents, and having elected officials who all look alike simply doesn’t cut it. Having worked for years to get more people engaged in our democratic process, he’s proud to be supported by what is by far the most diverse team of staff and volunteers in this race because his campaign is about more than just him or this one house seat. It’s a real opportunity to have an even bigger impact by building a deep bench of progressive women and people of color who can run for office up and down the ballot throughout our state. For the same reason, Casey supports the creation of a paid State House internship program—to open up more opportunities in politics to people of all backgrounds and means.

 Congressman Jim McGovern was among those that joined in signing on as a co-sponsor to the congressional resolution. Casey has remained connected to the Congressman, whose district office has supplied key members of Casey’s campaign staff!

Congressman Jim McGovern was among those that joined in signing on as a co-sponsor to the congressional resolution. Casey has remained connected to the Congressman, whose district office has supplied key members of Casey’s campaign staff!

 Casey and Congressman McGovern met up at a forum on the affordability crisis in higher education, and the two made the  Daily Hampshire Gazette .

Casey and Congressman McGovern met up at a forum on the affordability crisis in higher education, and the two made the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

 Casey organized and moderated a forum on progressive politics in the Trump era with McGovern and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Casey organized and moderated a forum on progressive politics in the Trump era with McGovern and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Casey has the ironclad credentials of a tried and true progressive. He’s built a reputation for being unafraid to stick to his principles, stick up for what’s right, and stick his neck out when it really counts. As you may have noticed from the very limited sample on this page—Casey may be the youngest candidate, but that’s only meant that he’s worked that much harder to prove himself. Now he’s prepared to work harder still to earn your vote so he can join with the allies he’s gained around the region to push our priorities on Beacon Hill.

 Sen. Sanders hired Casey as his youngest full-time staffer, and Casey traveled throughout the country mobilizing voters.

Sen. Sanders hired Casey as his youngest full-time staffer, and Casey traveled throughout the country mobilizing voters.

 Casey was an early supporter of the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Casey was an early supporter of the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

 Casey was a field organizer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Ohio. As part of this, he had the honor of introducing the Senator.

Casey was a field organizer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Ohio. As part of this, he had the honor of introducing the Senator.

 Casey went all the way to the national convention and was featured on BBC.

Casey went all the way to the national convention and was featured on BBC.

 Casey still supports Sanders’ policies and remains connected with his movement.

Casey still supports Sanders’ policies and remains connected with his movement.

Casey has earned the respect of local leaders and elected officials across the district, Western Mass, and the state. He truly knows this place and chose to stay in the district and make a life here, even commuting from Shutesbury when he could have moved away for college. He’s lived the everyday life of folks in the district for many times longer than candidates more than twice his age. There are others running in this race that could make great state representatives—what sets Casey apart is that he’s running to make a great state representative for the 1st Franklin District.

 Casey served as campaign manager for Andrea Harrington’s state senate campaign after Ben Downing retired. Here they are at the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, one of many times Casey has been a delegate.

Casey served as campaign manager for Andrea Harrington’s state senate campaign after Ben Downing retired. Here they are at the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, one of many times Casey has been a delegate.

 Ultimately, Adam Hinds won the Democratic nomination for state senator for Downing’s seat, but the two are on more than good terms. Here they are at the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, when Casey was again a delegate, with Councilors Helen Moon and Pete White.

Ultimately, Adam Hinds won the Democratic nomination for state senator for Downing’s seat, but the two are on more than good terms. Here they are at the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, when Casey was again a delegate, with Councilors Helen Moon and Pete White.

 Casey campaigning with State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier against the charter schools ballot question and for Hinds (and Rep. Farley-Bouvier, of course!).

Casey campaigning with State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier against the charter schools ballot question and for Hinds (and Rep. Farley-Bouvier, of course!).

 Casey has never stopped being engaged with our local communities—from Franklin County to Hampshire and Hampden.

Casey has never stopped being engaged with our local communities—from Franklin County to Hampshire and Hampden.

 Casey with good friend State Rep. Paul Mark. He looks forward to working with him for our region’s shared interests.

Casey with good friend State Rep. Paul Mark. He looks forward to working with him for our region’s shared interests.

 Casey’s involvement has included school committee meetings, town meetings, and showing up to support our nurses.

Casey’s involvement has included school committee meetings, town meetings, and showing up to support our nurses.

But isn’t Casey a bit young?

From serving on his town’s broadband committee to testifying about the need to fix the Chapter 70 funding formula before members of the Joint Committee on Education, Casey’s experience promoting the interests of our 19 towns is extensive. And he’s not alone in getting involved at a young age: Former State Sen. Ben Downing was elected in his mid-20s and chaired the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy as the youngest state senator in Massachusetts. Rep. Jay Healy, Rep. Kulik’s predecessor in the 1st Franklin District, was also elected to the State House in his mid-20s and went on to serve as Massachusetts agriculture commissioner and as the USDA’s Massachusetts state director.

Youth is no obstacle to capable public service, and age is no guarantee of it.