Watertown’s Warren Tolman received an endorsement from a familiar face to town residents – Middlesex Sheriff and former State Representative Peter Koutoujian.
On Thursday, Koutoujian announced his support for Tolman, pointing to his proven leadership and his vow to take on the National Rifle Association and push for fingerprint trigger locks.
“As Sheriff, I see every day the importance of protecting our communities from gun violence,” Koutoujian said. “As the only candidate who will implement fingerprint trigger locks, Warren Tolman is the best choice for making our neighborhoods safer and moving the Commonwealth forward. Smart gun technology will save lives, and I’m supporting Warren Tolman for Attorney General because he will make it a reality.”
Tolman and Koutoujian stopped a senior living facility in Waltham and the Attorney General candidate spoke about the potential for smart gun technology and fingerprint trigger locks to stop guns from falling into the wrong hands. He is the only candidate for Attorney General supporting that stance.
“I’m grateful and honored to have my friend Sheriff Koutoujian, a strong progressive reformer and a leader in being smart on crime, supporting me in my campaign,” Tolman said. “Sheriff Koutoujian and I share a commitment to expanding mental health and protecting Massachusetts from gun violence and I look forward to partnering with him to improve our Commonwealth.”
Tolman (http://warrentolman.org/), who is a former State Senator and State Representative for Watertown and a candidate for Governor and Lt. Governor, faces Democrat Maura Healey of Charlestown – a former of the Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Bureau Chief (http://www.maurahealey.com/). The winner in the Sept. 9 state primary will take on Republican John Miller of Winchester, an attorney and civil engineer (http://www.millerforag.com/) in the Nov. 4 general election.
On Aug. 7 at 8 a.m., Tolman and Healy will take part in the Gatehouse/Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce Debate at Mt. Ida College, 777 Dedham St, Newton, MA 02459. It is free to the public, but registration is required –http://www.mountida.edu/mount-ida-in-the-news/mount-ida-college-to-host-attorney-general-democratic-candidates-debate/
Koutoujian is just the latest endorsement for Tolman. He has the backing of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the State Council of the SEIU, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Coalition of Police. He also has been endorsed by Clean Water Action and the Environmental League of Massachusetts.
Tolman also has backing of multiple Bay State politicians, including former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh, campaign co-chairs State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, former State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien, Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating, and the four most recent former Massachusetts Attorneys General: Frank Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger, Tom Reilly and Jim Shannon.