National Progressive Veterans Endorse Chandler for Congress in MA-3

Haverhill, MA - Alexandra Chandler is proud to announce that she has been endorsed by Common Defense, a grassroots organization of veterans and military families representing 150,000 members. 

Common Defense says they chose to endorse Chandler because “her comprehensive and specific policy platform, particularly on foreign policy and human rights, along with her bold and inspiring vision on healthcare and economic opportunity, make Alexandra stand out from the crowded field of candidates for this seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Niki Tsongas. Alexandra’s grassroots campaign will pay off in the primary election on September 4th.”

Chandler said of this endorsement: “Common Defense and its more than 150,000 veteran and military family members and supporters have been at the front lines of a truly grassroots fight against the growing hate and violence in this country and the struggle for economic and social justice. I couldn’t be more proud to have the support of such patriots, and I will bring our shared values to Congress on behalf of the working class and middle class people of MA-3.

As a member of the Intelligence Community, I swore an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic— as did the many veterans that make up Common Defense. Like them, I consider my oath to be a lifelong obligation, with no expiration date. I renew my commitment to be a leader in Congress unafraid to stand up for the Constitution, and the rights and fundamentally American values enshrined within it: justice, equality, promoting the general welfare, securing the blessings of liberty- and to provide for the common defense.

I will fulfill this commitment by being unafraid to resist with my vote and my voice any policies or politicians that attack these values. As we have seen too often from this Administration, these attacks often harm the most vulnerable among us or serve to exploit divisions and prejudices in our society while distracting from corruption or the lack of any real progress for the basic needs and aspirations of working and middle-class people. I will also be unafraid to work across political divisions with all who, despite differences or partisan labels, will fight for those values and will come together to make progress for economic opportunity and social justice for Americans at home, and for global justice abroad. I’m honored that Common Defense is supporting me in answering this call to service and leadership."

Alexandra Chandler spent 13 years as an analyst and leader of analysts at the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she specialized in analysis combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She is now on the ballot for the September 4 Democratic primary election in Massachusetts’s Third Congressional District, running to fill the seat of the departing Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Her biography and platform can be found at www.alexandrachandler.com.

Alexandra Chandler Makes History as the First Openly Transgender Candidate for Congress on the ballot in Massachusetts (MA-3)

Haverhill, MA - Today, Alexandra Chandler made history by becoming the first openly transgender candidate for Congress to get on the ballot in Massachusetts.. She turned in more than the required 2,000 signatures on her official nomination papers to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office in Boston. Chandler was accompanied by her wife, Catherine, and Holly Ryan, a pioneer in the civil rights movement for LGBTQ+ people in Massachusetts and an early supporter of Chandler’s campaign.  

“Thank you to our volunteers and staff for all your work that made this possible. As a first-time candidate, as a middle-class person, as a mom, and as a transgender lesbian woman, being on the ballot is humbling. I am the first openly transgender candidate for Congress in the history of the Commonwealth to get on the ballot. Our campaign has already made history, standing on the shoulders of so many giants who came before us,” Chandler said.   

Now, she added, she can offer the voters of her district vision, expertise, and leadership matched by no other candidate in this race. “Massachusetts’s Third Congressional District will have the chance to elect a Congresswoman who offers an unapologetically bold progressive agenda for the working and middle class, real experience working across divisions in Washington against our toughest problems, and tested leadership from representing complex intelligence analysis on 3am phone calls with the White House to my community health center work, to standing up for the rights of the vulnerable. I will always answer the call to serve.”

Holly Ryan noted this important day by stating, "While Alexandra Chandler makes history today, the real significance of her campaign is that she embodies a future in which it is assumed that people are judged based on their abilities only. Once you see and hear Alexandra Chandler, her abilities are what you remember. By embodying competence and compassion and sharing her talents with our nation, Alexandra makes me proud to have played a role in opening this pathway to freedom."

Alexandra Chandler spent 13 years as an analyst and leader of analysts at the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she specialized in analysis combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She is now on the ballot for the September 4 Democratic primary election in Massachusetts’s Third Congressional District, running to fill the seat of the departing Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Her biography and platform can be found at www.alexandrachandler.com.

Former Intelligence Community Leader on Palestinian Deaths, Concern for Israel

Calls on Congress to hold Netanyahu government accountable to investigate deaths, and to show continuing commitment to both Israeli and Palestinian security

Haverhill, MA- Statement from Alexandra Chandler:

“I mourn the deaths of the 52 Palestinians killed today, the over two thousand wounded, and those hurt and killed in recent weeks. And as a friend of Israel— who for years played a part in efforts to combat the flow of weapons to terrorists, in modesty saving Israeli lives— I am gravely concerned for the future of Israel.

This death toll could have been avoided or greatly lessened. The 70th anniversary of Israeli Independence Day was always going to be a dangerous and violent time, even before the announcement that the U.S. would open its embassy in Jerusalem today. All expected protests, and all could sadly predict that some of the protesters would be violent— and I do not condone their violence, especially that instigated by Hamas toward its own ends.

I have worked with the Israeli military, and they are among the best trained and the best equipped military forces in the world, with superior intelligence collection and surveillance capabilities. I am confident that given different orders and rules of engagement— for instance, not to use live ammunition and to use numerous specialized riot and border control tools at their disposal— they could have protected themselves, and the security of the Israeli-Gaza border, notwithstanding Hamas-directed provocateurs among the protestors.

Instead, the violence and death toll today will play a part in continuing the cycle of violence and retribution into the future.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government must instruct his forces to exercise restraint, cease the use of live ammunition except when forces are in immediate mortal danger, and launch a transparent inquiry, in collaboration with broadly respected non-government affiliated human rights groups.

Sadly, our Administration— like the current government of Israel— has only made things worse at a dangerous time, for the basest of motives which have nothing to do with improving the security of Israelis or Palestinians, let alone the United States of America.

The Administration has openly spoken of its decision to time our move of our embassy to Jerusalem as fulfilling a campaign promise. The presence of major campaign donors like Sheldon Adelson at today’s event in Jerusalem only underlines the point. Furthermore, the Administration revealed how much this moment is about pandering to certain extremist supporters by inviting Robert Jeffress to offer the prayer at the event. Jeffress has said Muslims are going to Hell (and Jews, and Hindus, and Clinton supporters too, though he did not emphasize those today), and has called the Catholic Church (for full disclosure, my spiritual home) an instrument of Satan and corruption.

Considering all the above, the actions in both substance and tone, it will be all but impossible for the United States to play any effective role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for some time to come. Furthermore, while some governments will welcome the U.S. policy shifts on display today, other public and private foreign partnerships will become more difficult, and America’s image in the eyes of the broader world will further suffer— particularly when we next want to make a critique of human rights abuses abroad, or when we need to defend our own conduct. Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s government is decreasing the chances of a peace process toward a two-state solution or federative structure that protects the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians while also respecting democracy.

The actions today, coupled with the Administration’s exit from the Iran Deal (over the objections of both current and former Israeli and American defense and intelligence leaders), show a dangerous short-sightedness by both the current governments of the United States and Israel. I do not claim that either government initiated the longstanding tensions that have led to the horrible loss of life today, but neither are showing the leadership that either history or the security of ordinary American, Israeli and Palestinian citizens demand.

Congress must do all that it can to show our commitment to the security and prosperity of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Congress must call on the Administration to demand accountability from the Netanyahu government for the loss of life today, while renewing our commitment to Israel’s defensive security needs, especially against the threat of terrorism— which will almost certainly increase after today. We should also appropriate emergency aid to the Palestinians to assist in the sustained medical care needs of the injured today, and assistance to the families of those killed, as well as the economic losses of their communities. Congress must show the leadership that the Administration is failing to show.”

Alexandra Chandler spent 13 years as an analyst and leader of analysts at the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she specialized in analysis combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She is currently running for Congress in Massachusetts's 3rd Congressional District to fill the seat of the departing Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Her biography and platform can be found at www.alexandrachandler.com

Chandler Hires Finance Director, Releases 1st Quarter Fundraising Numbers and Accomplishments

Alexandra Chandler, Democratic Candidate for Congress in Massachusetts' 3rd District, is pleased to announce that she is expanding her campaign team with the hiring of Terry McGinty as her new Finance Director. McGinty is a political veteran, having begun his career serving on the Washington, D.C. staff of Senator Ted Kennedy. He was the Public Service Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School before leading the National Democratic Institute as Director of its Tajikistan office.

Press Release: Chandler becomes the first MA-3 candidate to release a comprehensive progressive platform

“Voters deserve to know that their candidates understand the issues. Candidates need to be willing to take a stand and share their policy solutions to the challenges voters face — not just fluff or political boilerplate. I’ve written our policy platform myself and shared it now because I respect the voters of this District. I want them to know I am ready to serve them on all the issues — from better pay to national security and so much more. I’ll be ready on day one.”