Harwich's Andrea Silbert leads the pack

With One Year To Go To The State Primary, Silbert Exceeds $200,000 Mark


emocratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Andrea Silbert jumped to the front of the field of candidates in terms of dollars raised when her campaign total exceeded the $200,000 mark a few weeks ago. 

Shown above on left with her husband Craig, Harwich's Andrea Silbert was the only one of the candidates for Lt. Governor to show up last month at a rally in Orleans

Silbert has a record of job creation across Massachusetts, as well as a clear message on growth. She has devoted her herself to advancing economic justice for the state's most disadvantaged citizens. 

Now, having out-raised her competition in the LGâ??s race, sheâ??s proven herself a formidable fundraiser as well.  

â??The contributions from more than 600 Massachusetts voters to my campaign shows that the people of this state are ready for a proven leader in job creation, economic development and economic justice.  Unlike our current Lieutenant Governor, people want to support a candidate who doesnâ??t have to write a check to herself in order to get elected,â? commented Andrea Silbert, the founder of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a nationally recognized job creation nonprofit organization.

A nationally recognized advocate in the area of economic justice, MS Silbert was selected in 2001, along side of Senator Barbara Mikulski and Linda Chavez-Thompson of the AFL-CIO, by Working Woman magazine as one of only 25 leaders who "have given women in the workplace a better shot". She has received multiple awards from the US Small Business Administration, the Pinnacle award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Abigail Adams award from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, and was selected as a women leader of the 21st century by the Organization for a New Equality.

She has been endorsed by community leaders across the state including former US Ambassador Swanee Hunt, State Representative Rachel Kaprielian, State Representative Matt Patrick, AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Rebecca Haag, John Kerry LGBT Finance Committee Chair Will Woodruff, former State Representatives Jim Collins and Peter Larkin, and business leaders such as realtor Chobee Hoy and venture capitalist, John Cullinane, Jr., the Silbert campaign is exceeding all targets in the race for contributions, delegates, and volunteers.

She also "walked the walk"

Silbert helped companies create more than 14,000 jobs and $400 million in new wages while working with CWE, the non-profit center.  Prior to co-founding CWE, she was a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York. She left the country in 1988 to serve in grassroots economic development in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Brazil.

During her time in Latin America, Andrea worked for Women's World Banking, an international network of micro-loan funds. In Brazil, Andrea worked with the poorest of the poor at a non-profit organization serving "street children".

AndreaSilbert lives in Harwich with her husband, Craig Caldwell, and their 3 children. She attended Harvard, earning a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. An active political fundraiser, she served as a Trustee for the Kerry Edwards Victory 2004 fund and a member of the John Kerry National Finance Committee.

â??I am running for Lieutenant Governor to create the jobs and growth that Massachusetts needs and deserves. Weâ??re leading the way in fundraising and Iâ??m picking up support all over the Commonwealth. With one year to go to the primary, I am focused and running full speed aheadâ?

â??As the next Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, I want to create the jobs and growth that our state needs and deserves. When the economy grows, so do the resources for housing, health care, and education. Our commonwealth deserves full-time leadership in the State House and public servants who can create solutions to the high cost of living in our state. Iâ??m proud of the campaign organization weâ??ve built in only five months and I look forward to continuing our work to expand opportunity for all in Massachusetts," stated Andrea Silbert.

Andrea Silbert is the first candidate to raise $200,000 â?? in just over five months and without significant personal wealth. Silbertâ??s experience in job creation and economic development is unmatched by any other statewide candidate, which would provide necessary balance to the Democratic gubernatorial ticket.

A nationally recognized leader in economic justice

As the Co-Founder and former CEO of the non-profit Center for Women & Enterprise, Silbert served a wide range of entrepreneurs from single mothers on welfare to leaders of large venture capital-backed technology companies in Massachusetts. 

She has a state-wide base of support due to her work opening CWEâ??s first office in Roxbury and growing the organization to Worcester and Providence.  Her work has assisted 10,000 working families in over 200 communities around the state.

â??I am running for Lieutenant Governor to create the jobs and growth that Massachusetts needs and deserves.  Weâ??re leading the way in fundraising and Iâ??m picking up support all over the Commonwealth.  With one year to go to the primary, I am focused and running full speed ahead,â? said Andrea Silbert.

MS Silbert web site is here.

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