Ture Announces his Campaign for State Representative
Single-payer health care leader and Jamaica Plain activist Ture Turnbull Announces Campaign for State Rep., 11th Suffolk
BOSTON: Jamaica Plain resident, Ture Turnbull, Executive Director of Mass-Care, announced today his candidacy to become the next state representative for the 11th Suffolk district. Turnbull has been the head of Mass-Care, the state’s leading single-payer advocacy organization, for 5 years. Turnbull, a Democrat, is running to change the culture of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and push forward a progressive-reform oriented agenda that Boston families need right now.
A staunch progressive and health care expert, Turnbull says it’s his own experiences with government that make him the best choice to move the traditionally conservative House of Representatives in the direction that families need right now: “Government is supposed to work to make people’s lives better, and I think we can’t wait any longer for change to come – we need bold ideas now from our local leaders,” said Turnbull. “Whether it’s passing single-payer healthcare, or providing more affordable housing options, and stopping the privatization of public education, the time to act boldly is right now.”
Turnbull is a champion for Medicare-for-All, deep and meaningful criminal justice reform, civil rights on behalf of LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color, and legislation to combat climate change.
A JP resident for the last 14 years, he and his husband, Adam Smith, an Assistant Dean at Northeastern University, have been homeowners for 6 years on Robeson Street in Jamaica Plain. Turnbull has run the Boston Marathon 4 times and will be running again this April.
Turnbull served as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth from 2008 until 2012 where he fought for and succeeded in increasing funding for youth suicide prevention. Turnbull has served on the Democratic Ward 11 committee for nearly a decade. He attended Northeastern University and received his B.S. in Public Administration (International Affairs Specialization) followed by a Masters in Urban and Regional Policy. He went on to receive a certificate of education in Shaping Healthcare Delivery Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
“Massachusetts has been a leader before and we need to be an exporter of ideas to other states again. I’m running for State Representative because I want to lead on bold solutions on health care, to combat the growing opiate crisis, and to make families’ lives in our neighborhoods across this district more livable and affordable,” said Turnbull.