CANTON, Mass., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses, announces its endorsement and strong support for Julian Cyr, Democratic State Senate candidate for Cape Cod and the Islands.
"Julian Cyr respects and supports the work registered nurses do every day to protect our patients and our profession," MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams said. "From his experience working in public health, Julian clearly understands the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, high-quality patient care and will advocate for efforts to improve that care."
State Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham), past president of the MNA and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, is also a strong supporter of Cyr.
"In my six years in the Legislature, I have worked with Julian Cyr on a myriad of issues: Services for our seniors, containing health care costs, anti-bullying for LGBTQ youth, and racial justice," Rep. Garlick said. "As a registered nurse, I know that Julian is exactly the sort of champion we need for nurses and working families. I enthusiastically support his candidacy."
Cyr, a Truro native, has exceptional experience in public service. He was most recently the director of policy and regulatory affairs in the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). At DPH, Cyr worked to safeguard the public health of Massachusetts residents by protecting them from potentially harmful environmental problems. His commitment to affordable health care that meets people's needs and his proven record of results makes him the right candidate for the MNA to endorse.
"Having spent much of my career working in public health, I strongly believe that nurses are the key to improving health care in Massachusetts," Cyr said. "From tackling the opioid epidemic to ensuring dignified care for our seniors and keeping health care affordable, I plan to work hand-in-hand with the MNA to solve the most pressing public health issues in our state. I'm humbled and honored to receive this endorsement."
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association