Former State Senator Warren Tolman announced Monday he is supporting Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in his race for the 5th Congressional seat.
Tolman, who resides in Watertown, said the candidate from Waltham is the right person for the job.
“At a time when Republicans in Washington have brought the government to the cliff of a shutdown over the Affordable Care Act—a program that provides millions of Americans affordable healthcare—I can’t imagine a more qualified person to fill Ed Markey’s shoes. Peter’s always known how to stand strong for our core values and win, and I know those skills will serve our district well in Congress,” Tolman said.
When Koutoujian was a state representative for the West Side of Watertown and part of Waltham he supported gun control, passed an anti-stalking bill and was chairman of the Public Health committee when Massachusetts passed the laws that ensures that 98 percent of residents and 99 percent of children have health care, Tolman said.
The pair campaigned together Monday in Watertown and Cambridge - part of Tolman's former senate district.
“I am honored to earn Warren’s endorsement,” Koutoujian said. “He has always been a strong, proud progressive, and I have always been proud to stand with him for the Middle Class. From standing up to gun violence to standing strong for women’s rights to standing firm for affordable healthcare for all, Warren has been a dedicated ally. I am excited to hit the trail running with a longtime colleague, friend, and advocate for Belmont, Cambridge, and Watertown residents.”