ICAN Endorses Rick Lipof for State Representative, 12th Middlesex District

Newton, MA — The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) is proud to announce its endorsement of Rick Lipof for State Representative in the 12th Middlesex District. As an experienced public servant and dedicated community leader, Lipof has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating antisemitism, supporting Israel, and fostering strong Israeli-American relationships.

Rick Lipof, a long-serving Alderman and City Councilor in Newton, has consistently championed causes vital to our community. With 22 years of service, including roles as Vice President of the Council and Chair of several key committees, Lipof brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of public service to his candidacy. His dedication to public safety, land use, real property re-use, and environmental action, demonstrated through his leadership roles on several related committees, has earned him the respect and trust of his constituents.

“Rick Lipof’s unwavering support for Israel and his proactive stance against antisemitism make him an outstanding candidate for State Representative,” said Nirit Friedlander, ICAN Massachusetts Co-Chair. “His leadership and experience are crucial in advancing policies that protect our community and strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance.”

Lipof’s platform aligns closely with ICAN’s key policy positions, including:

  • Combating Antisemitism and Hate: Lipof has co-authored and signed letters condemning antisemitism and the BDS-backed Mapping Project. He advocates for increased funding for security grants and antisemitism awareness programs in schools.
  • Holocaust Education: Lipof is committed to enhancing Holocaust education, ensuring accurate historical representation, and opposing any attempts to alter or dilute this critical subject.
  • U.S.-Israel Alliance: Lipof supports maintaining and increasing financial aid to Israel, fostering Israeli-American partnerships in economic and scientific fields, and upholding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • Preventing a Nuclear Iran: Lipof supports strong measures, including sanctions, to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The Massachusetts Primary Election will take place on September 3, 2024, with more than 261 positions up for election, including the critical role of State Representative for the 12th Middlesex District​​. This district includes parts of Newton and Brookline, and is currently represented by Ruth Balser, who is retiring after 25 years of service.

Rick Lipof’s dedication to these critical issues, combined with his extensive public service record, makes him the ideal choice for State Representative. ICAN encourages all voters of the 12th Middlesex District to support Rick Lipof in the upcoming election.

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