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Sen. Lydia Edwards Announces Re-Election Campaign

Lydia Edwards has formally announced her re-election campaign for the Third Suffolk State Senate district, including Boston, Winthrop, and Revere. Senator Edwards was raised by a single mother who served in the United States Air Force, inspiring her to serve and dedicate her life to helping others.

Before being elected to the State Senate, Lydia served as a Boston City Councilor and worked as an attorney for 15 years fighting for fair treatment and dignity of domestic workers like nannies and house cleaners, and combating human trafficking. Lydia currently serves as a Judge Advocate General for the Massachusetts Army National Guard and chairs the powerful Committee on Housing focusing on making housing more affordable for veterans, young people, seniors, and the missing middle.

“As State Senator, I’ve taken bold action to make it easier for first-time homebuyers, veterans, and seniors to afford housing, delivered debt-free community college for young adults over 25, and secured millions of dollars for local priorities in Boston, Winthrop, and Revere.”

“I’m running for re-election so that together we can continue to bring down costs so families can afford to live and stay here, address the effects of climate change like coastal flooding, and fight for our fair share of education funding so every child reaches their full potential.”

Lydia Edwards is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Use of her military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense

How to Keep Dogs Safe This Summer

These hot weather tips are brought to you from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, so does the danger of dogs dying in hot cars, left to overheat by negligent owners.

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do to keep dogs safe this summer? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.

1. Never leave a dog in a hot car.

Leaving an animal in a car for any amount of time is dangerous. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death, and in some states negligent owners can face up to one year imprisonment.

If you have your dog with you:

• Plan to visit animal-friendly restaurants and shops.

• Bring a friend who can stay with your dog while you run into a store.

• Leave your dog at home where he is safe and comfortable in the air conditioning.

2. If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life. Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if his life is threatened.

3. Know your rights.

Social media posts have circulated across the country urging people to break a window if they see a dog trapped inside a hot car, but you should know your local laws.

• Only 12 states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Vermont, Oregon, and Tennessee — allow “good Samaritans” to break a car window to save an animal.

• Almost all of those states require “good Samaritans” to contact law enforcement before breaking into the car.

• In 14 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, and Washington).

• In New Jersey and West Virginia, although it is illegal to confine an animal in a hot car, no one has the statutory authority to break into a vehicle to save the animal, not even law enforcement. For more information on keeping dogs safe this summer visit

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