BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — New Bedford-native businessman and author Steve Pemberton is ending his 2020 bid for the United States Senate against Senator Ed Markey.
In a statement about his decision Pemberton talks about his background as a bi-racial foster child lost in an over-burdened system. He says that his campaign ran into "an impenetrable wall of legacy and birthright – of incumbency and connections – that so often has stifled and blocked diverse and urgent voices from succeeding in the political arena."
Pembeton says he will continue to serve those forgotten and left behind in society, promising never to stop believing in the people of Massachusetts.
Senator Markey reacting to the news in a statement says, "I thank Steve Pemberton for his contribution to this primary race and for his commitment to running a campaign that elevated the voices of the marginalized so that their potential could be maximized."
Markey writes Pemberton has a "has a powerful voice, and we will all benefit from his continued leadership in public service. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.”