Jordan Willow Evans is a community activist and municipal officeholder in the town of Charlton, Massachusetts. She’s a vocal advocate for inclusivity with experience working for advocacy organizations and with government bodies of all levels and educational entities. She also has bylines in the Advocate, the Telegram & Gazette, the CommonWealth Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star. Jordan holds her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Worcester State University and her Associate Degree in the Liberal Arts from Quinsigamond Community College. She is a lifetime member of Phi Alpha Theta. She’s deeply sorry for this bio being in third person and honestly has no idea how to stop it at this point.
Elected Officeholder and Appointed Official
Jordan proudly serves the town of Charlton, Massachusetts where she was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the Charlton Public Library in 2015. The following year, she was elected to the office of Constable where she has advocated for more public education of the position. In 2019, she successfully ran for the one year seat of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee. She continues to serve in all three positions. Jordan was awarded the 2019 Safe Homes Public Service Award for her work within her community as an openly queer individual.
Alongside her electoral involvement, Jordan has also volunteered for her community in multiple appointed positions. She has been an active member of the Charlton Cultural Council since 2011 and was involved with organizing the Council’s social media presence and first annual grant award gala. She continues to be involved as the non-voting grant coordinator. She was also a member of her local Registrar of Voters and was secretary of the ad hoc Charlton Government Study Committee.
Civil Rights Activist
As an openly transgender woman in both electoral and partisan politics, Jordan has used her unique position of privilege to work with queer rights organizations across the political spectrum to advance the cause of inclusivity. She worked with Log Cabin Republicans in briefing members of the Department of Education on the importance of transgender student rights and coauthored “Transgender Student Safety and Equality For All Students”, a formal white paper in response to the Trump Administration’s February 2017 decision to rescind an Obama Administration era transgender student guidance. Jordan was featured in Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World.
Jordan has a firm commitment to civil rights and the need to bring awareness to systemic injustices plaguing the marginalized within our society. She is a member of the Board of Directors of MassEquality. She fought for the passage of the 2016 transgender public accommodations bill and worked alongside Freedom for Massachusetts to lobby lawmakers on Beacon Hill. She was later involved with local canvassing efforts and successfully advocated for the passage of a resolution that saw the Charlton Board of Selectmen and the Charlton Public Library formally join the Yes On 3 campaign coalition to preserve transgender public accommodation rights in Massachusetts. She was the founder of Colors, a support program for queer members of the disability community which ran from 2017 to 2019 through Seven Hills Family Services.
In 2013 and again in 2017, Jordan helped to reorganize the Charlton Republican Town Committee. She served as the recording secretary and as the party’s Registrar of Voters to the town government. Jordan stood as a candidate for delegate to the Republican National Convention during the 2016 party caucuses and was a twice-elected state delegate to the 2014 and 2018 Massachusetts Republican Party State Conventions. She was a 2020 candidate for Republican State Committeewoman in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex district on the Presidential Primary ballot.
Jordan is a former member of Log Cabin Republicans and supporter of Outright Libertarians. She is a member of the Outright Policy Team and current Massachusetts State Coordinator for the organization. She firmly believes that queer issues need to be addressed from an ideologically diverse lens in order to help people view them as human rights issues and not partisan issues, but that means addressing them and not simply paying service to them as a way to justify oppressive policies.
Ballot Access Reformer
Jordan believes that ballot accessibility is a key step toward making our electoral system more equitable as a whole. She has written editorials on such topics as reducing signature requirements as a form of pandemic safety and Automatic Voter Registration as a tool for disability inclusion. She briefly worked with the office of then-Massachusetts legislator Dan Winslow to garner support for a set of bills seeking to reduce signature requirements for public office and redefine the meaning of “party designation” respectively. She presented her undergraduate thesis analyzing the cultural and societal implications of ballot access law, “Ballot Access as Part of the American Political System”, at the New England Historical Association’s 2015 Spring conference on a panel on American identity.
Jordan is an occasional contributor to Independent Political Report, where she primarily reports on alternative party activity. A proponent of electoral reform and investing in ways to strengthen access to our democratic institutions, she has been an open advocate of organizations such as Voter Choice Massachusetts and the adoption of ranked choice voting within the Commonwealth.
The views expressed on this site are strictly her own and do not represent the views of any department, committee, or agency unless stated otherwise.