I am running for State Representative in the 6th Suffolk District as a Democrat. I have lived in this district for most of my adult life. I have been very active in local organizations and initiatives that aim to address pressing community concerns, including jobs and economic development, reducing school dropout rates, domestic violence, affordable housing, and public safety. As part of my work as president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP, I worked to combat issues of injustice and to promote equality. I am running for state representative as an extension of my work in the community.
I decided that I wanted to run for elective office because I saw the Legislature as a place where I can make the most difference in the lives of the residents in my district.
I believe state government has a vital role to play in insuring our public health and public safety, our children’s education and well being from the earliest age, and providing essential services for our seniors. I am excited about the prospect of bringing my experience and skills to this arena and believe I can and will make a difference.
I plan to work hand in hand and hand with community groups such as the Clare Avenue Neighborhood Association in Hyde Park, the Archdale/Casserly House Neighbors in Roslindale, the Codman Square Neighborhood Council and the Community Improvement Association in Dorchester, and the new Olmsted Green Community in Mattapan. I also plan to work closely with the Boston Police Department Community Service Offices throughout the district.
I recognize the difficulties facing the ability of state governments to provide essential services under tight fiscal constraints. I believe there are solutions and options available to address the need for affordable and accessible health care, housing, workforce development and education.
I have been closely following public policy and legislative issues for the past eight years and feel I am prepared to serve the people of this district.
I am proud that the following organizations and elected officials have endorsed my candidacy:
Massachusetts Womens Political Caucus, Boston Teachers Union, American Federation of Teachers, Mass Equality, NARAL ProChoice Massachusetts; The National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts, Local 26 UNITE Hotel and Restaurant Workers, Bay State Stonewall Democrats, Local 67 Regional Carpenters Union, Oiste, the Victory Fund, the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, the National Organization of Women-Massachusetts; State Representatives Willie Mae Allen, Gloria Fox, Liz Malia, Mary Walsh, Carl Scortino, Alice Wolf, and Jeffrey Sanchez, former Rep. Marie St. Fleur, City Councillors Rob Consalvo and Maureen Feeney, Former City Councilor John Tobin, and Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral.