I am running for a seat on the Boston City Council because I truly believe in the power of government and public policy not just to sustain people, but to uplift them.
I have spent a lifetime putting my values into action serving others, working to improve my community, and heeding the call of civic duty. I have consistently sought out opportunities to help others, whether successfully changing state policy to increase student representation on the Board of Higher Education as a college student; serving constituents as a staff member for elected officials like Boston City Councilors John Tobin, Sam Yoon, and Governor Deval Patrick; or working to help community organizations like East Boston Main Streets and the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts meet and exceed their goals.
Now, I’m hoping to put my experiences, education, and work ethic to use in service of my fellow Bostonians as an at-large member of the Boston City Council.
I am running for a seat on the Boston City Council because I truly believe in the power of government and public policy not just to sustain people, but to uplift them. I believe this because I have lived this story. As the son of a newly single mother with three kids and questions about how she would make ends meet I remember how support from government programs helped keep food on the table and gave our family the breathing room we needed to find our way.
Government provided a new career for my mom, one that brought us to Massachusetts. It gave my sisters and I educational opportunities from elementary school through college; and provided 2 of the 3 of us with careers in public service - just like our parents. It was a government program that provided a pathway to home ownership for my wife and I - a home that became the key asset allowing us to grow as a family and find a way to stay in Boston.
At point after point my life has been shaped by government. But I know that government does not happen in a vacuum; it is the manifestation of the intention of those crafting it. If it wasn’t for someone taking the time to work with our family when I was a child, there is no food assistance for us. If it wasn’t for the intention and effort of people managing programs as we were growing up there would not have been good schools and safe streets in our neighborhood. If not for people long ago believing that government had a role in providing higher education opportunities for everyday people, I would not have a college degree and a fulfilling career in public service.
I have a lifetime of experiences impacted by government, by those in government service whom I will never know but whose work has had a deep and profound impact on my life. Whether working to support our schools so that they can be and do their best; focusing on ways to ensure that all streets are safe, regardless of neighborhood; creating pathways to economic prosperity for all Bostonians; or breaking down barriers to bring government closer to citizens; I will work everyday as a member of the Boston City Council to show my gratitude through service defined by character, creativity, and courage. At every point in my adult life I have chosen Boston. Now, with your help, I ask Boston to choose me.