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Mass Alliance is proud to support Brian LaPierre for Lynn City Council-At-Large in the 2015 municipality. Having worked in education and social services for decades, Brian understands what the residents Lynn really need from their elected officials, and he has a progressive vision for the future. He believes in holding elected officials to a high standard of accountability, and he really promotes accessible public engagement on multiple levels.
Brian LaPierre has been active in the Lynn community his whole life, as he was educated in Lynn Public Schools before graduating from Salem State College with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and he currently resides in Lynn with his wife and two sons. Brian has worked with various youth organizations and has served as a Lynn teacher, and he now works as a political organizer for American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts.
This experience in education has led him to develop a vision for safer streets, better schools, and an economic development plan that strengthens the entire Lynn community- namely, ensuring affordable property taxes for all his residents. His work with various state officials has built him a network of influence that reaches beyond the City of Lynn, and he plans to use these relationships as platforms for promoting the real needs of his all of constituents. Brian knows that standing on progressive values really means speaking with and listening to those members of his community whose voices are heard the least and whose concerns are seldom acknowledged.
Mass Alliance is proud to support long-time political activist and community organizer Jean-Claude Sanon for Boston City Councilor District 5. A father and grandfather, Jean-Claude understands the need for adequate public school funding, affordable healthcare for folks of all ages, access to good job training and capital for small businesses, and smarter, more effective approaches to public safety. Jean-Claude believes that these policy changes- combined with a continued commitment to promoting civic engagement among young progressives- can really make his district flourish as a diverse community and respond to the needs of even some of his most historically-marginalized constituents.
Born in Haiti, Jean-Claude Sanon has been living in Boston since arriving here at the age of 16. He graduated from Boston English High School before earning a degree in Computer Sciences from Newbury College, and he has since studied history, political science, law, management, and art at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Cambridge College, and Suffolk University.
After more than two decades working in American private firms and Haitian social institutions, Jean-Claude Sanon has been delivering constituent services and directing his own business that provides immigration legal services- all while still serving as a board member of progressive organizations such as the Union Minority Neighborhood, Caribbean Political Action Committee, Haitian American United, and the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative. He has been registering voters in underserved communities for decades, and his work delivering constituent and immigration services has catalyzed an local emerging electorate of largely progressive young voters.
Khrystian King is a social worker with over 20 years of leadership experience in the Worcester community. From his work with SEIU Local 509 to his 18-year investment in running the Crompton Park Summer Basketball League, Khrystian really knows what his people need from those who represent them and has dedicated himself to deep community engagement for decades.
Khrystian is bold and thoughtful when it comes to finding solutions for issues facing the Department of Children and Families, often advocating for youth who are denied various educational and social opportunities. In a climate of racial divisiveness in Worcester, Khrystian is running to bring voice to the voiceless and turn this city council seat into a platform for progressive values.
Khrystian first ran for office in 2013 when he sought the legislative seat formerly held by Representative John P. Fresolo in Worcester. This election season, Khrystian has the support of four out of five state representatives in Worcester- John J. Mahoney, Daniel M. Donahue, Mary S. Keefe, and James O’Day.
Mass Alliance is proud to support Greenfield’s Rudy Renaud, current Precinct 7 Town Council Member and Town Council Vice President, for City Council At-Large in the 2015 municipality. Rudy's deep understanding of and progressive vision for Greenfield is rooted in her ten years of experiences as a community organizer with the labor movement- currently, Rudy serves as the Organizing Director for SEIU Local 888.
Rudy was born and raised in Lowell Massachusetts before moving to Greenfield in 2005, where she now lives with her wife. Long-time community advocate, Rudy has used her position in Town Council since 2011 to fight for progressive values and diverse communities- including, through her work with SEIU Local 888 and her volunteering at the Warming Center, Service Net, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Rudy’s experience in labor organizing and in local LGBTQ activism has really complemented her legislative work, and she has demonstrated her commitment to progressive politics on multiple levels. Rudy knows what her constituents need from those who serve them and she is ready to represent folks whose voices are often missing from local legislature.
Kim Rivera is a community activist who has worked behind the scenes on many of Springfield’s best political campaigns and initiatives over the past several years. Kim is running for Ward 6 City Councilor this election season, and she is ready to be the bridge the gap between the residents of Springfield and their elected officials.
Kim has personally experienced the struggles of poverty as a single mother of three, and she is determined to help others break the cycle of hunger, embarrassment, and loneliness that plagues so many folks in the community. Kim will work to broaden opportunities for all Springfield residents, and she has already begun to build relationships with law enforcement in order to better integrate and the community. She currently works in the Springfield Public Schools and is a Home Health Care Aid, helping to support individuals with developmental disabilities live independent and fulfilling lives.
Solving problems and building consensus is not new for Kim, who overcame homelessness and seemingly impossible barriers to raise three successful children. One of her children, Amaad Rivera, is the former Ward 6 Councilor and his work inspired Kim to view herself as someone who could run and win. Kim is truly in touch with what her community needs from its elected officials, and she has demonstrated time and time again her dedication to responding to the concerns of folks with all different identities and experiences.
Long-time resident of Springfield, Marcus Williams has always been aware of how he and his community members have been represented in the local legislature- and he knows very well that it is time Springfield local officials to really reflect the interests of their constituents. Marcus has a progressive vision for the future of Springfield, and we are excuted to support him on his campaign for the Ward 5 seat.
Marcus has a long history in Massachusetts progressive politics, as he served as head canvasser for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Springfield office in 2012 and then served as the Western Massachusetts field organizer for gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick in 2014. Marcus currently works as the Contracts and Grants Coordinator at the YWCA in Springfield, securing local, state and federal funding for the nonprofit. He has a mission to empower women and minorities, combat sexual violence, bridge the local education gap, and really listen to what those in Ward 5 need from their representatives.
Marcus is ready to take on this race and bring his vision for moving Springfield forward to local office.
Mass Alliance is so excited to support Linda Parham for City Council At Large in Worcester this election season. Linda, who has always been deeply in touch with her local community through her ministry, community advocacy, grassroots organizing, public health policy development, and much more, really knows what it means to push forward ideas that support her residents of all backgrounds and identities. She works hard every single day to re-engage in the democratic process those community members who feel least supported by their representatives.
Linda founded and served as the Executive Director of the Skills Group Center Inc., a non-profit, faith-based organization built around a model of social justice-based community health policy development, before founding and heading the non-profit UNITEY CDC, which motivates youth and young adults to revitalize their communities by encouraging community and civic engagement. She currently sits on the Worcester executive board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and has chaired the Communities of Color Outreach Committee of the Worcester Democratic City Committee. As an ordained minister, Linda has remained dedicated to working with women, people newly arrived in America and Worcester, and folks with disabilities. Linda has also helped to build leaders of the African Diaspora in her local community, provide financial literacy and education to those in need, and to collaborate with other health advocates to create programs to assist those living with disabilities. She knows what it’s like to live in a system that can marginalize or silence parts of one’s identity, as her own past experiences with disability and homelessness have helped construct her understanding of what those in her community need the most from their local government
All and all, the reputation Linda has built for being incredibly effective in her community work will carry with her as she takes her dedication to progressive values to the Worcester City Council. Mass Alliance stands with Linda in her vision for a Worcester that truly responds to the needs of all its residents.
Jim Blatchford currently serves on the Lawrence School Committee and has been an incredibly strong leader in Massachusetts democratic politics for many years. A life-long resident of Lawrence, Jim understands what it means to be invested long-term in the community. Jim has been a dedicated advocate for families and neighborhoods all throughout Lawrence, and his work as a Merrimack Valley Youth Court coordinator has helped some of the city's most vulnerable youth stay focused on continuing their education and reducing truancy.
Jim believes in accountability and transparency in local government, and he is ready to bring his dedication to truly representing his constituents to office. We know how important it is for the City of Lawrence to have elected officials who listen to the needs of their residents, particularly those new to the community who are coming from different backgrounds, and Jim has built a reputation of doing just that.
Previously serving on Medford's City Council for 16 years and ready to bring that fire back to local office, Stephanie Burke will use her progressive values to further the city of Medford as City Mayor. Stepanie currently serves as Medford’s Director of Personnel and Budget, and her background in finance has given her a deep understanding of what it means to develop a city's economy with all of its residents' needs in mind.
Stephanie is a life-long resident of Medford and she has experience as a local businesswoman. She has a vision for Medford as one of Greater Boston's best places for economic development. Stephanie understands what families need from their representatives, and has a plan to create truly affordable housing and open public spaces for art. Stephanie knows that investing in infrastructure, clean air and water, and public schools all contributes to Medford's overall public health.
Deeply committed to inclusion and diversity, Stephanie Muccini Burke will be a mayor who promotes and encourages the cultural competency of Medford's community members, city government, and businesses. Mass Alliance is excited to endorse her for the 2015 election.