I am honored to serve my neighbors in Ward 7 on Northampton City Council and look forward to continuing this work!
Thank you for your support! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community with another term on City Council.
When elected to City Council in fall of 2019, I could never have imagined what my first term would look like. A pandemic and a profound social movement forced us to re-imagine how we meet, how we govern, how we care for each other and what it means to be in a community. During this time, I have met with so many of you virtually and heard your concerns about safety, equity, COVID-19 testing and vaccine access, the climate emergency, and reinvigorating our villages of Florence and Leeds, and so much more.
Bringing in new voices is one of the reasons I ran for City Council in 2019 and it’s been a priority in all my work on the council. Here are just a few examples of how we worked together this term:
- Listened and advocated for Ward 7 seniors through weekly Northampton Neighbors meeting.
- Acted as a voice for residents around Meadow St., the Mill River, Spring Grove, North Farms Rd and others
- Co-sponsored the Plastic Reduction and Sustainability Ordinance
- Advocated for the successful Opt-Out of the State’s aerial, pesticide mosquito spraying program
- Advocated for proper social service funding in the new Department of Community Care
Throughout this term, in every vote I have taken, every resolution I have sponsored, I have tried to be true to my goal to demystify the workings of municipal government and make it a more accessible to everyone, and to listen to and involve more people in how it works. Whether it’s trying to help resolve a conflict between residents and city government, or ensuring that all the people of Northampton can have access to public safety, I seek out and listen to all voices. As Chair of the Select Committee on Council Rules, I’ll work hard to make sure we make the most of technology to unmute more voices.
I am honored to continue this work and to do even more to demystify city government and bring the voices of Leeds and Florence to City Hall in the coming years. Thank you for your continued support!