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Boston City Councilor, District 7

The Boston City Council has thirteen members: nine district representatives and four at-large members, with no term limits. Four City Council Districts will hold preliminary elections on September 26, 2017. Districts one, two, seven, and nine have all met the candidate requirement to call for a Preliminary Election. Each district race has at least three candidates running. But, the remaining five out of nine District City Council contests will not have a preliminary election.The general election for Boston City Council will take place on Tuesday. November 7, 2017.
  • Rufus J. Faulk

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Boston has a so-called “strong Mayor-weak Council” form of government. What do you consider the most important functions of the City Council?

Boston is a walking city. Yet, despite its long-term goal of Vision Zero (no pedestrian fatalities), so far this year pedestrian deaths have increased. What immediate safety improvements do you propose and support?

As a candidate for City Council, how would you encourage the Mayor and School Committee to invest in universal programs to support early childhood health and development?

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While Boston does have a strong-Mayor form of government, the City Council plays a critical role in the annual budget process. It is the responsibility of the City Council to ensure that the City’s annual spending reflects our needs and priorities as a City. As City Councilor, I will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our young people have access to a high-quality education, that our streets are safe, and that every resident has access to the opportunity that our City has to offer.

Despite it not being a specific defined responsibility of the City Council, I intend on using my office as a bully pulpit for important social justice initiatives and policy goals. I will be an outspoken advocate for making Boston a safe and welcoming city that embraces diversity and is a national leader in tackling poverty, closing the gender wage gap, and eliminating the opportunity divide.
As someone who does not own a car, I am particularly aware of how the lack of access to affordable, reliable, safe public transportation impacts one’s ability to get to work, to school, or to the grocery store. Transportation equity is also a quality of life issue. People living in poorer communities without reliable transportation are more susceptible to food deserts.

The only acceptable number for pedestrian fatalities is zero. I support increased enforcement from BPD, the implementation of traffic calming measures (especially on our busiest cut-throughs and thoroughfares, and the utilization of technology to keep pedestrians safe.

In District 7 specifically, there needs to be greater access to walkable streets outside of neighborhood centers. We must effectively connect our residential neighborhoods with walkable and bike-able means of connecting with transportation hubs.
More than two-thirds of the people living in District 7 earn less than $50,000. Many of the households are headed by single mothers raising their families. I know the challenges that so many families face, because I’ve been there too. Raising my daughter, as a young, single mother was not without struggle and sacrifice. As mothers and caregivers, we want the best for our children. I took the lessons of advocacy from my parents, and began advocating, not only for my daughter, but for all children in our community.

For 20 years, I have been a strong voice for children, families, and my community. As Senior Project Director at Massachusetts Advocates for Children I lead the fight for quality education; advocating for equity, access and opportunity for children of color, children living in poverty, English language learners, and students with disabilities. logo


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