At Large

Michelle Wu

In our inaugural year, we are not only thrilled to support Council President Michelle Wu for reelection, but we are awarding her our Golden Road award, for her tireless advocacy during her time in office. Michelle deeply understands that walking, biking and riding transit are the most important modes of transportation in the city and that expanding them are the only way that we will reach our climate and equity goals. There has been no stronger ally in all of City Hall than Michelle; whether it is penning passionate Op-Eds in the Boston Globe, holding a series of expert lectures for Boston City Council on sustainable mobility, fighting for increased Vision Zero funding or listening when an advocate has a concern, Michelle is there. Walk, run, wheel or tap your pass on the way to the ballot box and vote for Michelle Wu.


Ayanna Pressley

StreetsPAC Mass is pleased to endorse incumbent City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.Pressley’s political career spans more than 18 years, in various behind-the-scene capacities at the federal level of government. She previously worked as a Senior Aide for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and Senator John Kerry. Now Seeking her 5th council term, Pressley has been a tireless advocate in support of women and girls and the role of communities in supporting their health from her position as chair of the council’s Committee on Women, Healthy Communities, and Families, a committee she also helped to create. Pressley also “gets it” on transportation issues, responding to the Vision Zero Coalition questionnaire’s inquiry about expanding the city’s bike network with a succinct summation that any right-thinking candidate should be able to get behind: “Many of Boston’s neighborhoods have bike lanes, but few are protected. Bike lanes need to be protected so they’re safe and accessible for everyone. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the City Council to create a network of interconnected, meaningful bike infrastructure across Boston.”


Annissa Essaibi George

StreetsPAC Mass endorses AnnissaEssaibi-George in this Tuesday’s primary election.  In her first term on the City Council, Essaibi-George regularly expressed support for initiatives such as the City’s dynamic parking pricing pilot and implementation of protected bike lanes and traffic-calming measures.  Her survey responses include, among other things:
·        a call for an interconnected network of protected bike lanes;
·        a call for increased funding for bicycle infrastructure; and
·        support for active-aging initiatives.
We would like to see Essaibi-George give more priority to active-mobility and equitable-streets issues than she has to date and to assume more of a leadership role on the Council than she has to date.  We also disagree with a number of her positions, including her opposition to fees for residential parking permits and to automated enforcement.  However, we believe that her performance to date has been solid enough to warrant another term in which she would have the opportunity to demonstrate the sincerity of her commitment to moving Boston forward to a healthier, cleaner, more livable urban future.


Domingos DaRosa

For the final at-large position, StreetsPAC Mass endorses newcomer Domingos DaRosa. DaRosa originally hails from Cape Verde, but has been a Bostonian for almost 40 years, immigrating with his parents as an infant. DaRosa’s long-standing commitment to the city’s youth (though he now runs a property management business, he previously worked at the Boston Centers for Youth and Families for 18 years) is one of the hallmarks of his campaign. Indeed, his commitment to the education of Boston is untiring, leading year-round programs in football, basketball, soccer, swimming, skiing retreats, ultimate frisbee and baseball. We at StreetsPAC MASS especially liked his response to the Vision Zero Coalition’s questionnaire inquiry about what he would do to improve cycling in Boston: “We need to educate the public on bikers rights! The state needs to add bikers rights to the license process!"


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