Let's build a more welcoming, safe, and just city for all those who call Medford home. 

I’ve spent most of the past decade in Medford – first as an undergraduate at Tufts University, where I graduated in 2015, and now as a renter in South Medford. Over the years, this community has become precious to me. I’ve made homes in the apartments I’ve rented in South Medford, and proudly based my art practice and small business here. I love exploring Medford’s neighborhoods, parks and green spaces. 

 

Another thing I love about Medford is that this community doesn’t shy away from difficult challenges and hard conversations. I’m inspired by the diligent advocacy of Medford community groups – from organizing support for our immigrant neighbors, to strengthening networks of mutual aid, and working to keep housing affordable. And I’m proud of the work that the city has begun on issues like sustainability and acknowledging systemic racism. 

That said, we have much more work to do – as a city, we must do more to meet these challenges at the level of urgency that they actually represent. ​

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  • The housing crisis is at our door. As a renter myself, I understand the insecurity of being on a lease cycle in a city that’s quickly becoming more expensive. In Medford, over 40% of households are renter-occupied; we must act with urgency to ensure that our friends and neighbors are not forced to leave their homes and neighborhoods by rising rents. We need to make bolder goals for affordable housing, establish an Office of Housing Stability, and promote renter protections using the mouthpiece of City Hall.

  • Climate change is a real threat. I’ll work to develop concrete climate change resiliency plans for all neighborhoods in Medford, move up the target for carbon neutrality, and expand incentives for homeowners to reduce the carbon footprint of their properties. 

  • Ensuring a safe and secure Medford for all. I believe that every city in America can, and must, improve how it protects its residents; and that includes Medford. We must invest in alternative crisis response teams, and fully fund the social services that keep our residents safe and well. 

  • Prioritizing our community’s basic needs. People experience food insecurity in Medford every day, and that’s unacceptable. We must mobilize every resource to eradicate hunger in Medford, and make it a clear priority to meet every resident’s basic needs. 

  • A more transparent and representative City Hall. If elected, I will hold myself accountable to centering the perspectives and needs of all those who do not see themselves adequately represented in city government.

I’m running for Medford City Council for the opportunity to create bold, ambitious goals for Medford to uplift and protect its residents – both right now, and for future generations. 

For as long as I’ve lived in Medford, I’ve felt safe and welcome here. Until that’s true for every Medford resident, we have our work cut out for us.

Photography by Suhayl

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