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City Councilor Andrea Joy Campbell Launches Campaign for Mayor of Boston


Sep 24, 2020

Campbell Releases Video, Will Kickoff Campaign With Speech in Front of Childhood Home in Roxbury at 11AM

BOSTON — Today, Boston City Councilor Andrea Joy Campbell announced her candidacy for Mayor of Boston. A native Bostonian, Campbell is running to bring the city together to break cycles of inequity and injustice, and to give every Bostonian a chance to succeed.

As a City Councilor representing District 4, which includes large sections of Dorchester and Mattapan, as well as pieces of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, Campbell has focused on closing generational inequities in our City, whether in a criminal justice system that is unjust, a school system that under-serves communities of color, or one of the worst racial wealth gaps in America.

“In this profound moment of reckoning for our country and our city, as people rise up to demand change, Boston needs leadership that not only understands, but has lived the systemic inequities facing our residents every day. I’m running for Mayor to confront inequity and racism head-on, and finally make Boston a City that works for everyone,” said Campbell.

Campbell is running on an equity agenda with a record of leadership and vision to deliver effective and impactful solutions in public health and safety, criminal justice, housing, public education, economic development, environmental justice, and racial equity. Throughout the course of the campaign, Andrea will be releasing in-depth policy platforms around these issue-areas and more to demonstrate a path to a more equitable, inclusive Boston.

Campbell’s vision for Boston is driven by her life story. Born and raised in Roxbury and the South End, she and her twin brother Andre lost their mother in a car accident when they were just eight months old, and their father was incarcerated for the first eight years of their lives. For those eight years, Andrea and her siblings grew up with relatives and in foster care, often in public housing and on food assistance. 

As they grew older, Andrea and Andre’s lives went in very different directions. While Andrea’s academic gifts were recognized – putting her on a path to Boston Latin School, Princeton University, and a promising legal career – Andre’s were not. Like too many young Black men in our society, Andre was over-disciplined and under-supported by adults who failed to recognize his potential. He cycled in and out of the criminal justice system and died at age 29 while awaiting trial. Andrea’s family has never been given a full accounting of Andre’s death.

Andrea’s career has been driven by the pain of Andre’s loss and a fundamental question: How can two twins born and raised in Boston have such different life outcomes?

“Boston is where I was born and raised; where I went to five excellent Boston Public Schools, where I started my career in Roxbury, and started my own family in Mattapan; and where I have proudly served my community of District 4 for the past five years. But it’s also where I’ve suffered tremendous pain and loss, and experienced how Boston is a city divided by access to opportunity,” Campbell said. 

“The inequities in access to education, housing that is affordable, good jobs, health care, parks and green space, streets that are clean, and neighborhoods that feel safe are all too familiar to me. But I also know what is possible in Boston, because, by the Grace of God and the opportunities this City afforded me, I stand here today — as a girl who grew up in public housing in Roxbury and the South End, with a family torn apart by incarceration and loss, who could be elected the first Black woman President of the Boston City Council, and today launch a campaign to be the first Black mayor and first woman mayor of the City of Boston,” Campbell added.

Campbell served as Deputy Legal Counsel in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, working to create more equitable systems and deliver progressive change to communities across the Commonwealth. In 2015, Campbell challenged a 32-year incumbent to represent Mattapan, Dorchester, and parts of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale on the City Council. Nobody in the political establishment gave her a chance. But she built a movement and she shocked those in power, ushering in a new generation of leadership for her community. 

Since then, Campbell has been a leader for equity, justice, and opportunity for all in Boston. As the first Black woman to serve as Boston City Council President, she championed an agenda that put racial equity at the top of Boston’s priority list. For years, she’s led the fight to reform our police and criminal legal systems and pushed our City and school leaders to act urgently to provide a quality public education to every student.

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Campbell will launch her campaign today with a speech and media availability at 11:00AM at 1850 Washington Street in Roxbury, the public housing building where she lived with her grandmother and in foster care during her early childhood.

WHAT: Andrea Campbell for Mayor Campaign Launch

WHERE: 1850 Washington Street Roxbury, MA 02118

WHEN: 11:00AM today

To RSVP for the event, please email [email protected]

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