Hello my Bostonian friends,
If you know me… it’s been a rough year, to say the least. Death and family crises have weighed heavily on me and my loved ones. But I am doing my best to make things better and awesomer. I hope enough of you know me well enough that I do not lightly bestow my respect on people. Kindness, yes, sympathy—of course. But my respect is something to be earned. And I have a ton of respect of Marty Walsh, who needs your vote on November 5th.
Marty’s been endorsed by the biggest preliminary Boston mayoral candidates, not to mention countless city officials, state representatives, state senators, and Congresspeople. DotOUT (Dorchester LBGBT organization), Massachusetts Voters for Animals, and National Organization for Women (Massachusetts) are in his corner. Hell, even former-NKOTB Jordan Knight, The Dropkick Murphys, and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys are down with Marty–you can’t get more musically diverse than that. (Plus Marty is backing “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers for our state song—rock cred LOCKED DOWN.)
John Connelly has the endorsement of… well, a bunch of Republicans with money seem to like him. (See The Boston Globe “For Republicans, Connolly is the Democrat of choice” http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/10/26/for-republicans-connolly-democrat-choice/Io0bK4FWjNqsEfLX4cjLDN/story.html )
Marty is pro-working class, pro-choice, pro-LGBT, pro-PoC opportunities, pro-art. Now anybody can have the “right” views, but he is actually GETTING SHIT DONE.
Marty created a pre-apprentice program called Building Pathways, which significantly boosted the number of women and people of color in the trades industry. He backed gay marriage in Massachusetts when it was potentially career and literal suicide—he received DEATH THREATS due to his support of marriage for all. He didn’t waiver. Marty asked an undecided legislator if he wanted to be able to tell his grandchildren that he “voted on the right side of history… this is our Civil Rights Act.” The legislator was kept up at night over the question, but ultimately did the right thing—gay marriage passed.
So how did I become a Marty fan? It was thorough Torrent Engine 18’s issues with getting building permits through City of Boston. At every turn, E. Stephen and I got more bewildered and frantic—no documentation seemed to be right or enough. Through Marty’s team (most notably architect/ninja William Buddy Christopher and artist/public policy powerhouse Kathleen Bitetti), we were able to get on track to occupancy. Without their help, we would still be floundering around like dying fish on hot cement.
One of Marty’s firmest commitments is streamlining the City of Boston permitting systems. That helps homeowners, small business owners, and YOU. Do you want more affordable and better places to live (including artist housing), more diverse cultural events and nightlife? That all depends on permits, baby!
I am not a millionaire. I am not a big power-player. I am just a regular person, and Marty went out of his way to help me out. I am not the only one with a Marty story—he’s helped single mothers get jobs, directed substance abusers to programs to get clean (as a recovered alcoholic himself, he GETS IT), and reached out to kids in bad situations (one who is a friend of mine). Even his rivals can’t find a bad word to say about him personally (not an easy claim to make in this town).
If you live in the Greater Boston area (which includes Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Roslindale), find out where you vote on Tuesday here:
For my friends who are not Boston vote-eligible, please pass the message onto your Boston friends. FB post, tweet, tumblr, whatever. Whoever becomes Boston mayor will have a huge impact on all of Massachusetts and beyond, SO DON’T FUCK THIS UP.
This is going to be a tight, TIGHT race—it may be decided by only a handful of votes. So don’t bitch that Boston is no fun and nothing will change—hire the man who has met with bazillions of Bostonians, LISTENED to what they said, & DID something about it. Vote Marty.
I’m in love with Massachusetts,
Katherine Bergeron, aka Katrina Galore