Re: The Race for Boston Mayor
posted at 9/24/2013 12:13 AM EDT
John Barros for Mayor is the only candidate in this race that has the combination of personal background, professional achievements, skills, vision and values to lead Boston to fulfill its potential and become a world-class city for all of residents in which to live, work, play, grow up, grow old, raise a family, start and run a business, and happily pursue almost any other dream one could have in this city. I think these are some of the reasons that the Boston Globe endorses him as one of two candidates that should be our final options to elect for Mayor in November.
For me, John Barros fairly quickly became the candidate that clearly stood out in the crowded field for several reasons. Primarily, I was looking for a candidate that (1) is not a career politician, and (2) has had experience successfully leading and running a major organization in Boston, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, with demonstrable impact. Having run the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative capably for 13 years and moved the Dudley Street corridor to a better place, John clearly met those criteria.
Here are a few others that are key for me:
- understands the challenges our schools face in improving outcomes for our most disadvantaged students, such narrowing achievement and opportunity gaps, and has deep experience working on the issue? Check.
John Barros has served on the Boston School Committee at the behest of Mayor Menino, and was chosen by Governor Patrick to lead a nascent partnership between Madison Park Technical-Vocational High School and Roxbury Community College. Just as importantly, John was instrumental in founding the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School. John is one of only two candidates (and the other one is not also named John!) that has this depth of hands-on leadership experience with education policy in Boston (and I personally know and very much respect that other candidate).
- very personally understands the challenges that middle class Boston families with children face in this city, having to deal with increasing housing costs, a persistent youth violence problem, underperforming schools etc.? Check.
John and his lovely wife Tchintcia are raising two precious young boys, John and Jeremiah, near the neighborhood John himself grew up in, off of Dudley Street in Uphams Corner.
- understands the challenges that small businesses, especially those on our main streets, face in Boston? Check.
John started Restaurante Cesaria on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester with his brother and two cousins. If you haven't visited yet, check it out some time. Cesaria serves fantastic Cape Verdean cuisine with a cosy ambiance and has become an anchor establishment in an area of town that has more than its fair share of challenges with crime and poverty.
Add to these characteristics so many other appealing aspects of John's biography and, to me, the choice of electing John Barros to be our next Mayor is a slam dunk. Another one of those is that John returned to Boston to work for his community through DSNI after graduating from Dartmouth College and working for the Chubb Insurance group in NYC -- when he must have had several opportunities to stay in the for-profit sector and earn a higher salary.
I could go on, but I will bring this to a close and just share a couple of things for added inspiration to vote for John F Barros on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
If you are unsure whether your vote for John Barros will make a difference, if you are one of those people who feels "I like John, but I don’t see how he's going to win", please know that Team Barros volunteers (led by Matthew Patton, a former staffer from the Deval Patrick and Elizabeth Warren campaigns) has been working vigorously on the ground for months to reach 90,000 Boston voters with John's personal story and his vision for our city. Also, please consider John's own wise words:
"Believe in your vote...Believe in true democracy. Change the conversation from who can win to who do I want to win. That's true empowerment."
Also, if you want to hear about why others are supporting John, please check out the #ItsTime videos of fellow Bostonians on his campaign website at http://www.barrosforboston.com/_itstime.