With a special election to fill the vacated 9th Suffolk seat coming up on May 30th, the Ward 4 Dems welcomed candidates John Moran and Chary Ortiz at our March meeting. The Boston Sun‘s Dan Murphy was also on hand to cover the important kick-off event and capture the platforms of the two contenders:
“John Moran said he has a ‘proven track record’ when it comes to affordable housing, dating back to his involvement in a proposed market-rate apartment development project at 115 Worcester St., which sits adjacent to Concord Houses in the South End. Moran, who bought his first home with his partner, Michael, on Waltham Street in the South End in 1997, said, ‘The issue is that’s not possible anymore.’ As state representative, Moran said he would create more affordable home-ownership opportunities ‘so people can settle down, plant their root here, and live their lives.’ Asked if he would support a city home-rule petition on rent control, Moran responded that he ‘fundamentally believes that cities and towns should make their own decisions relative to rent control.’
Amparo ‘Chary’ Ortiz, also of the South End, is a longtime BU School of Public Health administrator and a single mother of two children, both now attending Boston Public Schools. Ortiz, who grew up in the Cathedral housing projects, said she knows firsthand some of the challenges facing people in her district, as she too has often lived paycheck to paycheck…As state representative, Ortiz said she would champion the causes of affordable home-ownership opportunities in the district; ‘youth development in our classrooms:’ and community outreach in regard to public safety. Ortiz said she ultimately intends to foster ‘a community that comes together to make everyone in the neighborhood stronger,’ something, she said, that ‘cannot be done if we don’t unify.’”
Read the full article in the December 23rd issue of The Boston Sun.