Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Welcome, Michelle Wu!

Following yesterday’s special election for state Senate in the First Suffolk Senate district (Congrats, Linda Dorcena Forry!), MWPC looks forward to upcoming Boston elections. That said, we are very excited to endorse Michelle Wu in her candidacy for Bostons City Councilor At-Large!

Though you may know of her through her work on US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, during which she directed the statewide outreach effort to communities of color, Michelle Wu is a truly multi-faceted individual. Michelle not only knows the importance of family—she is her younger sister’s legal guardian and traveled to Chicago to care for her ill mother—but she also uses her own experiences to make an impact on the community. While in Chicago, Michelle opened a tea shop that featured weekly poetry readings and open mic nights. After relocating her younger siblings to Boston, Michelle chaired the School Site Council for the Eliot K-8 School in the North End and volunteered with the Boston Latin Home and School Association. In addition, Michelle has donated her time to work with survivors of domestic violence and the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center, as well as other health centers around the city.

So, it should come as no surprise that two of her platforms descend from these practices. Focusing on housing and schools, Michelle advocates for accessible, high-quality public school education and for zoning and permitting to encourage residential development near transit stops. Having opened her own small business, Michelle promotes both preparation for jobs with livable wages and opportunity to start individual enterprises. Acknowledging the challenges of maintaining safety in a large city, she further pushes for clean, safe, and complete streets in addition to investment in public transit in hopes of developing sustainable methods of transportation.

Here at MWPC, we are awed by the well-rounded Michelle Wu. A true example of the American Dream, she embodies the characteristics of a woman destined for great leadership: humility, drive, awareness, and compassion. Stay tuned for more news on this inspiring candidate, as MWPC has the privilege of working with her throughout her journey to the Boston City Councilor At-Large position.

For more information, visit Michelle’s website: