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Hello!

I was elected to the Northampton City Council in 2013 representing Ward 3. I was re-elected in 2015, and chosen by my colleagues to serve as Council Vice-President in 2016.

Below are some of the projects I have worked on:


Affordability

  • Fighting for affordable housing downtown on Pleasant Street.

  • Amending the stormwater ordinance to prevent unfair billing and make the fee more progressive.

Democracy and Good Government

  • Writing the first ordinance in the Commonwealth to create a local campaign finance system with lower contribution limits than the state's.

  • Creating an ongoing policy in Northampton public schools whereby students are notified of their ability to register to vote online on the first day of school and upon turning 18.

  • Leading a ground-up revision of the City Council Rules, reorganizing its committees and creating new mechanisms for public participation and transparency.

Environment and Economy

  • Proposing the first resolution in a Massachusetts city against an unnecessary and reckless fracked gas pipeline that would run through Western Mass.

  • Calling for Northampton to adopt Massachusetts' Earned Sick Time legislation for municipal workers.

  • Strengthening park space and energy standards for larger developments in our zoning code.

The Community

  • Serving as Chair of the Transportation and Parking Commission, and working on traffic calming and pedestrian safety citywide.

  • Advocating for everyday needs of my constituents, like the upkeep of streets and sidewalks.

  • Holding frequent coffees and public forums, and staying in touch with the great people I represent!

Biography

I was born in Springfield in 1980 and went to public schools in the Valley, graduating from UMass in 2002. My mother and father were married at St. Mary's Church and lived for a number of years on Isabella Street. When my parents separated, my mother and I moved to Amherst, where I grew up.

In my professional life, I have worked for many years with nonprofit organizations such as Common Cause on issues of campaign finance reform, ethics and government transparency and continue to do that kind of work today as an independent consultant.

Before joining the City Council, I was a board member of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and the Northampton Living Wage Coalition. I live on Day Avenue.


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