Greetings BMGers! My name is Christine Barber and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you. I’m a candidate in the open seat race to represent Somerville’s Ward 4 on our city’s Board of Aldermen. I would love to have your support whether you live in Ward 4, elsewhere in Somerville, or anywhere across the Commonwealth – and that support can begin simply by “Like-ing” my Facebook page and following my Twitter feed.
I have spent my career advocating for the well-being of Massachusetts residents. Currently, I’m Senior Policy Analyst at the non-profit health advocacy organization Community Catalyst, where I work with local and state advocates focused on improving the health care system, providing in-depth analysis and strategic counsel. I listen to patients’ problems with the health care system and find solutions to improve health care access and coverage. Prior to working at Community Catalyst, I served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts State Legislature, working on budget analysis and the state’s landmark health care law. WBUR’s Carey Goldberg recently interviewed me for her article “Q&A: When A Health Wonk Runs For Office” to get a sense of the intersection between policy expertise and the political process in an advocate’s campaign for public office.
In fact, it is that commitment to advocacy that drives my campaign. Somerville’s Ward 4 (which includes Winter Hill and Ten Hills neighborhoods) is growing, and our community needs and deserves a hard-working advocate who will listen to input from the community and bring people together. I’m a former leader of the Marshall Street Area Neighborhood Group, and I currently serve on Ward 4’s Democratic Ward Committee. My top priorities include advocating for residents’ interests in the Green Line extension, keeping housing affordable, continuing to strengthen our schools and to maintain public safety, and working with neighbors to revitalize our neighborhood and support local economic development.
Before any one single issue, I recognize the importance of working hand-in-hand with members of the community and providing top-notch constituent service. I pledge to be an accessible representative to the Board of Aldermen who embraces transparency and makes sure that members of the community are involved in the important decisions affecting their daily lives in Somerville.
Two weeks ago, our campaign had its official kickoff, where I was joined by about one hundred supporters. I was thrilled to have in attendance so many progressive leaders representing Somerville, including State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representatives Carl Sciortino and Denise Provost, and Somerville Board of Aldermen President Rebekah Gewirtz. Last week, I picked up nomination papers from the City Clerk’s office, and we are underway gathering signatures.
I would love to have your support to help win this election. If you would like to volunteer for our campaign or join our mailing list, please e-mail us at Barber4Alderman@gmail.com. Financial support in any amount would also be greatly appreciated, and you can make a contribution right on our website at http://ChristineBarber4Somerville.com/. And, of course, please “Like” our campaign on Facebook and follow our campaign’s Twitter feed. I thank you and look forward to meeting you on the campaign trail!