Kate Vander Wiede of the South End News interviews State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the North End, South End and areas of downtown in the 3rd Suffolk District.
In another life, the Northeastern Journalism grad could have been a sports writer. But instead, Aaron Michlewitz has taken on the position of 3rd Suffolk State Representative. Put in office by voters in a June 2009 special election, Michlewitz took the place of Sal DeMasi, a man whose long tenure in office was tarnished by allegations of bid-rigging. With an intense appreciation for the neighborhood he represents, Michlewitz has taken to his job with vigor and while politics may not be his lifetime calling, Michlewitz has hit a few home runs. He got the green ticket bill passed, a victory that will help keep the North End trash-free, and he is starting the North to South Foundation with longtime friend Matthew Imbergamo, a future 501(c)(3) that will offer scholarships to students in return for community service within the 3rd Suffolk District. Currently working on pushing through a bilingual ballot bill, Michlewitz met me at the Buttery to talk shop about his old boss, the relationships he’s made in office and that not-quite-so-new technology, Twitter.