Meet Jay Livingstone, State Senate Candidate

Jay Livingstone spoke at the Ward 3 Democrats Candidates Forum this week and took questions from committee members.

Livingstone has been the State Representative since 2013 for the 8th Suffolk District in Boston, consisting of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End and parts of Cambridge. Livingstone hopes to utilize his experience as Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Representative Livingstone is endorsed by Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his law degree from George Washington Law School.

Rep. Livingstone spoke about his time in the House as a legislator focusing on supporting early education and working families. He wants to rehabilitate the criminal justice system, including eliminating many of the mandatory minimums. He favors decriminalizing marijuana, increasing the minimum wage and local liquor license control. In the Q&A, Livingstone emphasized issues related to excessive development and liquor licensing saturation in neighborhoods, such as the North End.

Candidates are vying to fill the First Suffolk and Middlesex district seat left open by the recent resignation of Anthony Pettruccelli. The district includes Boston’s North End / Waterfront, Beacon Hill, East Boston as well as Revere, Winthrop and parts of Cambridge. All candidates are running as Democrats with the Special State Primary Election set for April 12th.

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