Lydia Edwards spoke at the Ward 3 Democratic Committee Candidate Night on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017. Recently, State Senator Joe Boncore endorsed Edwards for District 1 City Council.
Edwards, currently the Deputy Director for Housing Stability, is an East Boston resident. She is the daughter of a veteran, which she says has instilled in her a sense of service to her community. When Edwards was a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, she spent her time focused on fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. For more on Edwards’ background, see her About Lydia page on her website.
Regarding Edwards’ key issues, she has a great amount of detail explaining her stances on her issues page. Her top three issues are: Housing & Development, Education, and Transportation & Parking. At (06:00) in the video, Edwards speaks about AirBnb’s in Boston. She says, “What I am completely against are folks buying up a multi family, and then air b-ing every single unit.” Edwards referred to this as “running an underground hotel.”
On Education, Edwards says “Quality, free, local education is a necessity for any chance in today’s world.” She supports universal Pre-K for Boston students so that parents can further their career while leaving their children in a “safe, wholesome environment.” Edwards also believes in increasing the amount of after school programs along with music and art classes.
Edwards plans to use a pilot program for parking passes if elected city councilor. She believes parking rules should be more heavily enforced so that residents in District 1 will be able to find a space to park their car more easily. Edwards is also a supporter of reducing vehicle traffic while increasing the amount of bicycle options in the city and supporting the use of public transportation.
Watch the video of Edwards speaking at the Ward 3 Candidates Night for full coverage. You can find out more information about Lydia Edwards on her website.
Candidates running for District 1 City Council include: Stephen Passacantilli (Endorsed by Ward 3 Democrats), Margaret Farmer, and Lydia Edwards. District 1 includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. The preliminary election will be on September 26th, 2017. The two candidates selected from that election will appear on the general municipal election ballot on November 7th, 2017.
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