AFFORDABILITY

Any family that wants to stay and work in Somerville should be able to do so. This is a problem that affects everyone, our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends. It’s not a far off problem, it’s around every corner, it’s a topic in every coffee shop and it’s making our community weaker when we need to come together and be stronger.

We’ve got an affordable housing crisis in Somerville. How could anyone hear the pleas of citizens desperate to stay in their beloved community and do nothing?

My impatience drives me to listen to those in the community and work with the best and the brightest minds to find immediate and long term policy solutions. There are other cities and countries that have experimented with sensible solutions to the affordable housing crisis for years. Some communities have affordable rental-to-homeownership programs to ensure that their residents can stay in their communities. This is one of the many policy solutions that must be considered if we are going to keep Somerville a community for everyone.

We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We can incorporate successful systems from other regions and make them purely Somerville.

Kristen expressing her support in the state house of Somerville’s 1% transfer fee.

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

My goal as a local advocate and activist is to focus on ensuring the betterment for all Somerville residents. I have a proven track record of doing this in my work as a Commissioner and I will continue that work as your city councilor.

One of the the first things I want to champion is food insecurity. The Somerville Wellbeing Report estimates that 60 percent of those that qualify for SNAP benefits aren’t taking them. As your city councilor, I want to prioritize synchronizing our Somerville systems so that enrollment in food insecurity programs like food stamps are not cumbersome.  

Another passion of mine is access. As your city councilor, I want to ensure that everyone in our community is included and brought along in government processes. I am committed to work in community with local business owners, activists groups, seniors, parents, artists and our the rest of our diverse community to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.


ENVIRONMENT

Air quality and noise pollution affect our quality of life. I want to work toward collaborative ideas on the best use of green space in order to improve our quality of life in Somerville.

We need to continue taking steps forward to address the nuanced and multifaceted nature of climate change.

We must continue to advocate for the 1-93 sound barriers, which affects the air quality of Somerville’s two most densely populated wards: one and four.

We must preserve and maintain our green spaces, which provide health benefits to our community and children. I am committed to fighting for a greener Somerville.

I have positive working relationships with environmental groups, which I will continue to strengthen as your city councilor.

Additionally, supporting our bicycle community is essential for a thriving Somerville. We need to continue supporting safe bicycling within Somerville. That includes bike lane barriers and protected cycling safe routes.