As a single mom of two boys in Worcester Public Schools and as a community organizer, I am deeply invested in the issues that affect working families, our children, and economically vulnerable communities.
Why I'm Running
I am running for city council because I want to help build a City for All, where everyone benefits and has opportunities to thrive. My life journey has deepened my understanding of others’ suffering and strengthened my commitment to be of service to my community. As your city councilor, I will work hard so all families and residents have access to stable housing, good jobs, quality education for our children, and a healthy environment.
Like most working single parents, I worry about my children’s education, affording after-school care, the high cost of health insurance, and paying the mortgage, as well as being the sole caretaker of an aging parent. My life story is similar to the story of others who fled violence and poverty to land in foreign lands with dreams for a safe future. My parents made the difficult choice to flee our native Albania due to civil and political unrest for Greece, and then the United States. As a new American with the opportunity to complete my undergraduate and graduate studies at Clark University, I invested my passion in supporting my community.
The stories of the youth I have mentored, families living in public housing, and homeless families struggling to maintain housing stability and good jobs are all part of my commitment and drive. For the past fourteen years, I have mentored young people, served consumers in the Attorney General’s office, supported families in public housing and homeless shelters, and organized mothers to fight for a livable climate for all our children. As an advocate, I served on the city’s Community Development Block Grant Committee, and have been a long-time board member of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.
The same determination that sustained my parents on our journey many years ago, will guide me as I continue my advocacy for a City for All. I am excited and honored to be running for your city councilor and I invite you to help me build a vision of a city that supports all our families, residents and children thrive.