Where Kristen Stands

Video Interview: Kristen Mobilia

Boston City Council Candidate, District 8

BNNtv.org – Talk of the Neighborhoods – November 2, 2017
City Council candidate Kristen Mobilia talks about her community advocacy in the district, her strong connection to the neighborhoods of District 8, and what she can offer to Boston in the role of city councilor.


Education

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I am a long-term public school supporter. I had the opportunity to be educated in a well- supported Massachusetts K-12 public school system, and I think all kids deserve that opportunity. My mother started her teaching career in Boston and finished not too far from here in the Milton public schools, so the topic of education was often discussed at the dinner table in our house. Also, years ago I had the opportunity to volunteer teach with an ESL program. Education has been and always will be a priority for me – it is the foundation to a progressive and successful society.

Boston should be immensely proud that we have the oldest public school (Boston Latin) and public school system in the US – we have a historic legacy connected to education. We are surrounded by some of the world’s top higher education institutions. We have some of the best schools in the state and country, but we also have a number of underperforming schools. We are a community that values education and that should be reflected in the Boston Public Schools.

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Development | Housing

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I am a champion for local residents and understand well how essential our ongoing relationships are to shared success. Regular engagement by more of us across the district and the city will only make us stronger. As a community leader, often that has meant forming neighborhood coalitions to work with, and at times stand up to, powerful organizations. I believe I have the skills and experience and professional maturity to bring together diverse sets of stakeholders, identify opportunities, understand human impact, build consensus and get results. I have done this throughout my career in business, finance, and human resources, as well as in my many years as a community organizer and advocate.

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Public Health | Safety | Accessibility

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Our neighborhoods need more of a connection to City Hall. We need to strategically improve the day-to-day quality of life for all residents and make thoughtful long-term decisions to manage growth and preserve the uniqueness of our city. I care very deeply about the community I have lived in for decades and believe that Boston has the ability to serve its diverse and deserving population even better. We should aim high and expect more from our elected representatives and ourselves.

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