Jay Livingstone Endorses Kenzie
State Representative Jay Livingstone (D - 8th Suffolk) today endorsed Kenzie Bok to be the next Boston City Councilor representing District 8, which includes the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Audubon Circle, and the West End. The endorsement by Livingstone, a Back Bay resident, demonstrates Bok’s strong community ties to the district.
“Kenzie is highly knowledgeable of the issues that affect Boston today, such as rising housing costs, the relationships between public and private institutions, the significance of the historic nature of our neighborhoods, and the need to always understand the balances among the various communities who call Boston home,” said Livingstone. “When you combine that knowledge with Kenzie’s history of community involvement, whether it be supporting ballot initiatives and candidates or other causes, Kenzie’s background is perfect to be the next Boston City Councilor for the district I call home.”
]The endorsement comes less than a week after Bok announced her candidacy and in the lead up to her first campaign event on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Lir Restaurant in the Back Bay. It also follows a strong first weekend of campaign fundraising.
“I really admire Rep. Livingstone’s thoughtful embrace of policy detail and his tireless advocacy for the benefit of our neighborhoods, the citizens of Boston, and all people in Massachusetts,” said Kenzie. “I am honored to earn his support. I look forward to working with Jay from our shared progressive values and standing alongside him at the community meetings and events where he is such a consistent, visible, and effective presence.”
Representative Livingstone is known as a progressive advocate who is currently championing bills to improve access to reproductive health care, address congestion and improve public transportation, and improve food security. In his six years in the legislature, Representative Livingstone has secured passage as House co-lead sponsor of the landmark 2016 Equal Pay Law to help close the gender wage gap and was a leading advocate for the transformative criminal justice reform enacted in 2018. Representative Livingstone represents the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and West End neighborhoods in Boston as well as parts of Cambridge.