Josh Zakim Endorses Kenzie
District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim today endorsed Kenzie Bok for his seat on the Boston City Council. Zakim has represented District 8 since 2013 and announced in March that he would not be seeking reelection.
Councilor Zakim will launch a GOTV Rally for Kenzie with State Rep. Jay Livingstone on Beacon Hill this Sunday at 7:30pm, at 53 Pinckney St.
“Kenzie is clearly the candidate with the right combination of policy expertise, progressive values, and ability to bring diverse groups together to address shared concerns,” said Zakim. “I’ve been impressed for years by her community leadership, especially around issues of affordability, and I’m equally impressed with her ability over this campaign to excite voters in every neighborhood of the district. That’s the kind of leadership we need to serve our district and help lead Boston in the coming years.”
“It’s unusual to have a first-time candidate who has real experience in key facets of the job. It’s important that we put someone in who is ready to hit the ground running,” Zakim added. “This is the most diverse district in the city and having someone who understands that, and who has a proven track record of working in City Hall, is vital.”
During his time on the City Council, Zakim has chaired the Committee on Housing and Community Development and currently chairs the Committee on Civil Rights. He authored the Boston Trust Act, which prevents the Boston Police Department from detaining residents based solely on their immigration status, and has recently worked to strengthen its protections.
“I’m honored to earn Josh’s endorsement,” said Kenzie. “He has been a committed advocate for the district, for workers, for immigrants, for voters’ rights, and on many other fronts. I know his endorsement is a reflection on the very inclusive campaign we’ve been running across the district and I’m proud to earn his support. I would be honored to follow him in having the opportunity to represent the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Audubon Circle, Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End.
In endorsing Kenzie for the District 8 seat on the Boston City Council, Councilor Zakim joins State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representatives Jay Livingstone and Aaron Michlewitz, At-Large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George, District Councilors Kim Janey, Lydia Edwards, and Ed Flynn, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo, the Ward 4 and 5 Democratic Committees, UNITE HERE Local 26, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU 1199, UAW Region 9A, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Right to the City Vote coalition.