Kenzie's Official Announcement Release
Updated: Mar 31, 2019
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RELEASE: Lifelong Boston Resident Kenzie Bok Enters District 8 Boston City Council Race
Commits to Vision that Celebrates History and Builds Strong Inclusive Future
District includes Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore, Audubon Circle, and the West End
BOSTON--March 29, 2019-- Kenzie Bok, a lifelong Boston resident, today announced her candidacy to become the Boston City Councilor for District 8, which includes the vibrant neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore, Audubon Circle, and the West End. With strong roots in the district, Kenzie will draw on her array of professional and personal experiences in order to celebrate and protect the district’s historical neighborhood fabric and public spaces while also building an inclusive future for everyone.
“Boston is an incredible city with a proud history,” says Kenzie. “Growing up here I learned from my parents, grandparents, and neighbors that every generation has to play a role in preserving all that we’ve inherited, while also doing new work to ensure that these places we love remain accessible to all. For years, I have worked side by side with committed activists throughout the district on issues like public space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and responsible development. With the help of all the people who sustain the communities of this district every day, I know we can amplify an inclusive vision for its future.”
“Kenzie is a true community leader. I worked beside her in 2016 as she taught thousands of voters about the benefits of the Community Preservation Act, bringing together advocates for historic preservation, parks, and affordable housing with a strategy for victory. I can’t wait to see what she could do for our community with a seat on the City Council,” said John Edgerton, Associate Minister at the Old South Church, when asked about Kenzie’s candidacy.
Kenzie’s supporters are hosting a kickoff event on April 11th at 6:00pm at Lir Restaurant in the Back Bay and have launched a new website to support her candidacy www.FriendsofKenzieBok.com. People can also follow the campaign on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Born and raised in Boston, Kenzie is an affordable housing expert and community leader, supporting causes that make Boston a better place for all people to work, live, and play. She is a vestry member at Trinity Church in Copley Square, a board member at the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, and the chair of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee. Kenzie held a leadership role on the successful ballot initiative campaign to enact the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Boston in 2016 and helped draft the final CPA ordinance. She was formerly a leader with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a representative to the Back Bay Station Community Advisory Committee, and a member of the Spark Boston Council. Kenzie has been an active organizer for progressive causes and candidates since her teens. In her free time she sails at Community Boating and cheers on the Red Sox.
Kenzie is currently the Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning at the Boston Housing Authority, the city agency focused on the management, preservation, and creation of low-income housing. She is also a lecturer at Harvard University, where she teaches a course on “Justice in Housing.” Previously, she served as Budget Director for Boston City Councilor At Large Annissa Essaibi George. Kenzie earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude in 2011, and her PhD in History from Cambridge University in 2016 as a Marshall Scholar. She currently lives in Beacon Hill.