Nika Elugardo Endorses Kenzie
State Representative Nika Elugardo today endorsed Kenzie Bok for the District 8 seat on the Boston City Council, citing Kenzie’s experience in affordable housing and passion for community organizing. Rep. Elugardo represents Mission Hill in the State House, which is one of the neighborhoods of District 8.
Rep. Elugardo will launch a canvass with Kenzie and her supporters in Mission Hill on Saturday, October 19th at 10:00am from the Mission Hill Playground (1529 Tremont St.).
“Kenzie comes from a long heritage of activism and advocacy for opportunity and justice for all,” Rep. Elugardo said. “Her policy expertise, coupled with the heart and passion of a lifelong community activist, will be an incredible complement to the Boston City Council. I’m thrilled to endorse Kenzie for District 8 Councilor and can’t wait to work together on housing and economic development policy, legislation, and advocacy.”
Since her election to the MA State House in 2018, Rep. Elugardo has championed civil rights, housing affordability, education reform, and climate readiness. Before serving in the State House, she worked on policy for Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and was a long-time advocate for equitable economic development and a more just society. She currently serves on Committees on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs, Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Elder Affairs, and Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
“I’m honored to earn Rep. Elugardo’s endorsement,” said Kenzie. “Nika has been fighting for progressive change as a community leader for decades and I deeply admire her commitment to making our social systems and structures more just. I hope to mirror her combination of grassroots activism with deep policy knowledge as a City Councilor, and am excited to work together on behalf of the people of Mission Hill.”
In endorsing Kenzie for the District 8 seat on the Boston City Council, Rep. Elugardo joins other elected officials including Attorney General Maura Healey, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representatives Jay Livingstone and Aaron Michlewitz, At-Large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George, District Councilors Josh Zakim, Kim Janey, Lydia Edwards, and Ed Flynn, and Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo.
Kenzie has also been endorsed by the Boston Globe, the Democratic committees of Boston Wards 4, 5, and 10, the MA Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund, Sunrise Boston, the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, the Right to the City Vote coalition, and the workers of UNITE HERE Local 26, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU 1199, UAW Region 9A, BTU, and the MNA.