When my parents first immigrated to the United States the first place they lived was Harvard Square. Although we moved around, they always talked about the community and connection present in the city of Cambridge that first took them in. We didn’t have much in those days – my parents moved to this country with only debt and a dream; and the struggles they faced took a toll on me even as a child. Times got better for my family but the trials we went through instilled in me a deep appreciation for this country, and the opportunities we were given.
I am drawn to public service because I believe nobody should have to work 18 hour days to provide for their family. I believe in the social programs and supporting Cambridge's lower income residents, but I don’t believe that’s an excuse for not focusing on creating jobs and investing in the business community. My family’s life was posivitely changed by the opportunities and supportive given to them, that's why I believe it’s government responsibility to invest in people. In these difficult times, Cambridge needs to use everything it has to keep people above water and provide honest, high-paying work for its young adults.
I take my job as Cambridge City Councillor very seriously. I intend to work hard to achieve real results on the issues you care about. I will be accountable and responsive to you.