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campaigns before who volunteered, I really want

to keep that energy going.

Malden City Councilor-elect Amanda Linehan:

We made a huge effort to reach out to renters,

the Chinese community, other folks that traditionally

get ignored.

What helped you get back in?

Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan:

It was about justice, it was about

taking action on climate change, and it was

about housing. … We need rent control

and I think voters have clearly indicated

that is a priority right now.

How do you plan on following through

in office?

Boston City Councilor-elect Liz Breadon:

People are very concerned about the

housing issue and that was my number

one issue. Back when I started in January,

and it really resonated with people on the

streets and on the doors, I made a decision

to run a grassroots campaign that was

largely funded on the local level and not to

take money from big developers, that also

resonated with people. You can’t speak up

on the development issue if you are taking a lot

of money from developers.

Mejia: It wasn’t so much about winning but how

we win. That really mattered to me; we set out to

engage the least likely and we have, and I feel

really good about our work.

Linehan: I have a slate of affordable housing

items that I’d like to get done, like finally adopting

an inclusionary ordinance in Malden, starting

down payment and security deposit assistance

program, setting up an affordable housing trust

fund for the first time.

Making sure that this gets done the right way is

my top priority.

*Mejia unofficially beat Alejandra St. Guillen for

the fourth at-large Boston City Council seat by 8

votes. A recount is underway at the time of this

writing.

Mike Crawford is a Massachusetts medical cannabis patient,

founder of The Young Jurks and midnightmass.substack.com.

You can listen to The Young Jurks atanchor.fm/theyoungjurks or

wherever else podcasts are streamed. This article was produced

with support from Midnight Mass and The Young Jurks, where

your contributions are greatly appreciated and help us deliver

more local coverage.

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