Francisco L. White, 26 ,of East Boston, is youngest so far to launch bid for at large City Council seat
As politicians and city leaders make moves as the election season in Boston heats up, one young resident wants to make his mark on the City Council.
Bronx-born, Springfield-raised, and only a Boston resident since 2011, 26-year-old Francisco L. White of East Boston is throwing his hat in the ring for at-large City Councilor.
The blog Universal Hub first reported on White’s bid.
With at-Large Councilor John Connolly running for mayor, there is at least one of the four seats on the council open, with only White; Michelle Wu, a 28-year-old attorney who lives in the South End; and Seamus Whelan, a registered nurse who lives in West Roxbury; running.
Wu has garnered a lot of attention from both the local media and other pols, with the likes of Senator Elizabeth Warren turning out to show her support, but White said while he respects Wu he thinks he can add another voice, one more based on the street.
“I don’t have any alliances with the usual Boston politicos, I don’t have the Democratic party supporting my every move,” said White, formerly a youth coordinator for the MassVOTE, a voter advocacy group.
Putting school at Newbury College on hold, White said he is campaigning full-time.
“I’m knocking on doors and having the necessary conversations” White said. “Certain groups in Boston are marginalized and I’m trying to change that.”
Highlighting education, a crumbling public transportation infrastructure, and the rising cost of living, the former AmeriCorp volunteer said the council, “needs a new, fresh perspective.”
But with little political experience and money, White acknowledged his position, but hopes his message resonates.
“When I speak about equality I’m not just talking about race or gender or class, it’s all encompassing,” said White, a member of the Green/Rainbow Party.
But even getting on a ballot will be a challenge for White. Every potential candidate must get 1,500 registered voters’ signatures by May 21 to get their name on paper.
White, who’s openly gay, said he’s confident that he and his team can get the signatures let alone get on the council.
“I’m committed to this city,” said White. “There’s no place I’d rather be and when people meet me they see that.”
White said he plans to officially kick off his campaign April 9.