Jamaica Plain resident Shaun Ivers plans to run for an at-large seat on Boston’s City Council.
He announced his candidacy and billed himself as an “open government advocate” in a statement last week.
Ivers said he can bring “an outside perspective from a governing body that for too long has grown entrenched in kowtowing to the mayor’s office and meaningless soapbox grandstanding.”
“Although I have worked with politicians in the course of pursuing school and housing causes, I am not of the politician’s class,” he said. “I do not come from a family of self-entitled politicians, nor have I ever been a legislative aid bidding my time until I can win an election to become the boss.”
Ivers said he wants to bring a “fresh perspective” to the race. He said he has “new ideas” to bolster innovation, increase job security, reduce homelessness and create new treatment opportunities for people suffering from addiction.
He said he moved to Boston in 2007, “was quickly immersed in city life and developed a passion for this great city.”
Ivers said he has experience as a real estate agent, an early-education advocate and as a political and business consultant. He earned a master’s degree in urban affairs from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University.
The statement said Ivers worked in inner-city Philadelphia and saw some families struggle to “survive and thrive in the face of economic hardship.”
“I’ve seen how city government can protect and support those in need, but I have also seen how easy it is for people to fall through the cracks,” Ivers’ statement said.
“With an open race for the mayor’s office and several City Councilors putting their jobs on the line to run for that job, Boston has a unique opportunity to radically change city government,” said Ivers.
“I promise to use my experiences as a community activist and independent business man to give all Bostonians the outstanding representation they deserve,” he added.
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