Housing is top voter issue in Boston mayoral election

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The housing problem in Boston is the number one concern for voters in this year’s municipal election, according to a recent poll. New Suffolk University / Boston Globe poll shows 20% of participants had housing as the main issue in Boston’s mayoral race, followed by racism / equality (19.2%), schools (17.8%), the economy (14%) and crime (11.2%). The poll also shows that nearly half of voters want city officials to focus on affordable housing, even if that means there would be less housing available in Boston. With that in mind, Boston’s mayoral candidates are weighing in on the city’s housing problem. Boston Mayor Kim Janey, who was sworn in on March 24, a day after former mayor Marty Walsh was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Labor – says it’s important homes in the city are affordable . “A lot of the development that’s happened has been focused on renting, so we need to make sure that a lot more is homeownership. We also need to make sure we’re doing more for working families. in Boston, “said Janey. Boston At-Large Councilor Michelle Wu is the only candidate in the race for rent control. She says the city should do more to create affordable housing.” Our costs housing are out of control and we need to make sure that the city takes all possible measures, not just waiting for the federal and state governments to act, but to use the power at our disposal to make the decision. urgently, “Wu said. In a statement, Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell said she” would use all resources to provide rental assistance and prevent stop displacement, use legislative tools to generate and preserve affordability, and build truly affordable housing for those who live here. Boston At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George said in a statement her main goal was to create housing for the many residents and families who do not qualify for subsidized housing but still cannot afford to pay. the market rate. “This large gap gives low- and middle-income families no choice but to leave the city,” Essaibi George said in his statement. In a statement, Sta Representative Jon Santiago said he is proposing a “first of its kind” plan to use the city of Boston as a guarantor for mortgages for individuals and families earning less than $ 100,000 a year. “Homeownership can be within reach. We can do it, and I will,” Santiago said in his statement. John Barros, former Boston economic development chief, said in a statement that he is the only mayoral candidate who has experience in creating affordable housing. “I believe I am the best person to be the next mayor of Boston,” Barros said in his statement. “I am the only one with experience in building affordable housing to tackle our housing crisis, investing and developing small businesses to support our economy and create jobs, and I can move us forward with all voices around off the table to dismantle systemic inequalities to make sure no Bostonians are left behind. ”According to the Suffolk University / Boston Globe poll, Wu is currently leading the pack in the mayoral race. Preliminary municipal elections are scheduled for September 14 and municipal elections will take place on November 2. .

The housing issue in Boston is the number one concern of voters in this year’s municipal election, according to a recent poll.

The new Suffolk University / Boston Globe poll shows that 20% of participants had housing as the main issue in the Boston mayoral race, followed by racism / equality (19.2%), schools (17.8 %), the economy (14%) and crime (11.2%).

The poll also shows that nearly half of voters want city officials to focus on affordable housing, even if that means there would be less housing available in Boston.

With this in mind, the Boston mayoral candidates weigh in on the city’s housing issue.

Boston Mayor Kim Janey – who was sworn in on March 24, a day after former Mayor Marty Walsh was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Labor – said it was important the city’s housing be affordable.

“A lot of the development that’s happened has been focused on renting, so we need to make sure it’s more about homeownership. We also need to make sure we’re doing more for working families in Boston, ”Janey said.

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Kim Janey, Boston mayoral candidate

Boston’s At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu is the lone candidate in the rent control race. She says the city should do more to create affordable housing.

“Our housing costs are out of control and we need to make sure the city takes all possible action, not only until the federal and state governments act, but to use the power we have urgently. difference, ”Wu said.

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu speaks on behalf of the Sen.  Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Campaigning during the YWCA YWomenVote 2020 panel discussion, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in Manchester, NH (AP Photo / Mary & # x20; Altaffer)

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Michelle Wu, Boston mayoral candidate

In a statement, Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell said she would “use all resources to provide rental assistance and prevent displacement, use legislative tools to generate and preserve affordability and build housing really affordable for those who live here “.

Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell discusses potential reforms for the x20 Service; during a news conference on June 9, 2020.

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Andrea Campbell, Boston mayoral candidate

Boston At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, meanwhile, said in a statement her main goal is to create housing for the many residents and families who do not qualify for subsidized housing but cannot. still not afford to pay the market rate.

“This large gap gives low and middle income families no choice but to leave the city,” Essaibi George said in her statement.

Annissa Essaibi George makes an appearance on WCVB's

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Annissa Essaibi George, candidate for mayor of Boston

In a statement, State Representative Jon Santiago said he was proposing a “first of its kind” plan to use the city of Boston as a guarantor for mortgages for individuals and families earning less than $ 100,000. per year.

“Homeownership can be close at hand. We can do it, and I will, ”Santiago said in his statement.

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Jon Santiago, Boston mayoral candidate

John Barros, former Boston economic development chief, said in a statement that he is the only mayoral candidate who has experience creating affordable housing.

“I believe I am the best person to be the next mayor of Boston,” Barros said in his statement. “I am the only one with experience building affordable housing to deal with our housing crisis, investing and developing small businesses to support our economy and create jobs, and I can move us forward with it.” all voices around the table to dismantle systemic inequalities to ensure no Bostonians are left behind. “

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John Barros, Boston mayoral candidate

Wu is currently leading the pack in the mayoral race, according to the Suffolk University / Boston Globe poll.

Preliminary municipal elections are scheduled for September 14 and municipal elections will take place on November 2.


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