The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) today announced its endorsement of Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council because of her strong commitment to environmental justice and sustainability in a rapidly changing and expanding Boston.
“Lydia Edwards will be a much-needed dynamic addition to city government who will advocate for fair and sustainable growth. We are sure she will bring her energetic vigilance to the challenges that climate change and development pose to Boston,” said ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien
ELM has decided to support Edwards in this important race for Boston’s 1st District (which encompasses East Boston, North End and Charlestown) because of her commitment to the environmental issues and her belief that accelerating development should always consider the wellbeing of ordinary citizens while promoting and protecting the city’s unique and fragile environment. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7th.
“Lydia Edwards has solid ideas for an environmentally smart future for Boston, “continued O’Brien. “That includes enhancing public transportation by expanding ferry service all around the underutilized Boston Harbor to ease problems with traffic, parking and emissions,”
Boston’s vulnerability in the face of climate change is very much on Edward’s mind and she is a strong supporter of the Climate Ready Boston program and of engaging the brain power from our universities to develop solutions for rising sea levels and other climate related challenges.
“She is ready to speak up for the rights of Bostonians for public space – whether it be parks or along the harbor – in the face of rapid development that often ignores provisions for public access,” said O’Brien. “We think she will be able to keep both developers and city authorities accountable when it comes to building and planning,” said O’Brien.
Edwards, who has two law degrees, successfully pushed for legislation enhancing protection of domestic workers, including immigrants, while working at the non-profit Greater Boston Legal Services. More recently she has been advocating for fair and affordable housing practices for both tenants and landlords (she is a landlord of small property herself) as deputy director of the Office of Housing Stability.
Raised by a military mother, Edwards and her twin sister grew up “around the world,” she says. She received a law degree from American University in Washington D.C. and a LLM in taxation from BU School of Law. She served as a clerk for a Massachusetts Appeals Court justice and for the Massachusetts Superior Court. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, she lives in East Boston with her husband, an electrician and small business owner. To learn more about Lydia visit www.lydiaedwards.org.