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Monday, October 04, 2021

Lydia Edwards endorsed by Cambridge School Committee Vice Chair and members

Lydia Edwards endorsed by Cambridge School Committee Vice Chair and members

Vice Chair Manikka Bowman, Ayesha Wilson, and Rachel Weinstein 

CAMBRIDGE –  Lydia Edwards has been endorsed by Cambridge School Committee Vice Chair Manikka Bowman and Cambridge School Committee members Ayesha Wilson and Rachel Weinstein in the special election to State Senate. Primary Election Day is December 14, 2021. General Election Day is January 11, 2022.

Manikka Bowman, Cambridge School Committee Vice Chair, said:

“Lydia Edwards understands policy-making takes passion as well as nuance to move an agenda forward. Her commitment to policies that transform everyday people's lives is the leadership Beacon Hill needs. She will center the needs of children as state and local school committees work to mitigate the impact of learning loss and the mental health of students as a result of COVID.  I'm excited to see her run and know she will always lift up the needs of our most vulnerable and littlest of residents.”

Ayesha Wilson, Cambridge School Committee Member, said:

"As a product of public schools, Lydia Edwards will fight for the resources our schools need as a State Senator, but she also knows that our students cannot learn without safe and reliable routes to school, stable homes for rest and learning, affordable internet connections, and high-quality out-of-school-time programs. Her record on the Boston City Council reflects this commitment, as she has fought for equitable transportation for students with special needs and against budget cuts to public education. As a Social Worker with the Cambridge Housing Authority's Work Force program and as Chair of the Special Education and Student Supports subcommittee on the Cambridge School Committee, I know Lydia Edwards will be a strong partner for public school students both inside and outside of the classroom, and I encourage you to support her in the Democratic primary on December 14th."

Rachel Weinstein, Cambridge School Committee member, said:

"Lydia takes on tough fights to make the world better.  As a member of the Cambridge School Committee, I know that we need a champion like Lydia representing us in the Senate, relentlessly advocating for equitable education at a time when schools have been upended by a global crisis. Lydia Edwards will be there for Cambridge students and families.  I'm proud to endorse her for State Senate."

When housing costs and the displacement crisis resulted in students forced to leave Boston, Lydia stood with students, parents and teachers to fight back against draconian budget cuts and a downward spiral that continued to push students out. In East Boston and Charlestown, she has worked extensively to ensure full utilization of school building spaces, modular classrooms and other educational opportunities. 

Lydia has fought to address transportation inequities for special needs students. She has called for implementation of an ethnic studies program. She worked with Councilor Matt O’Malley to secure the availability of menstrual products in public schools. She’s fought to end hair discrimination that has resulted in discipline and suspension of Black girls across the nation.

Lydia Edwards is a candidate for State Senate representing the First Suffolk and Middlesex District, following the departure of Senator Joseph A. Boncore. For a full and up-to-date list of endorsements, visit: LydiaEdwards.org/endorsements

Councilor Lydia Edwards is a career advocate, activist, and voice on behalf of society's most vulnerable. She is currently the Chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Committee on Housing and Community Development in the Boston City Council. Learn more at LydiaEdwards.org/meet-lydia.

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