Watch a candidate profile by James Milan of ACMi, Arlington’s community media station.
Watch the first debate, which took place on Tuesday, Aug 11, 7 PM, hosted jointly by ACMi, Belmont Media, and CCTV. Thank you to our hosts Lovette C. Curry, Esq., Gilchrist Imboywa, and James Milan, and to Sara Alfara-Franco, James Milan and the team for producing the event, a complicated undertaking during a pandemic.
North Cambridge voters who want to vote in person: there are changes to polling places for this year. If you normally vote at Jefferson Park (11-1), you will be voting at the Reservoir Church at 170 Rindge Ave, next to the Benjamin Banneker. If you normally vote at the Burns Apartments (11-3), you will be voting at St. John the Evangelist Church, 2254 Massachusetts Ave across from 7-11 and Pemberton Farms (the one with the bells).
If you normally vote at the Peabody School gymnasium (11-2), there is no change. Peabody School gym will be open for voting. Vote by mail link in the comments.
Jen Fries has lived in the district since 1999. The 24th Middlesex includes all of Belmont, part of North Cambridge (Ward 11, precincts 1 and 3), and part of Arlington between Route 2 and Mass Ave (precincts 2, 4, 8, 10, and 12).
The district has 43,000 people (including 10,000 children and 1,100 college students) who live in 16,851 households. The housing includes single family homes, duplexes, triple deckers, condos, and rentals. Residents also live in cooperative homes and affordable housing developments.
Most common jobs in the district are IT, science, engineering, education, and healthcare. Median household income is $104K. 1,057 residents received food stamps in the most recent reported year. The bottom quintile of households have an average income of $20,100 annually.
Seventy-four percent of adults have a college degree or higher. Approximately 7,000 children are enrolled in school K-12, most in public school (92% in K-5, 84% middle school, and 78% high school students are in public school).
The district is 70% white/non-Hispanic, 5% Latinx, 7% African-American, 14% Asian, 2.3% multiracial/biracial. Thirty-three percent (33%) of the households have children under 18.