Thank you to every person who supported our campaign! I am so grateful to everyone who volunteered, endorsed, donated, and most importantly, VOTED to support our campaign. The final election result was 7591-5950. I congratulate Rep. Rogers on his victory. I also want to thank you and acknowledge what we accomplished together. We won 44% of the votes, and we won precincts in Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge.
Together, we had thousands of conversations with voters, conversations that are continuing. Together, we shone a spotlight on a culture that elevates the voices of the few over the many. Together, we did multilingual outreach in this multicultural district. We lifted up the challenge of our climate crisis and our eroding public transit system. We championed education and our public schools and our public colleges. We did a lot of listening together, listening on the phone to fear and grief and frustration, and trying to create trust by being honest with the work that needs to be done. We demanded more from people in power, and we will not back down from those demands. We did all of this while running a positive campaign, reaching every part of the district, one that reflects our beliefs: government can be a force for good in our lives and in the lives of our neighbors.
I am so grateful to each of you for showing up. Some of you took risks to support this campaign, and I see you. Now I need to ask you to keep showing up. I will be reaching out to convert my team of volunteers to our next job, the job of electing our next President, flipping the Senate, and fighting for climate justice champions around the country. Will you join me? As of this posting, we have 56 days until Election Day. Let’s make it count. I am so proud of you.
This is an extraordinary time, in our nation and in our district. We need a state representative who understands the urgency of action on climate change, public transit upgrades, reducing student debt, and ensuring the rights of women and immigrants. Although the situation in Washington is dire, here at home, there are many critical things we can do to protect our families, our economy, and our rights.
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.