After successfully completing a two-year term, District 5 City Councillor Judith García has announced that she will seek reelection.
García, elected in 2015 with almost 60 percent of the vote, is the first Honduran American and the youngest member on the Chelsea City Council.
During her tenure as chair of the Committee on Rules and Ordinances, García helped coordinate the City’s response to traffic safety concerns in the city leading to the lowering of the speed limit to 25MPH in densely populated areas. She was also a leading advocate for Chelsea’s Green Community Designation a collective effort that earned the city a grant of $312,460 to complete renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done to help move this process forward, and look forward to continue working on policies that restore safety in our streets and improve quality of life,” García reflected.
As García announced her plans to run for reelection, she indicated that “Chelsea deserves leaders that match the honesty and resilience of its people, and with this mindset, I am excited to announce my campaign for reelection.”
“I am proud of my record as a Councilmember, where I’ve worked to responsibly manage Chelsea’s budget, improve the delivery of city services, expand green space, and protect our quality of life.” She worked together with the City Manager and her colleagues to successfully pass an inclusionary zoning amendment to ensure that development is inclusive of all residents regardless of socioeconomic status and are taking strong positions against the divisive policies of President Trump. “I look forward to continuing individual and collective efforts to keep Chelsea a progressive, welcoming and vibrant city—for all residents.”
Garcia plans to build upon her role on Re-imagining Broadway. Her primary focus for 2017 is expanding the participation of residents and business owners in this important initiative to provide transformative change in the civic heart of Chelsea – Downtown Broadway. “Chelsea is becoming a magnet for new opportunities and I am committed to ensure that our residents benefit from that growth,” García noted.
“I look forward to building upon the grass roots strength of my 2015 campaign,” said García, who spoke to residents throughout her neighborhood as part of her first campaign. “Drawing from my experiences walking the streets of Chelsea and keeping my ear to the ground, I believe I’ve brought an important perspective to the governing board and I have been able to address needs in small and big ways. I am excited to continue learning from and discussing issues with all of the people of District 5 as we look to build a more inclusive, affordable and prosperous city for all our residents,” García concluded.
Judith García was born and raised in Chelsea and attended Chelsea Public Schools. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wheaton College. For more information, visit www.VoteJudithGarcia.com.