By Mayor Carlo DeMaria
When you love something, you fight for it. I love the City of Everett, its residents and our community. During my time as Mayor, I have fought for our community. I fought to bring Encore Boston Harbor to Everett, resulting in thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenues. I fought for millions of extra dollars in CARES Act funding, which we received after many conversations with our Governor. And I’m still fighting for the funding for a new state-of-the-art Everett High School with expanded vocational programming.
As Mayor it is my duty to lead our community – to lead in the good times and, most importantly, during times of crisis. I led during a global pandemic to provide groceries, meals, vaccines and free testing to our residents. I led our community to celebrate City milestones, the opening of small businesses and to celebrate the many cultures that make Everett so vibrant. I promise to continue leading as your Mayor.
There are many projects that are ongoing – the redevelopment of our waterfront, the revitalization of Lower Broadway and the Commercial Triangle area, bringing viable transit to our community, receiving the resources we deserve as an Environmental Justice community, cleaning up blighted industrial land which once dominated our community, and last, but certainly not least, bringing a full-time vocational program to Everett students and residents. These massive undertakings are made possible only through partnerships with State and Federal officials, our community-based organizations, and business leaders. I have worked hard to forge these relationships. The trust that has been built is not easily nor quickly duplicated.
When it’s your responsibility to lead, you need to make tough decisions. Tough decisions are not always popular. On March 12, 2020 I made one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made as Mayor and closed the doors to Everett City Hall, as well as temporarily closing all school buildings. Everett was the first municipality in the Commonwealth to do so. As the leader of this great City, my Administration sprang into action, likely saving residents’ lives with our swift, and some might say, drastic measures.
During my tenure as Mayor, our community has transformed dramatically. The values of our homes have increased while the residential tax rate has significantly decreased. Our parks and recreation spaces have been renovated and we are building affordable housing for our low-income as well as our senior residents. As your Mayor, I promise to continue moving our community forward. I would be humbled and honored to have your vote on November 2 to ensure that we remain “Everett for Everyone.”