Sheila Rachels has announced her candidacy for Ward 2 Malden City Council and she is excited to get out there and meet the neighbors. Since pulling papers at City Hall on May 9, Sheila has been going door to door gathering signatures from residents and listening to improvements they’d like to see in the neighborhood.
Among her priorities, Sheila wants to bring a community-oriented approach to City Hall. As a librarian, Sheila is deeply committed to making information accessible and transparent and she wants to leverage these skills as councillor to help break down the barriers to civic engagement. By inviting residents into the process through coffee chats or town hall-style events, gathering feedback early and often on issues and informing folks of city projects & initiatives, Maldonians can take on a more active role in their city.
Sheila is a firm believer that everyone plays a role in community stewardship, which is why she wants to foster deeper public-private partnerships between residents and city government in the form of a neighborhood block club. Since City Hall can only provide so much in the way of resources with competing priorities across the city, the mobilization of a neighborhood block club in Ward 2 will help empower residents to take efforts into their own hands and build the change they wish to see through community beautification efforts, funding of block parties and other neighborhood get-togethers, cleanups, and more. The block club will not only serve as an example of more collaborative, transparent governance, but it will also create a stronger voice for the collective needs of Ward 2 constituents as an organized stakeholder group.
Growing up, Sheila always enjoyed walking the various streets of Malden and visiting the Fells & local parks, an activity which she still loves today. She believes everyone has the right to accessible green space, and is committed to protecting our green space, planting more shade trees, and making Malden more walkable by fixing infrastructure such as potholes, sidewalks, and curb cuts.
“Malden is such a unique city and Edgeworth was a wonderful place to grow up,” Sheila states. “I look forward to working alongside neighbors to breathe new life into our neighborhood. By listening to our neighbors and coming together we can shape a more collaborative, inclusive, and community-oriented future.”