Every Person Counts!
With great pause and a thoughtful approach, I am formally announcing my candidacy for the Ward 7 City Council seat. As a long-time Ward 7 resident and current School Committee representative, I have seen many changes over the years, some good and some have been challenging. What has stayed continuous is the proud community that surrounds us and a need for a voice that will continue to move Ward 7 and our diverse city forward.
A little bit about me.
I am a wife and mom of two amazing girls. Yes, I still live on Daniels Street next door to my childhood home. I attended the Daniels School and graduated from Malden High School, and went on to Salem State College, where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree.
Giving back to my community through the years has always been my way to pay it forward. Over 20 years ago, I walked with the friends of Ferryway Green not only to preserve historic Ferryway Green but to save the Lincoln School from being taken away from a community that needed it most. My desire to provide advocacy in my community led me to be named Vice Chairman of the Ward 7 Democratic City Committee as well as President of the Zonta Club of Malden. I have had the honor this past year to lead this club through the most trying of times and watch it flourish in our community with each member playing an important role and giving back to those in need.
As a small business owner, I worked diligently to provide over 1500 masks for the Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization that they then sewed and donated throughout the Malden community.
As Ward 7 School Committee Representative, as promised, I fought for the rights of every child to have the same opportunities regardless of their race, economic status, disability, housing location or gifted mind. I have spoken to families, encouraging them to be their own voice for their child and walked beside them. I fought for transparency with the now annual special education audit. This annual report will track the services that are delivered to families by giving each parent a voice in the process. I reinstated the anti-bullying task force, which is working to complete a review of our bully prevention plan, providing uniform policies across the district, and creating a channel of dialogue between the administration and the community.
I would like to continue to give back to the neighborhood I love as your next Ward 7 City Councillor. Whether it will be advocating for the rights of those less fortunate, improving transparency at all levels of our government, or work to build bridges where there are none, I will be a strong voice for Ward 7. I look forward to celebrating the successes that we have earned, the successes we will earn, and my pledge is for every resident to have the same opportunities and to hold our city government to a higher standard.
Based on my years of business experience, advocacy, and commitment to our community, I believe I am the voice that Ward 7 needs to fight for every resident. I humbly ask for your vote on November 2nd. Thank You!
Michelle Bucci Luong