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~ Political Endorsement ~ Plasterers and Cement Mason Union Endorses Michelle Kelley in At-Large Bid for Revere City Council

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REVERE — With days before Revere’s voters make their decision, one of New England’s largest plasterers’ and cement masons’ unions has announced its support for Michelle Kelley in the At-Large City Council race, fueling a surge in closing momentum for the political outsider.

Boston Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 534 is backing Kelley as part of a growing groundswell of support from working families in advance of the Sept. 19 preliminary election.

The only woman in the At Large race, Kelley plans a “neighborhood watch” approach for city governance and a message of accountability and responsiveness that has been inspiring grassroots support since she launched her first-time candidacy in May. The lifelong Revere resident, attorney and realtor has outlined plans to clean up the way the city handles development and to enact ethics reform for the city council.

Kelley, who was raised in a union family as the granddaughter of immigrants and worked her way through school, said she was thrilled with the backing of Local 534.

“I’m going to City Hall to fight for the men and women of the plasterers’ and cement masons’ union because they quite literally built our city brick by brick, and they deserve more than what they’re getting from city government,” Kelley said. “They want a government that’s responsive, respectful, and one that works for the people and not powerful interests, and that’s what I’m going to give them.”

Kelley, who has been endorsed by a growing list of labor unions despite being a first-time candidate, said she will continue to accept support from working people and the groups they have chosen to join in order to stand up against powerful outside interests.

Criticizing sweetheart deals for developers that routinely bend the municipal zoning code authored by Revere residents, Kelley has proposed an enlarged abutter notification zone for development projects. Once in office, she will seek to enact a code of ethics for the Revere City Council, similar to those adopted by other governing bodies and professional organizations. She has also advocated for an increased emphasis on vocational education at the new Revere High School.

And she will ensure that Revere’s seniors receive more respectful treatment from their government, including common courtesy from city officials and at public meetings.

Kelley has vowed to bring a “neighborhood watch” approach to city governance.

“People want accountability in how their tax dollars are spent, they want transparency, and they want responsiveness,” Kelley said. “That’s my agenda, because it’s the people’s agenda.”

The first person in her family to graduate college, Kelley attended Revere Public Schools and worked her way through both college and law school, receiving degrees from Salem State University and New England School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts state and federal courts.

Kelley lives in West Revere with her husband, David. Visit https://kelleyforrevere.com for more information about Michelle and her plans for making Revere a better place to live and raise a family.

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