2021 Candidate Endorsements

Boston Democratic Socialists of America will be endorsing candidates who share our purpose of building a mass socialist movement in the US and extending democratic principles into all spheres of life including the workplace and economy. We see our electoral work as inseparable from that mission. We are selective in who we endorse, because we want to build close relationships with our endorsed candidates, provide them significant support in contacting voters, and build a socialism movement together.

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The Candidates


Tessa Bridge for Ward 5

As a racial justice organizer and committed socialist, Tessa is running to build a Somerville that is equitable, sustainable, and healthy for all. That means fighting for affordable housing, fully funded public schools, and social services, climate justice, and racial equity on all levels of society. Tessa and her family are deeply connected and committed to the labor struggle, her husband is the President of the Somerville Educators Union. Tessa is inspired by her children and her work as an organizer to fight for a livable and just future for Somerville. Learn more about Tessa here.

Willie Burnley, Jr. for At Large

As a queer community organizer, former union steward, cyclist, and renter, Willie knows there is much more that we can do to stop displacement and evictions and to live up to Somerville’s values. Fighting on the front lines of the most pressing social movements of the day, Willie has seen first-hand the need for urgency and transformative structural change and hopes to bring that much needed vision to City Hall. Find out more about the policies he would bring to Somerville here.

Charlotte Kelly for At Large

A fourth-generation Somerville resident, Charlotte is a queer socialist and Boston DSA member. Charlotte has extensive advocacy and organizing experience; as Executive Director of the MEJA, she secured more equitable and better-funded public schools. Charlotte will fight for union-built affordable housing, fare-free public transit, municipal voting rights for undocumented people, citywide broadband, and expanded green space. Learn more about her campaign here.

Becca Miller for Ward 7

With a background fighting for food security and accessibility in our state, Becca is a democratic ecosocialist, a renter, and a climate justice organizer with Boston’s chapter and national DSA. Becca’s campaign is built around a Somerville Green New Deal, housing justice, defunding the police, and strengthening organized labor. She is running on her belief in collective struggle and community-based responses to the many crises we face. You can help support her fight for a green future here.

JT Scott for Ward 2

First elected in 2017, JT is a testament to the power of having socialists in office and is running for re-election this year to continue the fight for affordable housing, transparency, as well as racial and economic justice. JT uses his position on city councilor and as chair of the finance committee to hold the city accountable for the promises they make, as well as fight tooth and nail to make Somerville a more equitable place to live. Help get JT to a third term here.

Eve Seitchik for At Large

A life-long MA resident, Eve has been an organizer in Somerville the past two years, serving as Boston DSA’s co-chair. Eve is fighting for a fare-free transit in Somerville as part of a Green New Deal, Housing for All through protecting tenant rights and unions, and re-distributing police funds to crisis workers, trauma support, and non-congregate shelter. Find out more about their campaign here.


Kendra Hicks for District 6

Kendra is a proud socialist, artist, and a first-generation Black Dominican woman running for Boston City Council in District 6. As a lifelong community organizer, she has long fought to bring the margins to the center, a fight she is bringing to city hall. She is committed to defunding the BPD, pushing for rent control, closing the racial wealth gap, and increasing government transparency and accountability. Check out her (self designed) website here.

Joel Richards for District 4

Joel Richards, is a BTU activist, first generation Jamaican American, community organizer, and candidate for District 4. As an organizer, he advocated to reduce the BPD budget and get police out of schools. He is running for city council to get more for District 4, more quality public schools, more affordable housing, and more resources for economic justice. Learn more and get involved here.

The Process

We will have two rounds of candidate endorsements. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Please create a copy in google docs or download as Microsoft word. (File > Download as > Microsoft Word). Do not submit as PDF or we'll be unable to fully redact your answers to the confidential questions.

Questions? Email electoral@bostondsa.org

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