Special to the Journal
One of the regionâ€™s largest telecommunications and technology workers unions has announced its support of Michelle Kelleyâ€™s candidacy in the Sept. 19 preliminary election for an at-large seat on the Revere City Council, saying Kelley has a chance to invigorate the city with her â€œneighborhoodâ€ watch approach and message of accountability and responsiveness.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222 formally endorsed Kelleyâ€™s first-time campaign, calling the lifelong resident, attorney and realtor the type of energetic, change-focused candidate who will provide Revere residents the voice they deserve in their city government.
â€œMichelle isnâ€™t the type to back down from a fight or from standing up to powerful interests,â€ said Myles Calvey, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 2222. â€œHer whole life has been about hard work, sheâ€™s a dedicated daughter of Revere, and thereâ€™s an honesty and integrity about her that appeals to people who know what it means to take on big challenges. We are proud to endorse her bid for an at-large seat on the Revere City Council.â€
Kelley, who was raised in a union family in Revere and worked her way through school, said she was honored to receive the support of the telecommunications union.
â€œIt means a lot to me that the men and women who built our city and keep it humming want me to have their backs on the City Council,â€ said Kelley. â€œThey donâ€™t want a councilor whoâ€™s going to cave to what outside developers want to pad their bottom lines, they want someone whoâ€™s going to fight for whatâ€™s fair and be a watchdog at City Hall. Thatâ€™s what motivated me to run and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ll do when Iâ€™m in office.â€
â€œThe primary is quickly approaching and people know that Iâ€™m an underdog, but they like the fact that someone is willing to be their voice, because this city belongs to its people,â€ she added.
Kelley, who has been endorsed by a number 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 Revereâ€™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 â€œneighborhood watchâ€ approach to city governance.
â€œPeople want accountability in how their tax dollars are spent, they want transparency, and they want responsiveness,â€ Kelley said. â€œThatâ€™s my agenda, because itâ€™s the peopleâ€™s agenda.â€
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. For more information or to get involved with Kelleyâ€™s campaign for Councillor At Large, please visit : KelleyForRevere.com; on FaceBook @ MichelleKelleyForRevereCityCouncillorAtLarge; Email: [email protected]; or call: 781-854-1717.