Looks like there’s a race for District 3. Joel Richards, a teacher, pastor, and father of two, is throwing his hat in the ring. District 3 is currently represented by Frank Baker.

See Press Release Below

Boston, MA- Joel Richards, a Boston Public Schools teacher, a pastor, and a father of two who lives in the heart of Dorchester, announced today that he is running for Boston’s newly-drawn 3rd city council district.

“I’ve seen how inequality pervades our society and creates barriers for so many. But I’ve also seen through scripture the inherent good in all of us and our ability to address these issues,” Mr. Richards stated. “But when fractured politics and personal quibbles get in the way, we lose our vision and we do not do justice for the city of Boston. We need a unified council that acts with the urgency and efficiency that the problems affecting our working families require.”

Joel Richards is an active community and union member. In the Boston Teachers Union he fought for smaller class sizes and chaired Black Lives Matter at School to end the school-to-prison pipeline. He is a board member of Little Saigon, where he helps to uplift the vibrant and historic Vietnamese community in Dorchester. Joel served as President of the Fields Corner Main Street, where he directly helped businesses navigate the chaos of COVID. He is also the founder and head planner of the Dorchester Juneteenth Celebration.

Richards continued, “District 3 deserves a council full of community members who personally understand the issues so that we can faithfully prioritize solutions. That is why I am running to represent the diverse neighborhoods of Dorchester, South Boston, and the South End on a campaign centered on building a Boston for all, where all students receive a quality education in a modern school, all families can afford to live in the neighborhoods they love, and where we can all get to work & home safely and on time.”

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