Iron Workers Local 7, one of the most prominent and storied building trades unions in New England, announced today that it was “wholeheartedly” backing Michelle Kelley for Revere At-Large City Council, confident that Kelley would “protect the working families of tomorrow.”
An attorney, small business owner, lifelong Revere resident, and first-time candidate for office, Kelley has been building support with a message of inclusion, accountability, and bringing a “neighborhood watch” approach to city government. Kelley’s message to voters – that their voices matter – resonated with the members of Local 7.
“We need more people like you that are willing to do the hard work required, such as bringing people together to have challenging conversations, that may never happen without your support,” Local 7 President Thomas Pecoraro wrote in the union’s letter to Kelley pledging its endorsement.
Pecoraro added that the “3,700 members of Local 7 stand with you in this election and are ready to support you in any way they can.”
Kelley said she was thrilled by the alliance with such a respected, forward-looking union.
“I’m incredibly proud that the working people of Local 7 share my view that change is needed in Revere, that the sweetheart deals for developers at the expense of workers and of neighborhoods must end, and that our great city – which these people built – can do better,” Kelley said.
“The tenacity that these people bring to their job sites every day is the same I’ll bring to City Hall to stand up for taxpayers, for our seniors, for a higher-quality education system, and for our quality of life,” she said.
Kelley, running to bring a “neighborhood watch” approach to the Revere City Council, has been gathering support by vowing to instill honesty and accountability in city governance and letting voters know that their voices matter.
An attorney and realtor, Kelley announced her bid for one of Revere’s five At-Large seats in May and has been building support, listening to voters, and constructing a grassroots campaign. Running as an outsider who wants to make Revere’s government more accountable to the people, she has found her message resonating in all pockets of the city.
“Since announcing my candidacy two months ago, I’m hearing the same thing from voters across the city: We need a municipal government that’s more responsive and more transparent to its taxpayers,” Kelley said. “That’s why I started running in the first place, it’s why we’re continuing to gain support, and it’s what I’m going to deliver once I’m elected.”
Kelley said that, once in office, she will help guide Revere toward building a new high school in a fiscally responsible manner, applying a smarter approach across city government. She will insist that developers adhere to the zoning code that was written by the people of Revere, preserving the vital fabric of the city’s neighborhoods.
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.
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.
With roots in the 19th century, Local 7 has represented union iron workers across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine for more than 120 years, and belongs to the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers. After a period of tremendous growth following World War II, Local 7 today prides itself on its training and cutting-edge technologies.
Posted on 26 Jul 2023, 15:59 - Category: Endorsements