Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Amanda Linehan for Malden Ward 3 City Council
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) PAC has announced its endorsement of Amanda Linehan for the Ward 3 seat on Malden’s City Council.
Amanda Linehan is a mom, homeowner, and progressive candidate for Malden City Council, running on a platform that promotes inclusion, transparency, and communication between local government and Malden residents. She believes our community’s diversity is its strength, and wants to elevate the concerns of women, youth, and all under-represented voices in civic affairs.
“No measure of a community’s progress can be made without a truly representative elected body. We believe decisions about our communities should include women’s voices. We need leaders like Amanda Linehan, who will be a strong decision maker and advocate on the Malden City Council,” said Pam Berman, President of the MWPC. “We need to change the face of leadership in Massachusetts, where fewer than 27% of municipal offices are held by women. MWPC is proud to endorse and stand with Amanda Linehan.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the MWPC PAC and am committed to fighting for my community, and for the causes that matter most to women in our Commonwealth,” said Amanda Linehan. “I am running because I believe in the future of Malden, and I know we can continue to build a safe, prosperous, and welcoming community by working together.”
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) is a nonpartisan organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions. For more information, visit www.mwpc.org.
Linehan announces run for Ward 3 City Council seat
Ward 3 City Council candidate Amanda Linehan released the following statement:
My name is Amanda Linehan, and I am excited to announce that I am running to represent Ward 3 on the Malden City Council.
Malden is at a crossroads, and we need community engagement and a strategy to sustain our strengths and tackle our challenges. We need leaders who will think beyond the next election cycle, and who welcome citizen participation at every level in our government. As a mom, a homeowner, and someone passionate about creating livable cities, I am committed to the work that lies ahead.
When my husband Mark and I chose our home on Blomerth Street in 2011, we felt immediately welcomed by the neighborhood, and that feeling of community only grew when our daughter Georgia joined our family in 2013. She is now in kindergarten at the Beebe School, and we have made lifelong friendships and are deeply involved in our community, working to make our city the best it can be for everyone.
I’ve spent my career in community engagement, communications and urban planning, and I have over a decade of experience in project leadership, budgeting, and management. I’ve worked across local, state, and regional government to bring innovative ideas and community-driven solutions to our most pressing problems, and I will bring that commitment to public service and effective outreach to Ward 3′s seat on the City Council. Constituents can expect a high level of community engagement, transparency and responsiveness from me, grounded in a philosophy that listening and collaborating are the most effective ways to lead. I promise to always return your call, because your voice matters and your government works for you.
In my full-time job, I work as Communications Director for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, where I’ve partnered with Malden on open space, bike share, complete streets, education funding, addressing housing needs, clean energy, and advocacy on Beacon Hill. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), where we work to create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, promote economic development, refurbish city parks, support public art, and make Malden affordable for our residents. I served as editor of the Malden Observer from 2006 to 2008, I was an original member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Walkability in 2012, and for the last three years I’ve been honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), which serves Malden through bilingual housing, financial literacy counseling, and a youth leadership program.
Some of the key issues that friends and neighbors have already told me are important to them include preserving our beautiful parks and trees, and finding ways to enhance recreation opportunities; addressing traffic and parking challenges; ensuring Ward 3 is a safe place for all commuters, including those on foot, using cars, bikes, strollers and wheelchairs; and keeping Malden a welcoming place where everyone is valued and can find a safe, affordable home. I believe our diversity is our strength, and we need more voices in City Hall advocating for everyone who calls our community home.
As a parent, homeowner and transit rider, I share the concerns of the neighborhood and I want our schools, roads, parks and cultural institutions to have the resources they need to serve our community well. I would be proud to partner with our leaders on the School Committee, in City Hall, and at the State House to communicate, get results, and give residents a say in the decisions that affect them.
Malden is in the midst of great change, with a record-breaking real estate market, many families moving to town, new stores and restaurants revitalizing our business areas, and the ongoing redevelopment of City Hall which will reconnect Pleasant Street and Malden Square to Ward 3 for the first time in a generation. We’ve always been a great place to live, so it’s no surprise that renters, home buyers and small business owners have taken note of all we have to offer. Now, it’s more important than ever for Ward 3 to have a strong voice on the City Council, to advocate for our residents and to make sure this growth and change brings benefits for everyone who lives and works here.
As someone who has worked with dozens of communities, I know how important it is to plan ahead. On every issue, from growing schools to broken roads, we need leaders who will strategize and focus on the long-term investments necessary to sustain our community for generations to come. I believe we can accomplish our goals and make Malden an even better community to live in, and I’m excited to bring my perspective and all of your voices with me to the City Council.
I look forward to connecting with you before Election Day, and welcome you to get in touch with me. Tell me about your experiences in Ward 3 by emailing email@example.com or by calling or texting me at 617-388-1556 (that’s my cell phone!). I can’t wait to meet you, and I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 5.
Malden Advocate, April 5, 2019: