My name is Joao DePina and I am a candidate in the upcoming primary election for District 7 being held on September 14, 2021.
I have been in District 7 for most of my life. I migrated with my family from Cape Verde at very young age and we settled in Roxbury. I attended Boston public schools and graduated from English High School. Thereafter, I obtained a certification as Pharmacy Technician from Newbury College. Later in my adult life, I obtained a degree in Biological Science from Roxbury Community College and today, I am a minority business owner of a florist store, J.D. Florist. As a business owner, I am advocate greatly for local small businesses.
Over the years, public safety has become my main focus as we continue to lose our community members including my brother, to senseless violence. The continuous community traumas and the daily disparities that we have experienced has propelled to me being on the front line as their amplifiers. During this time, I have used my voice and platform to assist those impacted by trauma by providing access to resources, volunteering, attending meetings to support those in need and bring awareness to these growing challenges. As an elected member of the Ward 12 Democratic Committee, for the past eight years, I have been dedicated in my effort to ensure complete education of our local political process and other matters that are directly impacting the residents of ward 12.
I am running for office because I believe our community needs a voice, a much louder one; a voice that will say what needs to be said and hold others accountable while being transparent and honest. The current state of our community is indicative that we can no longer solely rely on the idea of representation. The responsibility of a City Counselor is to be the true voice of the people. Roxbury is very diverse, and no one should be left behind. As a candidate, I will notmake any promises that I am unable to deliver. I am also impacted by these choices and I wholly LOVE my community; I AM invested. I promise to be honest, open, and fully transparent, I promise to always listen to your needs, issues, opinions and recommendations before casting votes, I promise to always include you and to be accessible at all times!
I will as I always have throughout the years, continue to advocate to my greatest potential to address and put forth tangible resolutions to the issues that are in District 7 and our entire City. I will need your support to ensure that the results are in our favor and the voice of District 7 is finally heard.
I look forward to having your support and vote on September 14th, 2021.
POLICIES Economic Development Provide education and assistance to small business owners on paperwork Make sure small businesses in District 7, minority owned businesses, and women owned businesses receive fair share of funding from loan programs Lower business startup cost Provide rent assistance to struggling small businesses In favor of gradually and carefully increase minimum wage Connect job seekers with programs and nonprofits and hold these programs accountable for their performances Public Safety Not in favor of defunding the police Support having a new police commissioner preferably from out of the state to change the culture More diverse hiring in the police department Hire officers from local communities living in Boston Make sure testing and promotion are fair to all officers Provide training on community policing and de-escalation Support more police walking around the community and talking to residents Expedite our investigation process on our officers and make the process transparent to the public Provide mental health support to officers Have state police and community members being part of the internal investigation process Provide gun-related education programs to youth Mental Health Work with the state and neighboring cities to build more mental health facilities Push for more funding on mental health Provide wraparound services to people who struggle with mental health to prevent drug addiction and homelessness Housing Extend the eviction memorandum Help landlords pay mortgages Hold tenants accountable when they intentionally skip rent payments Rework AMI to reflect true income level in Boston Support having more affordable housing in District 7 but no more low income housing Support having some senior housing and low income housing on the waterfront Don't support rent control Increase % of affordable units in new developments Reduce fees and costs on housing developers Make sure city contracts are fairly awarded and distributed to people from different communities Education Don't support more charter school but, will support per existing charters schools Work to properly fund our public schools Support having more diversity in teachers I believe in having a hybrid school committee Your donation will help us win. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/depina-committee-1