My name is Andrea J. Campbell and I am the Boston City Councilor for District 4, which includes the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, and parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain.
Born and raised in Boston and educated in all Boston public schools, this City has been the foundation of my life. My community, along with my loving and dedicated family, gave me a solid foundation from which to thrive. After graduating from Boston Latin School, I went off to Princeton University, and later UCLA law school.
Equipped with the knowledge and skills acquired from these institutions, I returned to Boston and began my law career at a non-profit providing free representation to students and their parents in education matters, including school discipline and special needs cases. Before embarking on a run for Boston City Council, I served as deputy legal counsel for Governor Deval Patrick. In these positions and others, I worked on legal and policy issues including education, school-to-prison pipeline, and immigration matters affecting our children in some of the poorest communities in Boston, and with non-profits on a pro-bono basis to assist them in obtaining their 501(c)(3) status.
Ultimately, the motivating force that drove me to run for City Council was my twin brother Andre. Andre died four years ago while a pre-trial detainee in the custody of the Department of Correction after not receiving the medical care he needed. He was 29 years old. I think often about Andre and how different our lives turned out.
What did I have that ensured I would have a chance at success and Andre not? I had great schools, good mentors, effective teachers, quality after-school and summer jobs, a strong church community, and opportunities that far too few of my peers, including my twin, are afforded. I want every resident of District 4 to have access to the same resources and opportunities I had growing up in Boston. I want our youth to have those same opportunities including a great education, training and local job opportunities.
As your District 4 City Councilor, I will be accessible and responsive, listen to you, and regularly attend our community’s civic association meetings. My office will efficiently and effectively respond to constituent requests, and convene residents to hear from them on continued ways to improve the delivery of those services. We will also focus on building partnerships to bring more opportunities, services, and resources to District 4 to meet the needs of our residents including our seniors and youth.
I love District 4 because it is diverse, rich in history, where my family lives, and the place where I will have kids. I want my future children to have the very foundation I had here. Only together as a community, can we make that happen