Alejandra St. Guillen, a Mission Hill native who is currently the director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, has announced that she will run for a At-Large City Councilor seat next year.
The current At-Large City Councilors are Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Flaherty, and Annissa Essaibi George. But Pressley is leaving for Washington, D.C. for her newly won Congressional seat in January. Althea Garrison, a perennial candidate for elected office, earned fifth place in the At-Large City Councilor race in 2017, and per City rules, will replace Pressley.
St. Guillen said in a blast email, “I am running to serve as your next At-Large Boston City Councilor to address growing inequalities, from income to public safety to education. To do this, I plan to build cross-neighborhood and cross-sector partnerships that focus on improving equity in educational outcomes and the impacts of public safety practices.”
St. Guillen will need to be one of the top four vote getters in the At-Large City Councilor race in 2019 to earn a seat. It is unclear at this early stage how many competitors she will have.
St. Guillen in her email blast also talked about her upbringing and background.
“I was born and raised in Mission Hill and have dedicated my life and professional experience to the people of Boston,” she said. “As a parent, wife, and public advocate, I understand firsthand the opportunities for prosperity and mobility in our great city. I also understand the multi-faceted obstacles that deny these opportunities to many.”