Saying her victory “will set the progressive movement on fire,” State Representative Nika Elu-gardo on July 19 enthusiastically endorsed Mayor Kim Janey in the 2021 Boston mayoral race.
“I enthusiastically endorse Kim Janey for Mayor because her victory will set the progressive movement on fire in the most disenfranchised neighborhoods of our city,” stated Representa-tive Elugardo. “As a City Councilor and now as Mayor, Kim Janey has been a passionate, pro-gressive leader on issues ranging from jobs and economic development, to reimagining polic-ing, to ensuring equity in exam schools. In a field lush with political prowess and progressive credibility, the Janey candidacy presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that mobilizes the genius of a generation of BIPOC residents in the poorest, Blackest and most politically mar-ginalized parts of Boston — including Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. If elected to a full term, Mayor Janey will continue to center the seat of power among the most disenfranchised and, in so doing, will unleash the pent up progressive force that is ripe and ready to transform Boston.”
“I am so proud and grateful to have earned the support of my proud, progressive sister-in-service Representative Nika Elugardo,” said Mayor Janey. “Long before being elected to of-fice, Nika was fighting for those who have too often been shut out of the halls of power. She has brought her passion and brilliance to the State House on behalf of marginalized communi-ties in Boston, quickly becoming an effective, respected and vital voice on Beacon Hill for ra-cial, social and economic justice in Boston and beyond.”
Representative Nika Elugardo represents the 15th Suffolk District, which includes Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roslindale and Brookline. She has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development with public, private and nonprofit leaders, especially in BIPOC communities. As a State Representative, she continues her mission to expand the power and voice of people historically marginalized — from incarcerated activists, to public housing resi-dents, to immigrant and BIPOC leaders.
She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Boston University Law School.