Special to the Gazette
Winnie Eke, the third place finisher in the District 6 Boston City Council race, has endorsed former Boston School Committee member Mary Tamer to represent the neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and parts of Roslindale, Mission Hill and Roxbury.
“I’m supporting Mary Tamer because I know she brings the leadership, vision, and experience to best represent these neighborhoods and address the challenges that our city is facing,” said Eke, a longtime Boston Public Schools teacher and former board member of the Parkway YMCA. “Mary shares my commitment to Boston’s children and seniors, and she will actively work with community members to ensure that the needs of our neighborhoods are heard and addressed.”
A longtime resident of West Roxbury and active community leader and advocate, Winnie is a mother and grandmother. She was a science teacher at Boston Latin Academy and West Roxbury Education Complex and holds a Ph.D. in public policy, master’s degrees in health education and educational administration, and a bachelor’s degree in biology-chemistry. She is currently teaching at Boston College.
“I’m honored to have Winnie Eke’s endorsement and know we have a lot of work ahead to address many of our shared priorities, including a greater focus on housing affordability and the provision of more services and opportunities for the seniors who make District 6 their home,” said Tamer, former President of the League of Women Voters of Boston. “Winnie and I both understand the importance of bringing people together and working collaboratively to get things done for our neighborhoods, and I look forward to connecting with her supporters throughout District 6 in the days ahead.”
Eke’s endorsement follows other prominent local leaders supporting Tamer’s campaign, including City Councilor Matt O’Malley (D-West Roxbury), former Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain), State Representative Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury), and the Honorable Angela Menino.
Boston City Council President Pro Tempore Matt O’Malley, who also endorsed Tamer, has served as the District 6 Boston City Councilor for the last 11 years. O’Malley announced in December 2020 that he would not seek re-election in 2021. Tamer will face Kendra Hicks in the general election on Nov. 2.
With a lifelong passion for public service, Mary Tamer is running to serve as the next City Councilor for District 6, which includes the neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, along with portions of Roslindale, Mission Hill and Roxbury. Mary is a former Boston School Committee member, staunch advocate for children with special needs, and past President of the League of Women Voters of Boston, the oldest League in the nation. She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of two sons they raised in Roslindale and West Roxbury.