My name is Justin Tseng, I’m from Medford, Massachusetts.
I am in the class of 2022
and I study social studies and East Asian studies.
Growing up in Medford is actually a very rewarding experience
because I find Medford very salt of the earth.
It’s also very diverse and so you grow up with people
who, neighbors who look different from you
and who have different lived experiences from you.
That I think really broadens our world perspective.
And so that’s why I decided to run for office,
because I think that, that lived experience is super important
for our politicians and our leaders to know about and to take into account
when they’re creating policy for a city.
Even if I wasn’t going to win the election,
it was important for me to step in there to try my best to shape the conversation.
我尽最大努力居中协调 影响政治会话 很重要
As a councilor,
you have these priorities when you’re running for office
and they don’t really change, right? They’re still core issues to me.
But then you have the daily issues at City Hall,
legal services or budgeting, the services we provide for residents.
And so for me, the way to kind of marry these two sets of priorities
is to really apply the issues that I’ve run on
as a lens to the daily workings of City Hall.
When it comes to racial justice and racial equity,
for me, it’s about seeing, you know,
对我来说 主要是要看 你知道的
what is the city doing now in terms of providing services
and how can we make those services more equitable?
I decided to run now as a student
because I really think that I can bring a lens to the issue,
a perspective on the issue that really takes advantage of the now.
I looked in the mirror and I realized
if we didn’t take advantage of the moment
in terms of responding to climate change,
in terms of responding to racial justice issues in Medford
I would feel like we missed an opportunity there.
For the next two years that I’m in office,
increasing the everyday quality of life is really on the top of my mind.
How can we in the next two years tangibly improve our school system
and how can we relieve that financial pressure off of our families
when it comes to paying rent and being pushed out of our city?
My hope is that in the next two years
we’ll be able to address some of these issues.
The truth is change takes a while,
but I’m optimistic that we’re heading in the right direction.