Joanne T. Pomodoro is a life-long resident of East Boston and an independent candidate running to be the next the State Representative of East Boston. Joanne is running because she is tired of going to community meetings and not having her concerns be heard–one of them being selling East Boston to developers for profit. She wants people who haven’t been heard to be heard and will represent the underserved through representation. What makes her qualified is her work experience as a social worker or better known as a “change agent.”
As a social worker she has helped countless people with their problems; found solutions; healed people from trauma (especially from the Boston Marathon Bombing); and empowered people by becoming pro-active–versus reactive–and taking charge of their life. And what she really wants to do as the next State Rep is re-invest East Boston through stake ownership.
“If you invest in something you have ownership in it,” she says. For those who lives here and wants to stay here they should have a discount–and not be pushed out of their homes because of luxury housing. And so she is advocating a voucher program so that middle class families can stay and prosper here in East Boston.
“I don’t make a blanket speech; I speak from my heart. I am not a professional politician but I am a professional social worker which specializes in helping people.”
Her three biggest priorities that she is advocating for as state rep are: Health and Wellness; Gentrification; and Community Unification.
Here are responses of questions from the Twitterverse that Joanne answered
JP: We don’t get to choose how we run. When I was 18 years old, I registered as an Independent. The reason I did that because I wanted to choose the issues, not the politician nor the party. If someone had an issue that I was concerned about, I aligned myself with him. That’s the way I voted. So I’ve been an Independent all my life and that’s the way I’ll stay.
JP: I bring personal connection. I don’t make a blanket speech. I speak from my heart; I am not a professional politician. But I am a professional social worker which I am an expert in helping people. And that’s what I bring to this job and to the community. I care for people no matter their economic status, race, religion, or gender. That’s what I do. And that’s what I will continue to do.