Kelly will be the first queer woman to win an At-Large seat in the history of Somerville!
Charlotte Kelly (she/her) is a queer, fourth-generation resident, renter, and community organizer running for City Council At-Large and she is running to make sure community voices can shape a Somerville that works for all of us. Charlotte has organized shoulder-to-shoulder with frontline communities, workers, and neighbors to take on the crises of our time from police brutality to climate change. At 23 years old, Charlotte became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, and students fighting for more equitable public schools and colleges. Together, they won more than $1.5 billion dollars in state funding for K-12 schools across Massachusetts, leaving an unprecedented impact on a generation of students. She is currently organizing with neighbors who have experienced violence at the hands of the police to defund SPD. Somerville has directed more funding toward expanding policing instead of addressing systemic racism and economic inequity for decades. Charlotte has fought for investment in public services that are accessible, life-affirming, and work toward structural change. Charlotte knows we can do things differently. We can have more affordable housing, invest in our schools, make public transportation free, and create good union jobs in the process. Charlotte knows that bringing people together to fight for solutions can be truly transformative, not just for ourselves but for our communities.