On July 19, District 8 Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok announced her endorsement of At-Large City Council candidates Jon Spillane and Ruthzee Louijeune.
“Housing affordability is the top issue the Boston City Council must tackle to preserve and strengthen our diverse communities, so I need colleagues who have demonstrated deep commitment to housing,” Councilor Bok said.
“Jon Spillane built affordable housing at Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), and then worked on expanding financial support for our local housing programs as my City Council budget director.
“Ruthzee Louijeune has fought on behalf of tenants at Boston Housing Court, and she recently helped the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA), where I serve on the board, negotiate major new private funds to support first-generation homeownership.”
“Their deep experience and capability in affordable housing will be of critical help in setting the direction for a more inclusive City in the Council’s next term. I’m very proud to endorse Ruthzee and Jon for Boston City Council At Large.”
Councilor Bok represents the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the West End. She chairs the Council’s Ways and Means Committee and PILOT Reform Committee. Prior to her election, Bok worked at the Boston Housing Authority and helped run the successful 2016 ballot campaign to pass the Community Preservation Act in Boston.
Ruthzee Louijeune grew up in Mattapan, attended Boston Latin School, Columbia University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School, and most recently served as Senior Counsel on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential and Senate campaigns. She now resides in Hyde Park. Jon Spillane, a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, and Suffolk Law School, grew up in Hyde Park and now lives on Beacon Hill, where he served as Councilor Bok’s Director of Budget and Constitutent Services before launching his campaign.