Here’s what you don’t know about Mike Kelley. He has been active in community service and political activism his entire adult life.
At 18, Kelley had a job at Northwest Airlines (NWA), loading luggage. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists union. He had a sweet job, with sweet benefits.
Kelley had other plans. While still at NWA, he applied and was accepted to the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) first Youth College for Campaign Training. HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. HRC sent Kelley to work on President Bill Clinton’s Whistle Stop Tour in Royal Oak Michigan. He returned to his job at NWA a changed man.
Kelley went on to serve as former Mayor Tom Menino’s South End and Bay Village Neighborhood Coordinator and as the Liaison to the LGBT Community.
The District 2 seat has historically been held by a South Boston resident. James Kelly from 1984-2007, and Bill Linehan from 2007-2017. While the other candidate in the race, Ed Flynn, son of former Mayor Ray Flynn and, no surprise, a South Boston resident, is capable and reliable public servant, with a strong history of constituent services, the district also needs thoughtful and visionary representation.
That’s why South End News endorses Mike Kelley for District 2 Boston City Council.