Running on a progressive platform, the candidate emphasizes her social justice work

by Karen Morales, Bay State Banner

“Our district will never again have to lobby our representatives to do what is right for this community and fight for our interests,” said Nika Elugardo at her campaign kick-off party last week for the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk district seat.

She will be challenging state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, a lifelong resident of the district who has held the office since 2003.

Addressing a full house at The Frogmore restaurant in Jamaica Plain, Elugardo articulated a vision for a more progressive House of Representatives on Beacon Hill.

“[Elect a] representative who will demonstrate, not just talk about, this commitment by respecting your brilliance and your power and championing your rights without fear, without falsehood and with the many diverse and ingenious voices of our community,” said Elugardo.

Among the supporters in attendance were Mel King, veteran community organizer and former state representative, and former City Councilor Tito Jackson.

“Nika knows that the cavalry is not coming,” said Jackson. “Nika will lead on affordable housing, comprehensive immigration reform, the Fight for $15 [and] criminal justice reform. She will ensure our city will have the leadership that we need.”

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