John Sees All of Us, and Knows How to Lift All of Us Up.
Like John Barros, I wear many different hats in our community. I am the president of digital strategy agency Outside the Box, and I help co-lead the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL) in Uphams Corner, as well as Rhythm N’ Wraps, a Vegan restaurant in Allston. I first met John through FIL when he lent us a helping hand while we were struggling to connect with the City and access resources to grow our small business. In true John fashion, he played a critical role in putting us in contact with the right assistance we needed.
What stuck out to me about John was not just the fact that he was an incredibly helpful resource for us at City Hall, but that he continued to uplift our organization and quickly became a friendly and recurring face at FIL and in our circle. As the mayoral campaign began to pick up, I was excited when he chose Rhythm N’ Wraps as a location to host a virtual meet and greet. At the time, I was still an undecided voter. But after that conversation, I knew that John was a high-quality man who not only has the executive experience to drive Boston forward, but also the lived experience that resonates with so many Bostonians and small business owners.
I have had the privilege of getting to know John on the campaign trail, and I know he cares deeply about his community and about making Boston a better place. He knows what it takes to uplift those in our neighborhoods who are hurting, and will serve as an excellent role model for Black and brown young men in need of representation. He understands the trauma that too often goes unseen and then later manifests itself violently in our communities, and has been working diligently with community leaders to build a plan that addresses the cycle of trauma that men of color experience in our City.
I’ve also gotten a chance to interact with John behind closed doors when he’s with his family. After watching him with his four young children and his wife, I can see what drives his determination to make Boston a place where everyone can thrive.
But don’t take my word for it, come and meet with John at his next neighborhood meet and greet and see for yourself.
I hope you’ll join me in voting for John Barros on September 14th, and if you’re able, pitch in whatever you can to help us make him Boston’s next mayor.