With State Rep. Nick Collins winning the primary for the State Senate First Suffolk District this past Tuesday, he seems to be a shoe-in for winner of the final election in May. So you know what that means, folks? We’ve got an election for his soon to be opened state representative seat. David Biele, a former aide to Collins released a statement this week that he has picked up nomination papers to run for this seat.
Read his statement below:
I would like to congratulate my friend and mentor, Representative Nick Collins, on securing the Democratic nomination for State Senator of the First Suffolk District. I have been proud to work in Representative Collins’ office and on his campaign and will continue to support his efforts to become our district’s next State Senator.
This morning, following many conversations with family, friends, and neighbors throughout South Boston and Dorchester, I picked up nomination papers for the office of State Representative of the 4th Suffolk District. Having worked in Representative Collins’ office on behalf of the district’s residents for several years, I am confident that I am the candidate most qualified to hit the ground running on the issues that matter to us all: improving the reliability and efficiency of a public transportation system faced with overcrowding and increased demand; an exploding real estate market that is pricing too many families and young people out of the neighborhoods that have made us who we are; and an opioid crisis that is robbing too many of our friends and neighbors of their dreams, loved ones, and lives.
I have always believed in public service and have spent the majority of my professional life trying to give back to the community that has given me so much. My time working in the State House and as an attorney for the Commonwealth have shown me the importance of affecting positive change through service. If entrusted with the responsibility to serve as this district’s State Representative, I will work tirelessly to ensure that all of its residents have the opportunity to earn a decent living, afford a safe place to live and raise their families, and to come together as neighbors to build a community that we can all call “home.”
It is an exciting time to be in Boston. We have experienced unprecedented growth, but not without growing pains. As both a life-long resident and young professional, I understand the many concerns facing our community. I take the MBTA to work and understand our community’s expanding transportation needs. I have lost friends to the opioid crisis but, more importantly, I have seen friends thrive in recovery programs that are crucial to our community. I’ve run along the coastline, from the South Boston Waterfront, down to Castle Island, and continuing along the Harborwalk and out to Columbia Point. I understand the need to protect our natural resources and to ensure our community is resilient to climate change. And I know that too many are being priced out of the neighborhoods, carving the heart out of our communities and making them transitory places, instead of vibrant neighborhoods in which life-long residents and new residents can live, thrive, and enjoy a strong sense of community with their neighbors.
The 4th Suffolk District needs a leader who has the experience, knowledge, and passion to efficiently and effectively advocate for our community and work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for everyone in South Boston and Dorchester. I am excited to talk directly to residents about our shared goals and how we can accomplish them so that together we can improve the quality of life across our community for ALL residents.