I’m voting for…
With just two days until election day, we have received numerous letters of support for political candidates from residents of South Boston. We will feature these letters in the hopes it will help the undecided voters make a decision. If you would like to share your support for your candidate, you can email us at [email protected]
Our next letter in this series is in support of Marty Walsh for Mayor of Boston.
My name is Sean Barrett. I am a 28 year old resident of South Boston and I am voting for Marty Walsh.
I attended Boston public schools throughout my childhood and graduated from Boston Latin Academy in 2003. In my junior year, I started the process of enlisting in the United States Air Force through the delayed entry program. My guidance counselor advised that I was making a mistake, and that college is the answer for everybody. However, I knew in my heart, that college wasn’t the answer for me at that time in my life.
Today, I am an Air Force veteran, a Boston Firefighter, a devoted husband, a father of two children, and a homeowner. I work hard every day to provide for my family with hard fought union wages and at 28, I am finally working on a college degree with the help of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
My point is, “union” is not a dirty word. There are many pathways to the middle class. And everyone who is willing to put in a day’s work deserves to earn a fair wage in safe conditions. It is disappointing to see working men and women portrayed as thugs and used against a good man who wants to be Mayor of Boston.
When I hear attacks on working families, it makes me think of my father-in-law—a man who grew up in the Charlestown projects. As a young man, he was accepted into the electricians program at Charlestown High. Upon graduation he entered the IBEW apprenticeship program, and started his career as a union electrician. If not for that electrician program, he may not have ever left the projects and I may have never had met his beautiful daughter.
I am voting for Marty Walsh because he is the hardest working man in this race who understands the struggles of working families and works to make their lives better.