On Saturday, residents elect members to the JP Neighborhood Council, a volunteer advisory board. The 20-member Neighborhood Council is divided into three districts, with five members from each area and five at-large members.
Only two people, both incumbents, are running for the five slots in Area B, which comprises roughly central JP east of Centre Street. That means that both would probably be reelected, unless at least four write-in candidates get more votes.
Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations: , and . Any JP resident 16 or older can vote.
Here are candidate statements from the two candidates.
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Dave Baron is a 15-year resident of Jamaica Plain. He has served as one of the Area B representatives to the JPNC for five years and has chaired the council’s Zoning Committee since 2009. Dave also led in 2009 and 2010 the ad hoc committee responsible for updating the JPNC election procedures and by-laws. By day, Dave has a solo law practice specializing in real estate matters. As a member of the Neighborhood Council, his priorities are ensuring a fair and open community process, particularly around zoning matters, and serving as a JP advocate and liaison to City government.
I am a prisoners’ rights attorney and a current member of the JPNC serving on the Housing and Development Committee. I value our vibrant and diverse community, and if you elect me I will continue to support affordable housing and responsible development informed by community process. I support initiatives that assist low- and moderate-income residents, youths and anti-displacement work. The overarching value that I bring to my work is a desire to support people fighting for their economic, social, cultural and civil rights. I hope that you will vote for me to continue serving on the JPNC.