I've lived in Northampton for 21 years, and have lived almost 14 years in Ward 5 near Florence center on the rail trail. I'm co-founder and a current worker-owner with the Pedal People Cooperative. This has given me a wheels and feet on the ground view of Northampton, and extensive experience in facilitating groups and finding consensus, all while running a small business committed to the environment and workers' rights.
I currently serve on the Northampton Housing Partnership, a city board that works for affordable housing. I was a founding team member of Valley Time Trade, served on the board of the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, and am a volunteer for the Pioneer Valley Worker's Center.
I have a lifetime commitment as an "adopted uncle" to a family here in Florence. I am also recently married and have two new stepchildren in my life!
"There is so much I could say about Alex Jarrett, it's hard to summarize why I think we'd be incredibly fortunate to have him as one of our city's leaders! I have utter respect for Alex and believe he would bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, and ideas to our community as a city councilor. Alex has... (see more)"
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Housing is a human right. We need to make Northampton more affordable by increasing the housing stock, lobbying for the ability to change our property tax structure and encouraging or requiring affordable units in new developments.More
I believe in encouraging denser development in downtown and village areas, and reducing it at the outskirts of the city, to save the city money, create a more walkable environment and to reduce carbon emissions.More
We're facing unprecedented change over the next fifty years and we need to take radical and immediate steps to minimize and mitigate the worst of those effects. As a city, we need to commit to a transition to 100% clean energy. It's great that we've committed to being carbon neutral by 2050. How can we achieve that even sooner?More
Whatever way we choose to travel, I want that way to be safe and efficient. For most of the past 70 years, transportation policy has focused on getting cars as quickly as possible to their destination, which has impacted development policy and quality of life in all other areas.More
Wealth inequality is a worldwide problem. It's also a local one. In Northampton, it is especially apparent in housing and wages. Two families that work equally hard can have vastly different earnings.More
Everyone should have the right to be safe and accepted. I will work to end discrimination and inequality in our city.More
I believe in strong local public schools. We must get adequate state funding to pay fair salaries and provide the needed additional positions and resources.More
I support strong local businesses and workers' rights. I believe these two go together. Workers who are respected will be dedicated to the success of their workplace.More
I want to make sure that all voices are heard in city government. People who show up at city meetings, write or speak with their representatives tend to be disproportionately white, middle class and able-bodied. I will listen to these voices, and I will also do an assessment of who is not in the room, and come up with strategies to make sure everyone is heard.More
The resources we have as a community are astounding. I feel very lucky to live here and am grateful every day for the people, the roads and paths, the trees and fields, the animals, the air and the water, and the buildings that are available to me. This sense of gratitude makes me want to give and share.More