“A Conversation with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award-winning public policy forum, OPEN HOUSE, launches its 20th season with special guest Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The forum, “A Conversation with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh,” is the first of the 20th season and will be held Wednesday, September 3rd, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston in November 2013, succeeding Thomas Menino, the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. Mayor Walsh was first elected in 1997 to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 13th Suffolk District in Boston. During his tenure in the House, Mayor Walsh established himself as a leader on creating and protecting jobs and growing the economy. He authored landmark public construction law reforms that increased flexibility and accountability, helped pass transit-oriented mixed-use “smart growth district” legislation, and was a strong supporter of infrastructure and zoning improvements. During the state fiscal crisis, he was a key broker in compromise legislation giving municipalities more tools to negotiate substantial savings on health insurance benefits while protecting the rights of hardworking people to receive the decent pay and benefits they have earned.

In the Legislature, he fought for annual funding for alternative schools and helped pass a law that allows the city to transform underperforming schools into pilot, magnet, and in-district charter schools. A champion for civil rights, Mayor Walsh was a vocal early advocate for marriage equality, which he calls his proudest vote ever as a state lawmaker, and he compiled a strong record in support of communities of color, immigrants, seniors, and all the people of our city and state. He also became known as the State House leader on substance abuse and recovery issues.

What are the most pressing challenges facing Boston today? How difficult was it to go from the state legislature to running one of the country’s biggest cities? What are the key components of leadership? How does the vitality of Boston affect the rest of the Commonwealth? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum on September 3rd, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman. 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.