September 15, 2011
Contact: Kevin Gilnack, Communications Director, 617.506.9670

Young Democrats endorse Stewart’s re-election bid for Brockton City Council

BROCKTON, MA – The Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDM) are working to re-elect Jass Stewart and reminding residents to get out to the polls next Tuesday.

“Jass has been a champion for young people and all of the people of Brockton. He brings an important voice to the Council and I hope residents will get out and vote to re-elect Jass Stewart next Tuesday, Nov. 8,” said YDM Chair Elaine Almquist.

During his first term, Stewart has been a vocal and pragmatic voice against the siting of a power plant in Brockton and help pioneer a youth entrepreneurship initiative. He has also worked to increase transparency in city government by passing an ordinance to require all city meetings be posted online. 

“At a time when young people face disproportionately high unemployment and are increasingly disenchanted with government, YDM is thrilled to back a candidate who has a track record of putting ideas into action to help create local jobs and make government more accountable, efficient, and transparent,” Almquist said.

During his first term, Stewart also launched five study groups to engage citizens on topics including accountability, jobs, education, safety, and neighborhoods; attended 845 community events and responded to 615 inquiries from residents.

Stewart is the first-ever minority or openly gay person elected to Brockton’s City Council. Currently serving his first two-year term, he represents the entire city as one of four At-Large Councilors.

Stewart currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton. He also served on the boards of Brockton Neighbors United, the Brockton Telecommunications Commission, the Center for the Advancement of Science Exploration at Bridgewater State College, the Mayor’s Taskforce on After-School Programs, Neighborhood Crime Watch, and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Stewart lives on Clyde Street in north Brockton. He cites the culture, progressive political environment, and sense of community as reasons for his permanent move to Massachusetts. Yet, his decision to move to Brockton was an even more personal one. After thriving in the bustle of the greater Boston area for 10 years, Brockton’s small-town charm, convenient location, and incredible potential for a prosperous business and family life attracted him to the city in 1999.

Municipal elections are being held at Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Brockton and 52 other Massachusetts communities. Polls will be open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts is a partisan political organization with over 3,000 members mobilized to create positive change across the Commonwealth.  Our members are the leaders of today: Democrats under the age of 36 committed to getting Democrats elected and promoting progressive legislation.  We are the future: now.