District 7 candidates stake positions in forum

Seven candidates for the District 7 City Council seat discussed housing, the opiod crisis, public safety and other municipal issues during an online forum hosted by local ward committees and civic groups last week.

Former District 7 Councilor Tito Jackson moderated the panel. The following are summaries of the candidates’ positions on issues raised by the organizers.

Tania Anderson Fernandes

The former head of the Upham’s Corner Mainstreets organization stressed her experience as a Cape Verde-born immigrant who moved to the United States at age 10 and helped raise her two younger siblings while living in public housing.

“I am a small business owner and an artist, I faced deportation and experienced homelessness by the age of 23,” she said during her opening remarks. “I’m a mother of two and a foster mother to 17 children.”

Asked how she would help District 7 residents facing eviction, she advocated for the


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