Kevin Tarpley

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Kevin Tarpley

DSA endorsement

Democratic Left, Fall/Winter 2001, page 15

On August 18 2001, Boston Democratic Socialists of America Summer conference voted to endorse Denise Provost and Kevin Tarpley for re-election to Somerville’s Board of Aldermen and Felix Arroyo for an At- Large seat on the Boston City Council.[1]

Kevin Tarpley, the first African- American elected in Somerville, sponsored and helped push through a living wage” ordinance in his first term. Kevin has shown solidarity with many trade union struggles, both on the picket line and in City Hall, and has organized Ward 2 residents and local businesses to negotiate for mixed-use development and affordable housing. He is backed by SEIU 285, Ironworkers Local 7, Carpenters Local 218, Firemen and Oilers Local 3, and the Allied Painters Council.[2]