Why I’m Running
I’m Jared Nicholson and I’m excited to announce that I am running for Mayor of Lynn. I’m running to help with the recovery from COVID-19 and to provide leadership for growth that includes all Lynners.
I would like to thank Mayor McGee for his steadfast leadership, particularly during the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19.
Going forward, we need to continue to learn and adapt to beat the virus and heal from the pain it has caused us. We must also address our long-term challenges. We need better schools, better jobs, better housing, and more peace.
Lynn can be a factory of opportunity, where we break down barriers of race and class and make bright futures possible for all Lynners.
I look forward to a campaign full of conversations about the community’s vision for Lynn’s future.
- Our student population has increased by 8% over the last 5 years and 21% since 2008.
- Nearly half of our schools are over 100 years old.
- Three terms on the Lynn School Committee, Chair of the Policy Subcommittee
- Helped develop new initiative for students across the district to learn job skills after school at Lynn Tech
- Founded wrestling program with teams at the varsity high school and middle school levels
- Build new schools, starting with Pickering Middle School
- Support the efforts underway to return to school safely and make up for lost learning and social-emotional development.
- Continue to create more pathways to college and jobs and more afterschool opportunities
- Lynn’s unemployment rate in February was 10.2%, 40% higher than the statewide rate.
- Median household income in Lynn is $53,000, 40% lower than in Essex County.
- The poverty rate in Lynn is over 1 in 6 residents, 40% higher than in Essex County.
- Law professor who works with and researches small businesses
- Provided free legal assistance to Lynn small businesses struggling during the pandemic
- Deep private sector experience working with new startups, big companies, and local businesses
- Support local entrepreneurs for more growth from our community
- Prepare Lynners for good jobs and bring more diversity to public jobs so that our agencies can better serve the community
- Improve transportation for Lynners to get to good jobs
- Support workers who are fighting to make their jobs better
- Rent has increased 15% over the last year.
- Almost half the city is considered “burdened” by their housing costs.
- Legal expert on housing and community development
- Legal aid experience defending tenants from unfair evictions and foreclosures
- Served on Steering Committee of the Housing Lynn plan
- Support smart growth that’s inclusive and sustainable
- Protect renters from bad conditions in the existing housing stock
- Make space for Lynners in new housing stock
- There were almost 350 opioid overdoses in 2019, down from 2018 but still very high.
- Statewide, intimate partner violence accounts for 20% of all violent crime
- Pushed for curriculum with my colleagues that was adopted in Lynn Public Schools for social-emotional learning
- Success in advocating for reform working with my colleagues to rethink student discipline policies
- Established partnership between Lynn Public Schools and North Shore Rape Crisis Center
- Address underlying mental health and social emotional needs in our community
- Acknowledge and target the toll of intimate partner violence
- Pursue vision of public safety that sends the right team with the right skills in the right moments
- Longstanding racial disparities in education, healthcare, law enforcement, immigration, housing, and the workplace block opportunities for people of color in Lynn.
- While we were dealing with the impacts of a pandemic felt disproportionately by race and class, events and activism has brought the Black Lives Matter and Stop AAPI Hate movements to the forefront of our collective attention. This is also true in Lynn.
- The School Committee unanimously adopted a resolution affirming our schools as safe and welcoming sanctuaries for all students in 2017, including a commitment that at all LPS students will be treated equally regardless of their immigration status.
- The School Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of eradicating racism in 2020, highlighting our ongoing efforts and committing to tangible next steps.
- Provided pro bono legal services to more than a hundred entrepreneurs of color as part of Jared’s work as a lawyer and law professor with small businesses in support of community-led growth
- Push for an equitable rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and an equitable recovery for the economy
- Work to eliminate gaps in student achievement by race.
- Bring more diversity to public jobs so that our agencies can better reflect and serve the community.
- Pursue vision of public safety that sends the right team with the right skills in the right moments.