REVERE — Joe Gravellese (D-Revere) announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 16th Suffolk District on Monday, joining the race to replace outgoing representative RoseLee Vincent.
He will launch his campaign with a Virtual Town Hall on Facebook on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 PM, taking questions from residents on social media or via email at email@example.com.
“Massachusetts is facing serious challenges that require bold leadership,” said Gravellese. “Our transportation system is in a full-blown crisis, with commuters all over the region experiencing delays and gridlock. Housing in the Boston area is becoming increasingly unaffordable for working families. Climate change is already causing flooding in coastal communities like ours, and will impact us for the rest of my lifetime.”
“To tackle these challenges, we need ambitious leadership that pushes to change the status quo and leave behind a better Commonwealth.”
Gravellese is well-known to residents in Revere, having served in the administration of Mayor Brian Arrigo, as Chairman of the Revere Scholarship Committee, and as a member of the Revere Democratic City Committee. Gravellese also spent time working at the State House as legislative director to Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), where he worked on legislation to protect workers from predatory workplace practices, repair natural gas leaks, and promote clean energy.
He is a Revere native, having grown up in the Beachmont neighborhood before moving to West Revere. Gravellese is a 2006 graduate of Revere High School, and a 2010 graduate of Boston College.
Gravellese said his top priorities will include further investing in public transportation, including connecting the MBTA blue and red lines, expanding service on the commuter rail, improving the bus system, and making the system safer and more reliable. He will also push for legislation to make housing more accessible and affordable for working families in the Boston area; increase access to higher education, including technical and vocational programs; and transition Massachusetts to 100% clean, renewable energy.
Gravellese will formally pull papers to run for office this week.
Residents can learn more about Joe and his campaign at www.joegrav.com.