New mayors offering hope, vision for the future

Pledging to listen to all residents, she pointed to the issues facing the city and the nation.

“Not only do we have a regional affordability crisis, deep racial and social injustices to address, and a planetary climate threat to contend with, we are still in the greatest public health challenge in a century,” she said.

“That may sound daunting, but I have the good fortune to be Mayor of Somerville,” Ballantyne said. “We’re going to face our challenges together and beat them, because that is the nature of this community that long ago embraced me and became my home.”