Lydia Edwards is a proven leader and innovator who gets results. As an attorney she drafted and passed legislation to protect women workers and led a department of city government on the day-to-day issues facing Bostonians in housing and economic development.


As a homeowner and landlord, Lydia understands the hard work and sacrifice it takes to build a home in this district. She wants to assure our children have pathways to stable jobs, home ownership, and are able call Boston their home in the future. Lydia’s mother, a veteran, instilled in Lydia a sense of service to her community. Today, Lydia is one of the founding members of East Boston’s Community Soup Kitchen.

Lydia lives with her husband, a small business owner, in East Boston and looks forward to using her innovative leadership to ensure opportunity, good schools, safe streets, and a strong local economy for the communities of East Boston, Charlestown and the North End.


  • An Independent Voice

    Lydia will work to advocate for small businesses that shape our communities to ensure fairness and opportunity for our main streets.

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  • Housing & Development

    Lydia was named a 2017 “Game Changer” by the Boston Globe for her creative ways of thinking about housing and for bringing together developers, tenants, and homeowners to come up with s

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  • Education

    Community is important to Lydia. Keeping neighborhoods safe, improving education, and providing adequate support for our seniors are top priorities. She will be available and accessible as our city councilor and provide the open and independent leadership our district deserves.

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  • Transportation and Parking

    Traffic congestion is a huge problem for many parts of the district, in part because our district has much to offer and serves as connector for Boston, the suburbs and, through the airport, much of the world. I will work closely with the Boston Transportation Department, MBTA and MassDOT to reduce traffic congestion and ensure our streets are safe and sustainable, and I will approach developers with an eye toward aligning new projects to meet city goals on accessing to housing, quality transportation and environmental sustainability.

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For City Council, District 1: Lydia Edwards