O’Malley prepares for second term

WEST ROXBURY – After earning a whopping 85 percent of the vote in the Boston City Council District 6 race, incumbent Matt O’Malley said, “I take that as a mandate to continue the work we’ve been doing,” as he looks toward the future.

The Jamaica Plain resident received 18,196 out of 21,389 votes in the Nov. 5 municipal election in his race against West Roxbury’s Luis Valerio. He will be sworn in for his second term on Jan. 6, 2014.

“I live and breathe this job,” said O’Malley.

The 34-year-old said when he learned he received such a huge percentage of the vote, “I was just incredibly overwhelmed.”

Grateful to be re-elected, O’Malley is looking forward to seeing through West Roxbury projects he spearheaded, including improvements to the Beethoven School’s playground and Phase II upgrades to West Roxbury’s Millennium Park, to name a few.

O’Malley said he will also have “a larger focus on high schools” in his coming term.

While upgrades to the West Roxbury Education Complex’s fields are in the works, O’Malley said, “We want to make sure we’re offering better programming” at the schools, including helping students find summer jobs, creating business partnerships for internships and jobs as well as career guidance.

“There’s a lot we’re going to focus on,” he said.

O’Malley said he will also work with small businesses and hopes to help bring new ones to West Roxbury and the rest of his district.

“We still have quite a few for-rent signs,” he noted. Working with West Roxbury Main Streets, O’Malley said he aims to identify the neighborhood’s needs, talk to residents and storeowners, and “work to try to recruit those businesses” that would do well in the district.

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Originally published by the West Roxbury Transcript on November 17, 2013. Written by Julie M. Cohen.