Jan 05, 2018

NAGE Member Ed Flynn Sworn In as New Boston City Councilor

On a bitingly cold New Year’s Day, NAGE member Ed Flynn joined his new colleagues at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theater to take the oath of office as a new Boston City Councilor.
Flynn, a probation officer in Suffolk Superior Court, was sworn in as the new District 2 councilor, representing voters in South Boston, Chinatown, and parts of the South End, Beacon Hill, and downtown. He also served in the U.S. Navy and reserves for 24 years, and is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The last time a Veteran served on the Boston City Council was 1999.  Flynn was also a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration. The son of former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, the younger Flynn has also been a long-time supporter of organized labor.
“Ed has a lifetime of experience serving the public and standing up for working women and men,” said David Holway, NAGE national president. “I’m sure he’ll do a great job bringing his history to the present and adapting it to the future.”
In an after-inauguration party for his supporters, Flynn pledged to build bridges between all of the neighborhoods in his district. Among his priorities, he told the crowd, will be affordable housing for senior citizens and veterans and Boston’s school system, as well as support for residents in recovery.
“The support from NAGE members and staff has been incredible,” remarks Flynn.  “They played an essential part in my successful campaign.” 

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