Thank you to Quincy Access TV for this opportunity to speak directly to Ward 1 residents.
Video text (since QATV has captioning off) available at https://www.facebook.com/DanielleKempeForQuincy/posts/2346564155606145?__tn__=K-R
August 16, 2019
Quincy Council Candidate Danielle Kempe
Wants Welcoming City For Immigrants,
Elders and People With Disabilities
Article in both Chinese and English available at
You Should Run Podcast
July 30, 2019
Danielle Kempe has been working on issues of accessibility for over a decade.
Now she is running for City Council in Quincy, Massachusetts to highlight some of the challenges that people with disabilities face and to make sure that people of all ages and abilities can fully participate in the local community. In this podcast, Danielle talks about the issues that are unique to the disability community, why she decided that now was the time to run for office, and why
YOU should try to run for office where you live as well.
Listen, share, subscribe and consider running today!
July 25, 2019
Ballot Breakers full article at https://www.ballotbreakers.com/home/danielle-kempe
Quincy Sun - Danielle Kempe Candidate Ward 1 Councilor
July 2, 2019
Quincy Center resident Danielle Kempe announces she is a candidate for Ward 1 city councilor in this year's municipal election.
Raised in Peabody, Danielle moved to Quincy ten years ago. She currently lives in Quincy Center with her husband David and 18 month old daughter, Elise.
“I like to say I’m Quincy by choice. I chose to make Quincy my home for many reasons including its convenient location, its diverse community, a strong school system, and the great neighborhoods.”
After graduating from Emmanuel College, Kempe took a job managing Belle of the Ball & Coats for Kids, a charity that distributes clothing to those in need. She has since worked as a professional fundraiser for organizations such as, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and RESPOND, Inc - Working to End Domestic Violence.
Kempe feels the skills that make her successful in fundraising will contribute to success as a city councilor.
“In fundraising, you can’t be shy and you can’t be quiet. You are presented with a challenge and you have to ask the right questions of the right people to meet or exceed expectations for the job. It’s what I will do as ward 1 councilor.”
Kempe has been an active member of the community since moving here. She regularly attends city council meetings and serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library as well as ACCESS-Advancing Community inClusion & Equality on the South Shore, a group focused on improving accessibility. She also successfully fought alongside other advocates for the reinstatement of Quincy’s
Commission on Disabilities.
Kempe is running on a platform that includes improving affordability and accessibility for all. One of the main things she hears from voters regarding affordability is increasing tax bills.
“The city will tell you residential property taxes are down, and on paper, they are. But in reality, assessments are up, raising taxes for homeowners. People are feeling it. We should start by taking a closer look at our spending and asking tougher questions about our budget.”
Kempe believes the city has to prioritize keeping its long time residents while attracting younger workers and families.
“We cannot continue to build luxury developments for the minority that are out of reach for the majority. If I were starting out today, I couldn’t afford Quincy and seniors repeatedly tell me they are finding it financially hard to stay. Meaningful tax abatements for resident occupied homes is a good start in offering some relief.”
Kempe is also a strong supporter of improving accessibility. “Accessibility not only affects those in wheelchairs. It affects everyone from moms and dads trying to push a stroller to our older residents who are at risk of tripping on broken or lifted sidewalks. Everyone should be able to enjoy all that Quincy has to offer and that begins with bringing Quincy into compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) which it has been in violation of since 2004.”
While there are many concerns across the ward from rising costs to improving flood zones or cleaning up parks, the issue that seems to top the list is over-development and traffic.
“People across the ward are worried about over-development and how it affects them every day. I’ve been told it can now take 30-45 minutes to go from Adams Shore to Stop and Shop on Southern Artery. Who wants to make that trip?”
She’s been listening as residents expressed concerns about things like increasing traffic throughout the city, formerly quiet residential streets becoming dangerous cut throughs for speeding cars, buildings going up “everywhere” and a city government that doesn’t seem to hear them.
But Kempe is paying attention.
“I strongly believe that it’s time to pause the development and really look at what we’re doing and how it is affecting the neighborhoods, the quality of life and the people of Quincy.”
Kempe will continue to knock doors and speak with voters across the ward in coming months.
“I am committed to this community. I want to represent my neighbors and I also want to improve the communication between the people and city hall because we can do better.”
Unfair Hikes MBTA Protest
July 1, 2019
Quote from Danielle Kempe “The proposed hike is particularly insulting to the residents of Quincy who have been disproportionately inconvenienced with the recent simultaneous construction work on 3 of our 4 stations and most of the track problems seemingly happening on the Braintree line. From construction to loss of parking spaces to signal problems or traffic up ahead, fires and derailments, when do we demand better and say enough is enough? Fix it and get back to us.“
QATV AM Quincy Podcast
June 18, 2019
For The Disabled, Quincy Still Can Be A Dangerous Obstacle Course
May 24, 2019
Patriot Ledger full article at https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190524/for-disabled-quincy-still-can-be-dangerous-obstacle-course
Half of North Quincy Station Parking Gone
February 17, 2019
Patriot Ledger full article at https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190217/half-of-north-quincy-station-parking-gone