Before I was first elected (nearly nine years ago), I made a campaign pledge to hold office hours several times each month. While pledges can sometimes be gimmicky, I'm really glad I made this one. Office hours afford me the opportunity to meet with constituents, discuss issues in the neighborhood, and be as accessible as possible. I've met new neighbors, explored nuance of matters, and been inspired with legislative ideas. While we typically meet in a local coffee shop or business, we've expanded the venue to include office hours on the go as well as MBTA office hours.
Even as social media has grown more popular, the one-on-one interactions of office hours remain the best way to meet and engage with neighbors.
On Friday, I will be celebrating my 250th(ish) (we can't get an exact count) office hours at Local 338 in West Roxbury. For this milestone, we want to do it up right! In honor of the special day, I will be treating one bagel and homemade spread per person from 8:00 - 10:00 am or for the first 250 customers (you're on your own for coffee).
Come by with a constituent case, a legislative suggestion, a concern in the neighborhood, or just to say hello. I hope to see you there.
Please spread the word!