My name is Khrystian King and I am running for re-election to the Worcester City Council. As your city councilor at-large, I have taken my 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, coach, and mentor and used to it bring a fresh perspective to City Hall.
My approach to moving Worcester forward is simple: Listen, Learn, Lead.
As a professional social worker, I’ve made it my life’s work to sit with and listen to families across the city, helping them tackle serious challenges and make good decisions to improve their lives. I have worked with neighborhood groups, clergy, small business owners, educators, and first responders. This experience has taught me that we must bring diverse voices together if we are to improve our schools, make our neighborhoods safer, and ensure that Worcester remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
On a daily basis, I hear from parents about their frustrations with large classroom sizes and lack of after-school programming in our public schools. I have coached and mentored youth through the Crompton Park Summer basketball program, working with young people to keep them in school and out of trouble. As a parent of three daughters, I know that kids learn best when they are in a safe, supportive, structured environment and have the resources they need to achieve success.
My work with the Worcester Police Department and community groups has informed my proposal to bring back Police sub-stations to foster trust within our neighborhoods and keep our streets safe for every resident.
I am confident in and hopeful about the progress the city is making to re-build our downtown. With new companies coming to Worcester and more projects on the horizon, I am excited by the prospect of bringing jobs to Worcester residents – jobs that can sustain a family and provide the opportunity to buy a house and put money back into the economy through our local businesses.
Finally, our government works best when citizens trust their elected officials to govern in an open, transparent manner. That’s why I have filed an initiative to require anyone being paid to influence City Hall or the City Council to publically disclose how much they are being paid and who is paying them. We have a right to know who is influencing who and where our tax dollars are going.
Two years ago, you put your faith and trust in me when you elected me as your city councilor. Serving has been the honor of a lifetime. But the work isn’t finished, it has just begun.
On Tuesday, November 7th, I ask that you cast one of your six votes for me, Khrystian King, for City Council At-Large so we can continue to listen, learn, and lead together.