Samantha Perlman

Samantha Perlman

Marlborough City Council, At-Large, MA

Samantha is running for re-election to the City Council in Marlborough, Massachusetts. In 2019, Sam made history as the youngest woman and first Jewish woman ever elected to the Council at age 24 and first new candidate to top the ticket in a Council race.

By witnessing youth mobilization and the capacity to be a change agent early on, Sam understands the unlocked potential of authentic civic engagement and public service. A graduate of Emory University, Sam worked at a policy nonprofit where she focused on youth voting and was the past Chair of her city’s Cultural Council. Through her community advocacy, Sam helped secure passage of the 2018 Massachusetts civic education law. In 2020, she was named one of IGNITE National’s 30 under 30 for womxn to watch in politics and is also an alum of Emerge Massachusetts.

As a Councilor, Sam is a tireless advocate for an innovative government that engages Marlborough’s diversity and community assets. Sam quickly adapted to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, anything from helping residents file unemployment to addressing food insecurity in her community. She continues to be extremely accessible and communicative as a Councilor through her timely constituent services, use of social media and engagement with young residents.

Sam is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders, especially young women, to be involved in government and run for office. Most recently, she launched a Youth for Sam initiative on her campaign specifically to engage young people in the political process.