Jackie (they/them) is an overdose prevention researcher, epidemiologist and advocate running to be the first non-binary City Councilperson in Providence. In their role an overdose prevention researcher who was activated to work for the Department of Health in the earliest months of the pandemic, they have witnessed the overlapping consequences of the overdose crisis, housing crisis and lack of available social and mental health resources.
Jackie decided to run for City Council because they saw how the city does not work for everyday people. They want to invest in affordable housing instead of giving multimillion dollar tax breaks to luxury developers. They want to create an elected school board as the appointed school board is more concerned about political favors than they are about education; and they want to fix the roads and sidewalks so that everyone can access the city.
Jackie is running for Providence City Council because they want to see everyone in Providence have access to affordable housing, high quality public schools and functioning roads and sidewalks.