Samantha Perlman

Samantha Perlman

Mayor, Marlborough, MA

2023 Endorsement

Samantha is a seasoned civic educator and nonprofit professional, and currently a Councilor who is vying for the position of mayor in Marlborough. Samantha's main aim is to foster innovation, encourage civic participation, and increase transparency in the town. At the young age of 24, Samantha made history by being elected as the first Jewish woman and youngest woman in a citywide council. In the 2021 election, she emerged as the top vote recipient in any race, winning her re-election bid.

Samantha is a graduate of Marlborough High and Emory University and has had an illustrious career in civic education and democracy nonprofit. Her advocacy work helped pass the 2018 MA civic education law. She has also created Youth for Sam, a program that enables young people to gain first-hand experience in local government and encourages voter registration.

Samantha's direct resident engagement and advocacy are well-known in the town. She has advocated for public input on ARPA funding and public art initiatives in a bid to revitalize the downtown area and support small businesses.

Samantha has an impressive background, having previously chaired the Cultural Council, and is also a graduate of Emerge Massachusetts. In 2020, she was named one of IGNITE National's 30 under 30 Womxn to Watch in Politics, reflective of her hard work, dedication, and contribution to the town and the nation.

Samantha is currently completing her J.D. at Boston College Law School and is simultaneously pursuing an M.A. in Urban Planning at Tufts University. With her extensive experience, strong track record, and ambitious vision, Samantha is fully equipped to serve as Marlborough's next mayor.