Local Elections Matter: City Governance Driven by Those Who Show Up

Joe Selvaggi talks with Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney and Candidate for Boston City Council’s 8th District, Montez Haywood, about the city council’s role in local governance and the salient issues at stake in the July 25 special election.


Montez Haywood is a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney running for the open District 8 seat of the Boston City Council. He was born in Flint, Michigan, and later moved to Tennessee when his father, a proud member of the United Auto Workers, was relocated for work. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, where he played football, before coming to New England to attend law school at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. After working as an attorney in a South Shore private practice, he joined the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in 2006. In his role as prosecutor, Attorney Haywood has spent the lion’s share of his career focusing on criminal violence in the City of Boston. In addition to his work for the District Attorney’s office, he has volunteered extensively, aiding those burdened by homelessness and food insecurity. He has served on the board of Project Right in Greater Growth Hall, and currently serves on the board of the Esplanade Association.

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Published in: Elections, Politics