Kat Kerwin:

A New Voice in Providence Politics.

Kat Kerwin is running for Providence City Council in Ward 12 to be an honest, accessible, and effective leader for our community.

Providence is at a crossroads. We can continue electing people who serve the wealthy and well-connected, or we can elect new leaders who will fight for working people and understand the importance of investing in public services-like our schools, roads, and keeping our community safe and clean.

Kat is the ethical and responsible leader we need to bring our priorities to City Hall.

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Meet Kat

Born to Jenny Graham and Peter Kerwin in Providence, Kat grew up on the east side of the City.  While attending La Salle Academy, Kat came to love politics and social justice.  At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied Political Science and Geography and was nationally recognized for her organizing efforts in the defense of student power and gun violence prevention. 

She is excited to have found a home in Ward 12.  She is looking forward to representing student voices at Providence College and working on strategic approaches to community safety, which she learned in her work organizing around gun violence prevention.  She will be a fresh voice on City Council, and will defend working class values by fighting for fair taxes, strong public schools and a safe community.

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The Issues

Kitchen table issues will be at the forefront of Kat's agenda and on Kat's mind as a City Councilwoman. She feels that to foster a sense of community and belonging on Smith Hill we must focus on the municipal level issues that make our neighbors take pride in where they live.

Kat has been actively addressing these issues, reporting potholes, dumped trash, and other safety and aesthetic issues to the city. She hopes the energy and attention to Smith Hill will allow neighbors and business owners to recommit to our community.

Affordable housing is one of Kat's priorities. She understands that Providence is gentrifying, and quickly. She is committed to making sure Smith Hill is affordable for young people, seniors, and marginalized communities. 

Kat will be a fierce advocate for the public schools, ensuring our teachers are compensated fairly, our buildings get the funding they deserve, and most importantly, every student gets the education they deserve no matter what.  

Supporting small businesses and ensuring Smith Hill is an attractive community for residents to open up small businesses is on the top of her mind. She will work to support mom and pop shops in navigating the often exclusive system of applying for loans, grants and tax incentives with the city. 

Kat, who supports the Community Safety Act (CSA), is particularly interested in the implementation of and research regarding the CSA. She remains concerned about the implementation of the resolutions and the continued disproportionate amount of arrests of people of color. Kerwin is committed to utilizing her dynamic grassroots organizing knowledge to build a comprehensive strategy for community safety that serves Providence effectively.

 
 
 
 
 
 

October 2017

'“Councilman Hassett has been a really, really great leader for the city, but he was elected the year I was born.”... New, young councilors with fresh perspectives are vital to the council’s progress, Kerwin, said.'

Providence Journal / Read Full Article

 

 
 

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We are always looking for motivated volunteers and donors to contribute in a variety of different ways!  A campaign is a comprehensive team effort, and we always welcome new players.  Follow the links below for more information on how you can help advance the progressive voice in City Government and ensure an equitable and prosperous future for Ward 12.

 

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