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Susan Elsen: Kay Khan an effective leader

Type:  Campaign 

Posted Oct 13, 2012 @ 09:00 PM

As a constituent of Rep. Kay Khan’s who has also worked with her at the statehouse on children and families issues, I’ve seen how effectively she represents Newton’s interests and its values. That is why I strongly support her in the Nov. 6 election.


On the local level, many know Kay as the moving force in the creation of the Newton Cultural Alliance, the restoration of the Newton Lower Falls Bridge, and countless other initiatives to improve Newton and the lives of its residents. 


As the House Chair of the legislature’s influential Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Kay is the go-to person for the needs of vulnerable children and families. In the fall of 2009, she worked with the Governor and other legislators to protect cash and work related benefits for more than 7,000 low-income families headed by a parent with a disability. In 2010 and 2011, she worked with Legislative leadership to ensure that low-income children received a modest allowance to help them buy school clothing. She’s worked tirelessly and effectively to reform our child welfare agency’s scandalously backlogged hearing system so that its decisions—which can determine whether a child will be separated from his or her family—are timely and fair.


Now, Kay is in the forefront of efforts to ensure that new rules adopted by the Patrick Administration, governing which homeless families can get into emergency shelter, do not leave vulnerable children and families sleeping in cars or on the streets. 


Kay is effective because she cares deeply about the most vulnerable among us and has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues through her graceful but determined leadership over many years of service.


Kay Khan is treasure for Newton. She deserves our support in the November sixth election.


—Susan Elsen, Walden Street