In 2003 when MAHA began its civic engagement initiative, the expectation was that it would result in more class graduates becoming frequent voters. And it has, in impressive fashion. Each year, MAHA members vote at a rate that is 20-25 percentage points higher than the citywide average.
Later this month, one of those class graduates will go to the polls and vote for himself. Evandro Carvalho, MAHA homebuyer graduate and member, will undoubtedly win election on April 29th to the state House of Representatives from the Fifth Suffolk District which includes parts of Dorchester and Roxbury. Carvalho won the Democratic primary on April 1st with nearly 50% of the vote in a five person race. He is unopposed on the ballot for the general election.
Born in Cape Verde, Carvalho emigrated to Dorchester at the age of 15. His mother worked three jobs to support the family and he worked after school as a janitor and painter. Carvalho graduated at the top of his class at Madison Park High, got a college scholarship, and went to earn degrees from UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law. In addition to his volunteer time at MAHA, Carvalho serves on the board of Teen Empowerment. He and his fiancé, Ashley, own a home in Fields Corner that was purchased after graduating from a MAHA class.
Voters in the 5th Suffolk district will choose the Democratic candidate for state representative from parts of Dorchester and Roxbury on Tuesday, April 1st.
Five candidates, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles-Peterson, Jennifer Johnson, Barry Lawton, and Roy Owens are vying for the open seat. MassVOTE has published a voter guide that asks each candidate why they are running for the seat.
Remember: No one knows who you vote for, but everyone knows who votes. Politicians keep track of which individuals vote consistently, and which neighborhoods have the highest turn out. So don't give up the power and influence you gain by voting! Then work together through MAHA and other organizations to hold the winning candidates accountable for delivering on their campaign promises.
Want to find out if you live in the 5th Suffolk district? Need to check your registration status? Don't know where to vote? Call MAHA at 617-822-9100.
You can also find your polling place at www.wheredoivotema.com.
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