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Vatsady Sivongxay

She/Her

Currently
Attorney

More about Vatsady Sivongxay

Vatsady Sivongxay's family immigrated to the United States as refugees from Laos when she was very young. She has lived in the area since 2010.

Vatsady Sivongxay is a first-time candidate for office. She was the Directory of Public Policy for Boston City Council District 7 from 2014-2016, for Councillor Tito Jackson. A trained attorney, she is also a trustee of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund, which helps Asian Americans who have barriers to the legal system, and she is a board member of the Asian American Lawyers Association.

Incumbent
No
Education
JD, Suffolk University; BA, Creighton University
Age
38 years, 3 months
Born in Laos in 1982
Voter Registration
Sept. 1, 2016

Where does Vatsady live?

Address
Rents at 59 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, Ma 02138

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

We left Laos because of Vietnam War. ... I lived in the refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines for a little over 2 1/2 years. I arrived in the US when I was 4 1/2 years old.

Vatsady Sivongxay, Backyard Cambridge Podcast (edited slightly)

The common objective of many anti-growth and pro-growth advocates is to create long-term affordable housing without displacement. We need an equity-centered urban planning process that will result in more affordable housing options.

Vatsady Sivongxay, ABC Survey

Mr. President, the agenda you push is dark and un-American. It stokes hate and fear at home, and closes us off to the rest of the world. We are a nation of immigrants who love our country, cherish its mix of ethnicities and cultures, and proudly contribute to the next chapter in its history.

I know what it means to live without freedom, opportunity, or dignity. I know that we must always be vigilant in protecting our rights and that is why I stand as a proud American in opposition to the dark narrative that your recent actions suggest.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Vatsady Sivongxay (Profile)

Vatsady Sivongxay: I think the City Council needs to collaborate more on some of the issues that have been long-standing challenges in our city, that we need to be able to talk about our different perspectives, and that we then have to see how we can work together to take actions and to hold the government and developers accountable.

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I know that a lot of people want to have a say in regulating recreational marijuana. If it is legal to provide recreational marijuana, I think the city needs to work with the state to work out a place to do so that is accessible and safe for the community. Clear it away from the schools, the libraries, similar places—but other than that, I would really like the city to work with residents and the state in determining how to regulate and how to place it.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Truelian Lee
The Harvard Crimson Vatsady Sivongxay (Profile)

Vatsady Sivongxay: I think the City Council needs to collaborate more on some of the issues that have been long-standing challenges in our city, that we need to be able to talk about our different perspectives, and that we then have to see how we can work together to take actions and to hold the government and developers accountable.

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I know that a lot of people want to have a say in regulating recreational marijuana. If it is legal to provide recreational marijuana, I think the city needs to work with the state to work out a place to do so that is accessible and safe for the community. Clear it away from the schools, the libraries, similar places—but other than that, I would really like the city to work with residents and the state in determining how to regulate and how to place it.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Truelian Lee
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

I believe that affordability is the biggest problem facing Cambridge. This affordability intersects housing, income equality and environmental justice, as well as other issues. Solving this problem will require diversity, outreach, teamwork and accountability. My top three priorities to address affordability include:

1) Expand affordable housing for lower-to middle-income households in housing plan and inclusionary zoning requirements to achieve housing affordability and stability

2) Build a stronger workforce development pipeline for youth and adults by increasing partnerships with higher education, research, and nonprofit organizations, and engaging the business community to connect youth and adults with living wage jobs

3) Expand access to quality early education and childcare so that families have a chance to climb up the ladder of opportunity.

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

I believe that affordability is the biggest problem facing Cambridge. This affordability intersects housing, income equality and environmental justice, as well as other issues. Solving this problem will require diversity, outreach, teamwork and accountability. My top three priorities to address affordability include:

1) Expand affordable housing for lower-to middle-income households in housing plan and inclusionary zoning requirements to achieve housing affordability and stability

2) Build a stronger workforce development pipeline for youth and adults by increasing partnerships with higher education, research, and nonprofit organizations, and engaging the business community to connect youth and adults with living wage jobs

3) Expand access to quality early education and childcare so that families have a chance to climb up the ladder of opportunity.

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

Vatsady Sivongxay, a Lao refugee who came to the U.S. at the age of 4, believes it’s important to have diverse representation in order to give a voice to underrepresented communities.

“In this frightening national political climate, where much is at stake, uncertainty and anxiety are high, and the environment is very scary for many people -- particularly women, immigrants, LGTBQ folks, seniors, students, people of color and our most vulnerable neighbors. Our voices can change the conversation,” she wrote.

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

Vatsady Sivongxay, a Lao refugee who came to the U.S. at the age of 4, believes it’s important to have diverse representation in order to give a voice to underrepresented communities.

“In this frightening national political climate, where much is at stake, uncertainty and anxiety are high, and the environment is very scary for many people -- particularly women, immigrants, LGTBQ folks, seniors, students, people of color and our most vulnerable neighbors. Our voices can change the conversation,” she wrote.

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman
The Boston Globe Asian Americans urged to vote, run for office

Other speakers included state Representative Tackey Chan, Quincy City Councilor Nina X. Liang, Cambridge City Council candidate Vatsady Sivongxay, and keynote speaker Connie Dai, a Boston-area attorney who specializes in business law.

Aug. 4, 2017 — Hattie Bernstein
The Boston Globe Asian Americans urged to vote, run for office

Other speakers included state Representative Tackey Chan, Quincy City Councilor Nina X. Liang, Cambridge City Council candidate Vatsady Sivongxay, and keynote speaker Connie Dai, a Boston-area attorney who specializes in business law.

Aug. 4, 2017 — Hattie Bernstein
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge Muslims, immigrants: Trump agenda is ‘un-American’

″[Trump’s agenda] stokes hate and fear at home, and closes us off to the rest of the world,” Vatsady Sivongxay, a Cambridge attorney wrote in an op-ed submission to the Chronicle. “We are a nation of immigrants who love our country, cherish its mix of ethnicities and cultures, and proudly contribute to the next chapter in its history.”

Feb. 1, 2017 — Amy Saltzman, Bill Whelan
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge Muslims, immigrants: Trump agenda is ‘un-American’

″[Trump’s agenda] stokes hate and fear at home, and closes us off to the rest of the world,” Vatsady Sivongxay, a Cambridge attorney wrote in an op-ed submission to the Chronicle. “We are a nation of immigrants who love our country, cherish its mix of ethnicities and cultures, and proudly contribute to the next chapter in its history.”

Feb. 1, 2017 — Amy Saltzman, Bill Whelan
Wicked Local Cambridge Guest column: I choose to see the goodness, Mr. President

Mr. President, the agenda you push is dark and un-American. It stokes hate and fear at home, and closes us off to the rest of the world. We are a nation of immigrants who love our country, cherish its mix of ethnicities and cultures, and proudly contribute to the next chapter in its history.

I know what it means to live without freedom, opportunity, or dignity. I know that we must always be vigilant in protecting our rights and that is why I stand as a proud American in opposition to the dark narrative that your recent actions suggest.

Jan. 31, 2017 — Vatsady Sivongxay
Wicked Local Cambridge Guest column: I choose to see the goodness, Mr. President

Mr. President, the agenda you push is dark and un-American. It stokes hate and fear at home, and closes us off to the rest of the world. We are a nation of immigrants who love our country, cherish its mix of ethnicities and cultures, and proudly contribute to the next chapter in its history.

I know what it means to live without freedom, opportunity, or dignity. I know that we must always be vigilant in protecting our rights and that is why I stand as a proud American in opposition to the dark narrative that your recent actions suggest.

Jan. 31, 2017 — Vatsady Sivongxay

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$26
Current balance
$21
Balance at the start of 2019
$10
Raised in 2019
$5
Spent in 2019