BROCKTON – Hundreds of Brocktonians gathered this past Saturday at the campaign kick-off for Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a local resident who has formally announced his plans to run for one of the four at-large seats on the Brockton City Council.
Derenoncourt, 26, was joined by local leaders including State Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), Mayor Bill Carpenter, City Council President Timothy Cruise, and former City Councilor Jass Stewart. The event also attracted other legislators such as State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston) and State Representative Daniel Cullinane (D-Boston).
The event was held in the main hall of the South Shore Haitian Adult Day Health Center.
Elected officials took to the stage to share their experiences working with Jean Bradley and how his commitment to public service would benefit the Brockton community.
"Jean has passion, and we know that," said Senator Forry, who also highlighted Jean Bradley’s Haitian roots to a rousing applause. “I'm proud to be here to tonight.”
In his remarks, Jean Bradley discussed his personal journey; from growing up on the island of Haiti to being displaced after the tragic 2010 earthquake and subsequently arriving to the United States to pursue his American dream.
“As many of you know, tonight’s event isn’t just about declaring my candidacy for City Councilor-At-Large,” said Derenoncourt. “It’s also an opportunity to thank each and every one of you here for supporting me along my journey to becoming a United States citizen. I believe in Brockton, and I want to give back to the city that has welcomed me.”
Jean Bradley’s speech also brought several goals and initiatives into focus that will serve as the foundation for his campaign. Among them, he aims to address issues of public safety and to pursue enhanced opportunities for the local business community, seniors and resources for public education.
"Jean represents the future of Brockton," remarked former City Councilor Jass Stewart.
With a campaign infused with the energy of the Millennial Generation, in his speech, Jean Bradley discussed the importance of youth engagement and how he plans to develop a strategy to involve young members of the city, and to break down barriers in pursuit of a unified community.
*Above photograph courtesy of Fenner Pierre-Gilles.