“I will work to center the voices of underrepresented communities and ensure that we are all working towards a stronger and safer Pawtucket.”
Janie Seguí Rodriguez, of 87 Boutwell Street, has announced her candidacy for Pawtucket City Council in Ward 5. “I’m running for city council because I believe government should work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of its residents. I intend to work every day to advocate for the needs of residents in Ward 5,” she explained. “I will advocate for excellent schools, small businesses, and investments in affordable housing.”
Seguí Rodriguez manages the operations of a tri-state middle school career exploration program for Achievement First. She just completed her masters degree in Community Development at Roger Williams University. She is the mother of two daughters, Destiny, 11 and Kailani, 5. Seguí Rodriguez is also a co-founder of Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE), a parent-led, grassroots organization with a mission to fight for the voice of parents in education decision-making.
Oak Hill resident Ciliene I. de Lourenco said of Segui Rodriguez’s campaign, “I am delighted to know Janie Seguí Rodriguez is running for city council. Janie’s commitment to the well-being of the people of Pawtucket is reflected in her fierce advocacy for equity and education. She is an Afro-Latina, a parent and an educator, who understands the needs of the community.”
As a resident of Prospect Heights housing for almost 5 years, Seguí Rodriguez advocated with and on behalf of families whose circumstances often cast a shadow over the vibrant stories that make up their individual lives. Overtime, she noticed a burdensome increase in housing costs and a lack of access to affordable housing. In 2018, inspired by the people of Pawtucket, Seguí Rodriguez decided to purchase her first home in the city – a process that brought to life the hardships many of her neighbors experience trying to improve their lives through home ownership. “I fell in love with the rich diversity, beautiful parks, historic mills, and strong people of Pawtucket. It made me appreciate the strength of this community where people have the ability to buy a home, to send their children to a good school, and to participate in civic life.”
Seguí Rodriguez seeks to “build a strong government that will support and increase the quality of life for all Pawtucket residents.” Seguí Rodriguez adds, “Pawtucket deserves investment. Our city is ripe for investments like the Tidewater Landing which I believe will revive our beautiful downtown and create jobs. I will work to center the voices of underrepresented communities and ensure that we are all working towards a stronger and safer Pawtucket.”
[From a press release]