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February 02, 2019
Contact: Maryagnes Lupien



Neighbors and activists gather to launch campaign effort for Former Bernie Sanders organizer and teacher


Mary Lupien announced her candidacy for Rochester City Council East District from the front porch of house in Beachwood on February 2nd, surrounded by local supporters and activists.

“I’m running because we deserve city representation that not only works for us, but with us,” said Lupien, “The people of our city know what we need to be successful. That’s why we need our voices at the table telling our government how they can support the success of our neighborhoods.”

Also speaking at the announcement was Lupien’s daughter Maya Lupien and notable local activists Shawn Dunwoody and Jody Francis.

"Mary showed me that people power works," said Francis, speaking of Lupien's successful efforts to start a Tenant Union to help long-time residents of an apartment building remain in their homes, "With a person like Mary, I see bright things for Rochester." 

Lupien’s progressive platform includes affordable and safe housing, improvements to public transportation, and police accountability, issues that she has been supporting as a member of several local progressive organizations.

“We are fighting for a thriving, livable city for all,” said Lupien, “where everyone has a safe, quality and affordable home, where police are held accountable by the communities they serve, and where walkable, bikeable streets and expanded public transportation connects us to our work, schools, and families while leading us to a more green & sustainable future.”

Lupien emerged on the Rochester political scene as a lead organizer of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, before her first run at Council in 2017. While she fell just shy of a council seat, Lupien surprised the political establishment by raising nearly $40,000 and amassing over 6700 votes in the Democratic primary election.

Lupien received her Information Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and currently teaches at Henry Hudson School #28 in the Rochester City School District. She is a mother of two daughters and lives in the Beechwood neighborhood.