Let's keep fighting for all Haverhill families.
We made history electing Andy to the City Council at the age of 22. Let's make sure we keep up the pace in 2017 and help Andy get to the State House so he can keep fighting for us in a greater capacity. It's going to be a tight race, so we hope you can get involved!
About Andy Vargas
Summary: City Councilor | Haverhill Raised | Boston University | Public Service | Leadership
Andy Vargas was born in Cambridge, MA and moved to Haverhill with his family at the age of 6. The Vargas family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Throughout his life, Andy has always remained conscious of his family's courage and hard work in pursuing the American Dream.
Andy attended Haverhill's Public Schools, including Burnham Elementary, Pentucket Lake, and Haverhill High. For many years Andy played baseball under the Riverside Bradford Baseball League, where he was selected to join the Cooperstown team. After finding out that many young baseball players were unable to afford to pay to join a league, Andy organized Haverhill Baseball for All, which received baseball equipment donations to form a free league for inner-city Haverhill kids. Baseball for All received donations ranging from baseballs, bats, catcher's equipment, and bases.
While at Haverhill High School, Andy played on the baseball and basketball teams, while also dedicating much of his time to the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) team. As a VIP leader, Andy was trained in the areas of bullying, gang violence, and tutoring. Andy often visited the middle schools to tutor students in the fields of math, science, and history, while also mentoring students coming from difficult backgrounds and lower income families. He was also inducted as a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) for academic achievement and civic responsibility.
Before leaving Haverhill High, Andy joined a statewide coalition of young people called Teens Leading The Way (TLTW), which organizes and empowers young leaders from the communities of Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester, Boston, and Springfield. Together with his fellow TLTW leaders, Andy participated in the drafting and filing of MA bill S.00183 An Act to design, pilot, and implement civics as a high school graduation requirement, which received 48 co-sponsors.
Andy attended Boston University and received a Bachelor's Degree, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations, with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies. He is an inaugural member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Seeking to continue his commitment to public service and community organizing, Andy founded the Boston University Political Action Organization (BUPAO), which brought together students, faculty, activists, law enforcement, and elected officials to discuss and take action on some of the most pressing issues facing our time. Andy also served as the Director of the Department for City Affairs for BU's Student Government.
While pursuing his degree, Andy interned at two offices in the Massachusetts State House, serving one Senator and one Representative throughout 2 years. He spent 5 months in Madrid, Spain, studying abroad and interning for the U.S. Embassy, under the Department of Commerce's U.S. Commercial Service. He spent his time at the embassy by serving small to medium-size U.S. businesses seeking to export their products to Spain. Andy successfully fostered partnerships between Spanish and U.S. companies, which contributed to the total growth of U.S. exports.
Andy served as a White House intern under the Obama Administration. While at the White House, Andy researched and wrote on issues pertaining to immigration, the economy, Latin America, and more. Andy's five months at the White House enhanced his passion for public service and his desire to serve his community.
In 2015, Andy was elected to the Haverhill City Council. His first term has been marked by strong advocacy for economic development, education, and financial transparency.
Stay tuned for more formalized and detailed policy platform on each of these issues.
The quality of a student's education should not be determined by their zip code or neighborhood.
Andy will fight for educational equity. He has a strong focus and passion on early education, as research has shown this is where we can really have the greatest impact on the lives of our youth.
Healthcare is a human right.
There was a time in our nation's history where we woke up and decided that public education was a right and responsibility that society should undertake. We should have done the same for health care long ago. Andy will fight for access to quality and affordable healthcare for all.
We have the opportunity to lead and be on the right side of history.
We're going to look back and ask ourselves whether or not we did everything we could to prevent or limit the effects of climate change. Andy will fight to make sure the answer to that question is a profound "yes."
MA is 6th in the country for income inequality - we must do better.
With a background of working with entrepreneurs, Andy has seen how economic development starts from the bottom up. When we empower local businesses and fuel the dreams of early stage entrepreneurs, we can build a robust and sustainable economy.
Voices for Vargas
Listen to a supporter discuss how Andy won their vote
Teacher at Haverhill High School
"He is energetic, he is smart, he is thoughtful, he is pensive, and wise beyond his years"
Wes and Alejandra
Young members of the community
"Andy is a giver and wants to help others succeed in his community"
Longtime Haverhill resident
"He has worked with youth development and education, which is key to this city"