In November 2019, the people of Allston-Brighton proved they were ready for a change and elected Liz Breadon as their City Councilor. Her win was historic, making her the first openly LGBTQ+ woman elected to Boston City Council. She began her first term as Councilor in January 2020.
Liz was born and raised in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. She immigrated to the US in 1995 and has made Allston-Brighton her home for over 25 years. A firm believer in the importance of community, Liz has been actively involved in many neighborhood organizations since settling here.
Not one to stand on the sidelines, Liz threw herself into the campaign to secure the Presentation School building in Oak Square as a community resource, and together with neighborhood partners helped transform the building into the Presentation School Foundation Community Center. She also joined with neighbors in the fight to save the Faneuil branch of the Boston Public Library from closure — the campaign was a success and the library remains a vital part of the neighborhood.
Through her work as a physical therapist, Liz has gained a deep understanding of the needs of elders and families who care for children with disabilities. She recognizes the importance of community and intergenerational connections in promoting health and wellness.
Allston-Brighton is rapidly losing families. Investors, speculators, and developers are buying up the housing stock and young people, retirees, working- and middle-class families cannot afford to continue living here because of spiraling housing costs. Thousands of transit-oriented housing units are built in Allston-Brighton with no improvements to the transportation infrastructure, and this is unacceptable for drivers, commuters, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. As the Boston City Councilor for District 9, Liz Breadon is a passionate advocate for our community and a champion for a better Allston-Brighton.
Liz currently lives in Oak Square with her spouse, Mary McCarthy. They are both passionate environmentalists who use their home to demonstrate how homeowners can conserve energy, decrease carbon emissions, and save money, all while taking care of Mother Earth. They are members of the Charles River Community Garden and the Brighton Garden Club.