Gabriela Coletta, Candidate for City Council District 1, Endorsed by OPEIU Local 453

Gabriela Coletta, candidate for Boston City Councilor District One, announced the endorsement of OPEIU Local 453, the second largest union at the MBTA and the only one in all 34 departments. Preliminary Election Day is April 5, 2022. General Election Day is May 3, 2022.

“These are difficult times for the citizens of Boston dealing with COVID-19, change in the Boston school system, and costs rising for consumer goods and housing,” said Timothy Lasker,

President/Business Manager of OPEIU Local 453 . “It is critical to have someone with Gabriela Coletta’s experience on the City Council. OPEIU Local 453 supports her candidacy knowing she will implement progressive and equitable solutions that will affect all of Boston in a positive way.”

“I am humbled by the support of the dedicated public servants of OPEIU Local 453,” said Coletta. “They have been on the front lines of the pandemic, ensuring that working people have a safe, accessible transportation system. I’m grateful for their work and would be proud to work alongside them as a member of the Boston City Council.”

In just the first month of her candidacy, Coletta has raised over $70,000 and secured the endorsement of over seventy community leaders including various former and current elected officials.

Coletta intends to run a robust, grassroots campaign focused on listening to residents, having inclusive discussions about the issues, and will bring her vision for the district directly to voters.

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About Gabriela: Gabriela Coletta has dedicated her entire life working in service to others and empowering her neighbors to become involved in local democracy. She’s currently the External Relations Manager at the New England Aquarium where she advocates for a more resilient, inclusive, and accessible waterfront for all Bostonians. Gabriela brought her passion for public service in her role as Chief of Staff to Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. She centered and amplified the lived experiences of those systemically overlooked in every policy discussion, constituent case, and civic engagement initiative. For more information, please visit

About OPEIU Local 453: OPEIU Local 453 is the original management union representing a segment of the employees of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Bay Authority. Representing over 400 of the Authority’s employees from nearly every department across the “T”. For more information, please visit

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