Consuelo Valdes is running for City Councillor of Ward 9 to help design a better Waltham for all. Designing a better Waltham for the diverse needs of a multi-generational family, like so many Walthamites who have deep roots in the community and the breezers that want to capture the best of Waltham before they breeze to their next destination.
The concentration of commercial and high density housing in Ward 9, results in a unique set of needs for our community. Supporting the increasing population without displacing the existing diversity in the area is of utmost importance given the current housing crisis and the increase in development lately. Moody and Main street are in need of some love and attention as small business owners struggle to launch, open, and succeed in our community. Waltham once had a bustling Main street and the community wants that back.
My goal as city councillor is to identify the needs of our community like those listed above, identify the individuals and groups that can affect that change, and build consensus and a plan that we can all buy into so our goals can become a reality.
I moved to Waltham right after I graduated college in 2011. Since then, I have lived in north Waltham, at the Waltham Overlook; on Main St. near I-95; and now I live in an apartment off Moody St with my wife and a crotchety house cat. I’ve fallen in love with this city for its diverse community, vibrant history, and the natural resources it has to offer alongside a bustling downtown.
I was born in Venezuela to a family of Cuban refugees that immigrated to Miami when I was 2 years old. I grew up in difficult circumstances -- my father was an abusive cocaine addict and alcoholic, and my mother suffers from severe mental illness. Ultimately I was able to survive, thanks to my public education, work ethic, and a supportive group of mentors that helped me become the person that I am today. I strongly believe that no one is a lost cause. We are all capable of emerging from the worst situations as stronger, more empathetic people.
Work and the community
I have dedicated my professional work to helping others by designing products that helps healthcare providers focus on their patients instead of dealing with security technology; keeping student and employee information safe, and democratizing health diagnostics to address public health issues like STDs, heart disease, and cancer. When I’m not at work, I’ve supported the community as part of the Waltham Cultural Council and serving on organizing committees like the Steampunk Festival. Most recently, I’ve become a Big Sister to a sweet 10 year old who lives in north Waltham as part of the Big Sisters program of the greater Boston area.