A VOICE FOR MARLBOROUGH’S FUTURE
After successful terms on the City Council, Councilor Perlman is running to become our next Mayor.
She is driven by her commitment to strengthening our city and adding new, forward-thinking representation to local government. Sam is a proud graduate of Marlborough High School and Emory University. Throughout Sam’s personal and professional experiences, her passion for community building and public service have remained at the center.
Image description: Sam when she pulled papers to run for Mayor on May 8, 2023.
Image description: Picture of downtown Marlborough.
Sam has long-standing roots in Marlborough and the community here that raised her. It is where she took her first steps into advocacy as she and her peers reinstated a beloved administrator. At Marlborough High School, Sam honed leadership skills as an avid actress in school musicals and was nominated as a participant and then facilitator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Sam also spent five years working at New Horizons assisted living community throughout high school and college, giving her exposure to the hopes of Marlborough’s older residents and instilling in her the value of hard work.
While earning her degree at Emory University, Sam delved further into the world of grassroots organizing and public service. Sam participated in youth coalitions firsthand while studying abroad in South Africa, demonstrating how young people can make a difference in their community. Sam then continued her political exposure stateside through interning in the legislative and judicial branches in both Massachusetts and D.C. All of these experiences enhanced her understanding of how commitment to social issues coupled with collaboration and intentional relationships translate into authentic community building, a work ethic that Sam will employ as Mayor.
Image description: Sam with former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas after serving as a summer intern in her DC Office.
Image description: Sam hugging a student who won an award at her work Generation Citizen's Civics Day.
Through her previous work in civic education and voting, Sam renewed her passion for working locally as she advocated for equitable civics education and built partnerships with government and advocacy organizations across the state and country. Whether planning national student voting summits or successfully advocating for passage of the MA Civics Bill to ensure quality and experiential civic education, Sam is invested in preparing the next generation of leaders. As a young professional living where she grew up, Sam committed herself to the civic life and community organizing of this city by becoming active in our local government, such as serving as an appointed member and later Chair of the Marlborough Cultural Council. Currently, Sam is a Public Service Scholar completing her JD/MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Boston College Law and Tufts University.