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Office aimed at bringing services to community

Yawu Miller
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Worrell brothers open shared district office
Brian and Chris Worrell cut the ribbon on their Erie Street constituent services office. PHOTO: ISABEL LEON, MAYOR’S OFFICE

Elected officials including U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Mayor Michelle Wu turned out Saturday for the opening of a Dorchester district office for state Rep. Chris Worrell and Boston City Councilor Brian Worrell.

At the Erie Street office, just around the corner from the Hewins Street residence where they were raised, the Worrell brothers welcomed community members and officials to the storefront office where they plan to help local residents access city and state services.

“This is not a campaign office,” Chris Worrell said. “It’s strictly to bring the resources to the district.”

State Sen. Liz Miranda said the office would benefit not only constituents of the Worrell brothers, but those in the 2nd Suffolk District she represents as well.

“We want to make sure that people in all the communities we represent have a place to go when they need help,” she said.

The office will enable the Worrell brothers to help area residents with issues ranging from disputed property tax bills to accessing state contracts. It will be staffed by the Worrell brothers’ staff from both offices and will be open five days a week, though Chris Worrell said they’re considering adding Saturday hours.

They are paying rent and utilities for the space out of their campaign accounts, as is typical for elected officials who maintain district offices.

Brian Worrell was elected to represent the District 4 City Council seat in 2021, replacing Andrea Campbell, who is now attorney general. Chris Worrell was elected to the 5th Suffolk District seat in 2022, replacing Miranda, who vacated the seat for her Senate run.

“It’s going to make sure we’re connected to our residents and making policy that will change the community for the better,” Brian Worrell said. “Growing up in Dorchester, just around the corner, that means the world to me. This is what showing up and being here for our community looks like.”

Monday, as the office opened, constituents were lined up waiting, Chris Worrell told the Banner.

“Eleven people came in first thing,” he said. “We’re hitting the ground running.”

5th Suffolk, Brian Worrell, Chris Worrell, District 4, Dorchester