Linda Pereira, her husband Lou, their 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren have lived their whole lives in Fall River.
Linda graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart, continued her education at Mount Ida Junior College and UMASS Dartmouth (then SMU). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education with additional certifications in elementary & secondary education and bilingual education in Portuguese. She speaks conversational Spanish and is a Justice of the Peace.
Linda taught in the Fall River Public School system for 5 years. This experience allows her to understand education from an educator’s perspective, and work constructively with the Fall River School Committee as its Chairman.
Linda worked as an Investigator at the Fall River Department of Social Services (now the Department of Children & Families) where she worked with children and families from all backgrounds. Linda gained invaluable experience handling crisis situations and helped families rebuild their lives.
Linda continued her career as an Investigator with Bristol County Juvenile Court then as an Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office working with victims of violent crime. She worked tirelessly to insure that only the facts reached the court system. The skills she learned, and the state-wide government and court contacts she made, will be invaluable as she takes on the role of Mayor.
Linda truly understands the needs and issues of businesses in Fall River because she was a successful small business owner herself. Linda and her husband owned and operated Harry’s Restaurant in Fall River for many years. Linda knows what problems businesses have and what solutions are needed to resolve those problems. She also understands how municipal government can help business, and that business owners and labor must be included in the development of a successful City Economic Plan.
As Fall River property owners, Linda and Lou experience the burden of escalating taxes and fees along with other residents. Linda believes that raising taxes and fees should always be a last resort, not the first option, and that your tax dollars must be used efficiently and responsibly.
Linda has been your City Councilor for 16 years, and from the beginning she has always fought for what she felt was the best course of action for our City. She championed jobs for Fall River citizens by introducing a residency requirement for City workers. She fought against the closing of the Fall River Airport, and advocated for the creation of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Linda is one of us; Linda Pereira is the only candidate who truly stands Ready to Lead!