City Councilor Perlman announces run for mayor


City Councilor Perlman announces run for mayor
Samantha Perlman. (Photo/Reba Saldanha)

MARLBOROUGH – City Councilor Samantha Perlman is running to become the next Marlborough mayor.

Perlman made the announcement in a press release today.

“As a lifelong resident and At-Large City Councilor, I see the issues our city is facing firsthand and the possibilities for change. We have the opportunity to improve residents’ quality of life, tackling issues like affordability, housing, education, city services, and building upon our strong fiscal foundation,” Perlman said. “I am ready to provide innovative leadership as Mayor that puts residents first. Over the next few months, I look forward to engaging with our community to collectively reimagine this next chapter for Marlborough’s future.”

Mayor Arthur Vigeant has announced he will not run for re-election. So far, Councilor J. Christian Dumais has also announced he will run for mayor.

Perlman grew up in the city and graduated from Marlborough High School. She received her bachelor’s from Emory University, and after graduation, Perlman worked in the nonprofit sector before continuing her education. She is currently completing her J.D. at Boston College Law School and her master’s in urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.

Before serving on the City Council, Perlman chaired the Marlborough Cultural Council. Perlman, who serves as an at-large councilor, was elected in 2019 and again in 2021 and serves as a member of council committees, including finance, veterans and legislative and legal affairs.

The press release noted that Perlman is known for her engagement with Marlborough residents, including advocating for public input on how the city should spend its American Rescue Plan Act funds, push for murals and public art to revitalize downtown, support the arts and engage small businesses.

The release also noted that Perlman created the Youth for Sam program that encourages youth voter registration and provides first-hand experience participating in local government.

Perlman plans to kickoff her campaign at Flying Dreams Brewery on May 10 at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or follow her on social media at @SamforMarlboro.

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