City elections are this Tuesday. While we haven’t endorsed any candidates, here are a few candidates we have worked with in the past who deserve your consideration:
Ilan Levy (https://www.vote1ilan.net/) is running for Cambridge City Council. He helped get MassMesh setup. He pledges to:
- Place people and environment before money.
- Demand accountability and transparency of elected officials, the City administration and its processes.
- Work to reinvent our local Democracy to better serve the needs and ambitions of the citizens of Cambridge.
Anna Geoffroy (https://www.facebook.com/AnnaForMalden/) is running for Malden Ward 2 School Committee. She is a long time activist on issues of interest to Pirates. She is running to ensure that:
- Malden schools are a safe environment for students to learn in,
- students have access to recess, the arts and other subjects are critical to their development,
- parents and students are part of the discussion about their schools and have input into the decisions that affect them.
Stephanie Hirsch is running for relection as an at-large City Councilor. She has taken a community focused and data driven approach to her work on the city council. The success in passing the housing transfer fee is due in part to her advocacy for it and the data analysis she did of housing sales demonstrating that the fee would be born by speculators rather than homeowners. She took the lead in organizing the Somerville Housing Challenge to focus on using public data to make better decisions about housing in Somerville. Her primary issue is affordability: “Unless we take dramatic steps, neighbors and friends will continue to leave as the community grows affluent and homogeneous. I consider this the biggest challenge.”
Ben Ewen-Campen (https://www.benforward3.com/) is running for relection as the Ward 3 City Councilor. He put forward and got passed ordinances to ban city use of facial recognition technology and provide oversight of surveillance technology used by the city. He has worked to improve housing, jobs, available greenspace and to protect immigrant rights.
If you live in these cities, please take a look at these candidates and consider voting for them.