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Leland Cheung has quickly become my business’ most valued advocate in City Hall, an experience I’ve since learned has been shared by many. Just like when he was in venture capital, Leland loves to bring ideas to life.
My Anybody But Him/Her list starts with the usual cast of suspects: the council members who vote yes to practically any upzoning petition that comes their way.
In addition to thinking about businesses and how businesses can contribute to the community, Leland Cheung is radically responsive. He lists his cellphone everywhere, and many residents have experienced e-mailing the entire council and hearing back only from Leland.
I have found Dennis to be a man of character, strength, integrity and tenacity in pursuing justice. He will stand and fight for people who, for one reason or another, may not be able to defend themselves.
Though I am impressed with many of the newcomers on the ballot, my top-priority non-incumbents are Dennis Carlone, Dennis Benzan and Sam Seidel for City Council and Joyce Gerber for School Committee.
I respect all of the current Cambridge city councillors as individuals, but the current City Council session has been a failure. Luckily, voters have excellent alternatives.
The city’s 12 Community School Programs welcomed the announcement by Clean Slate candidates Nadeem Mazen, Janneke House and Dennis Carlone that, once elected, they will initiate action in City Council to add full-time positions.
Voters will have to make up their minds whether Leland Cheung is an opportunist or had a change of heart. My own concern about this issue is more complex.
The recent announcement that New Balance will pay for a new commuter rail stop in Brighton that will service their employees and the public proves it: Companies will help pay for transit projects if we ask them.
From the first time I met with Dennis Benzan, I knew he was the candidate I had to support. His vision for community-based decision making is inclusive, visionary and innovative.