Millennials must take active leadership in politics, said Warren, praising Gebru’s résumé of civic engagement and community organizing. “I’ve been a mayor for eight years and know what it takes to lead a city. At just 25, Samuel’s got it,” Warren said.
A new candidate for City Council has emerged in Alanna Mallon, founder of the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program, a program director at the Food for Free nonprofit and former education liaison for the last mayoral term of councillor David Maher.
It’s 357 days until the municipal elections, and the field has just begun to shape up. As of Tuesday, the city has its first challenger candidate for City Council in Samuel Gebru, who has turned his 25th birthday party Nov. 30 into a fundraiser for his campaign.
Paul Mahoney, a 2015 Cambridge City Council candidate, made a payment of $1,000 to the state’s general fund to resolve campaign finance issues concerning more than $21,000 in undisclosed expenditures, according to an agreement between Mahoney and the state.
Fans of “Star Wars” who hated the politics in the film epic’s trilogy of prequels may have to change their mind – because it may be city councillor Leland Cheung getting them in to see “The Force Awakens” when it premieres next week.
The number of voters in this year’s municipal elections were up a little over half a percent since the elections of 2013, despite campaign spending this year of $651,663, up from a total spend two years ago of $535,871 – or a rise of nearly 22 percent.
We need to elect as many reform-minded candidates as possible to the City Council now, in this election, to stem and reverse the tide of massive, unchecked commercial real estate development and the massive biotech explosion it serves.
Today’s election offers a very rare opportunity to make a change in the way we govern ourselves, and with our Plan E Charter the root of fundamental problems, procedural and political, in our city, we need a charter change.
Cantabrigian Rob Speer, co-founder of the analytics startup Luminoso – its offices are right in Central Square – has come up with a “Choose-Your-Own Voter Guide.”
No one should be fooling themselves: The most likely outcome of Tuesday’s election is that there are going to be a lot of incumbents returning to office, including to their seats on the City Council. But the incumbents have given some good reasons to vote differently.