City councillors agreed to explore publicly funded “clean elections” in a Monday vote, a potential step toward ending the ugliness of recent municipal election seasons and a cause for division and suspicion among residents and officials.
A largely easygoing, policy-focused forum between incumbent Pat Jehlen and the challenger for her state Senate seat, Leland Cheung, became a spirited debate when the issue of charter schools was raised – bringing the only direct back-and-forth of the event.
The candidates for the Second Middlesex Senate District – incumbent Pat Jehlen and challenger Leland Cheung, a Cambridge city councillor – plan to debate Wednesday in Porter Square.
It’s no secret city councillor Leland Cheung is ambitious – he came to the council in 2009 while pursuing dual degrees at Harvard and MIT. Now former venture capitalist Cheung is running for the state Senate seat representing Massachusetts’ 2nd Middlesex District.
An accident of timing could make for turnover in two of the four slots making up the city’s Election Commission, as commissioner Larry Ward’s term expired April 1 and commissioner Peter Sheinfeld died March 29 with a year left on his latest four-year term.
A move to get professional lobbyists to register and disclose their work in Cambridge was complicated by lingering anger from the past election, with the Cambridge Residents Alliance citizens group getting compared to the NRA by city councillor Craig Kelley.
The results of the March 1 presidential primary have long been known, but more context is found in exploring the political donations this season from the residents of Cambridge and Somerville.
Peter Sheinfeld, a longtime election commissioner, has died at 67. In addition to his work on the commission, Sheinfeld was active in the local taxi industry and maintained a weekly AM radio show for nearly four decades.
A special state primary will be held April 12 for the office of state senator for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk & Middlesex Senate District, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli.
Restless city councillor Leland Cheung has made it official: He’s running for state Senate, vying for the Second Middlesex District held by Pat Jehlen since 2005. The district includes Somerville and Medford and parts of Cambridge and Winchester.