A city official was stirred by presidential election results to break the format of a standard municipal agenda Nov. 16 and offer a statement about civic engagement.
This presidential election didn’t reflect the America I love nor the values with which I was raised. But I’m not moving to Canada. I’m staying right here and fighting for the progressive values that I have always fought for.
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.
Last week, those of us worried about Trump’s election were told “Don’t worry; Trump didn’t mean all those racist things he said while campaigning!” Now it’s “Don’t worry; Trump won’t listen to the white nationalist whom he named White House chief strategist!”
Tuesday’s election results didn’t just upset the plans of Democrats and progressives.
On the last of 11 days of early voting in Cambridge, there was turnout of 2,872 people at the city’s five polling places, setting an 11-day record and totaling 19,514 citywide.
With only one of 11 days of early voting remaining, enough Cantabrigians cast ballots to bring the statewide total to 800,000.
As of the seventh of 11 days of early voting in Cambridge, nearly 16 percent of the city’s registered voters have cast a ballot.
On the sixth of 11 days of early voting in Cambridge, turnout jumped back nearly to the levels seen on day one.
On the fifth of 11 days of early voting in Cambridge, there were still more than 1,000 people looking to take advantage.