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.
If only everyone voted the way we do in municipal elections. Our ranked method reflects the will of the voters fairly and accurately, and this year revealed some interesting trends as votes flowed from one candidate to another, many in groups called “slates.”
Thanks to all of those residents who went to the polls and voted for City Council and School Committee candidates, as well as to the candidates themselves – and more.
The makeup of next year’s City Council and School Committee didn’t in the count of auxiliary ballots done Wednesday by election commissioners. Vice mayor Dennis Benzan will be off, and committee member Fran Cronin.
Preliminary election results for Cambridge City Council showed a nearly clean sweep of incumbents Tuesday, with only vice mayor Dennis Benzan missing from the bench in the next term, replaced by challenger Jan Devereux.
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.
I know we do so much so well – and that we can do better. I will bring to the committee my skills and perspective as a former classroom teacher, a student of education policy and a communications and program management professional.
Cantabrigians should give their No. 1 vote for School Committee candidate Emily Dexter. She’s an experienced educator with high-level training from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and was an active city public school parent for more than 15 years.
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.”