Sunday, May 19, 2024

Volunteers for the Mervan Osborne campaign for School Committee seek voters Monday at the Porter Square T stop. (Photo: MFO2011)

The Mervan Osborne campaign says it has identified 612 new supporters and 606 “potentially persuadable” undecided voters in the door-knocking campaign it launched Labor Day in a quest for a School Committee seat — well over halfway to the No. 1 votes won by the first-elected committee member two years ago and close on the heels of the last-elected.

“I think people are supporting me because they know how important this election is for the students, families and teachers of Cambridge,” Osborne said. “This city should always be a national leader in the field of education.”

The voter progress report was among the more insider-ish details from the campaign in a press release issued early Friday, dispensed alongside a more typical list of endorsements.

The endorsements touted on the release by Matt Dunkel, Osborne’s campaign manager, include the Ward 6 Democratic Committee, Cambridge Chronicle, former committee candidate Alan Steinert and former city councillors Kathy Born and Larry Ward (also a candidate for the next council).

“Mervan is terrific. I am taken with him and I believe wholeheartedly in his candidacy,” Steinert said. “When you hear Mervan speak, I’m certain that you will become a believer as well.”

Born’s endorsement is unique in that, in addition to her time on the council and as co-chairwoman of the Cambridge Kids Council, as the mother of a high schooler in 1983, she knew Osborne when he was a teenager.

“He was an exceptionally smart, creative, big-hearted kid who understood the value of teamwork,” Born said. “It is a thrill to see, 28 years later, how Mervan has drawn on those talents.”

The campaign has raised more than $25,000 from 118 donors, Dunkel said, noting that 73 percent came from people Osborne has worked with as a teacher, including 38 percent from former students or their parents and 35 percent donated by colleagues in education.

Osborne said he was “genuinely humbled by the support I’ve received this fall … with the network of amazing people that I’ve connected with over these past three months, I’m convinced that our campaign can help make a real difference for the district.”

He also knows the number of people he’s connected with, according to the press release: “Since Labor Day, Mervan Osborne and his campaign have knocked on 6,102 doors,” it said. “His team has been out on weekdays and weekends — in rain, shine, and even snow — to hear from voters and spread Mervan’s message.”

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.