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Mahoney is a lifelong Cantabrigian and Democrat, the father of two, and a recently retired Cambridge Fire Department lieutenant.

Compiled from the candidate’s words in publicly available sources

Alignment

Mahoney is running independently.


Ward 6 Democrats endorsement?

Profile NOThe Ward 6 Democrats endorsed nine council candidates this year, choosing only from among registered Democrats and saying it “sought to recommend candidates who would bring the vision, skills and experience most needed to govern Cambridge at this time, regardless of slate affiliation.”


Profile development and affordable housingScore from ABC:

ABC score 2015 MahoneyThe residents group A Better Cambridge rated 19 out of 22 candidates for City Council (all who responded to a comprehensive questionnaire) measuring their level of agreement with the group’s “smart growth” platform of development- and transit-focused priorities and goals. In the words of the group, “higher-rated candidates demonstrate a strong understanding of the complex housing and development challenges facing Cambridge [and] are best prepared to make Cambridge a more affordable and livable city for all residents, especially low-income families.” There is a maximum score of 45 points.


CRA endorsement?

Profile NOThe Cambridge Residents Alliance endorsed five council candidates this year. The residents group is focused on development and housing affordability issues and opposes projects it feels will gentrify neighborhoods or add to traffic and transit congestion. Its endorsed candidates were those it felt would “allow real planning”; refused campaign donations from “large developers”; and vowed to work for a citywide development master plan that prevented “overdevelopment and displacement.”


Profile one view of the candiate

Mahoney is a tremendously pleasant presence on the campaign trail and would be an avuncular, obviously thoughtful presence on the council – but it was hard for him to set himself apart on that trail, and too much of his approach was defined by his experience with the Fire Department to translate universally. In many ways it illuminated issues in surprising ways (for instance, while some called high-towers alienating or blasted them as being primarily for the luxury renter, Mahoney noted the dangers of building too high in a city without ensuring fires could be effectively fought many floors above the street).

But his platform is really about “restoring transparency in city government” and taking decisions out from behind closed doors, and that’s a fine one to run on.