Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Theodora Skeadas, a potential candidate for the City Council race, has decided not to run. She has instead become campaign manager for another candidate, Sumbul Siddiqui.

Skeadas signaled her intention to run for council by filing with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance in December, but has since dropped her candidacy. She declined to comment on her reasons.

She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and works as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, according to her LinkedIn account.

Siddiqui works as an attorney at Northeast Legal Aid, a law firm that provides legal services to disadvantaged communities around Massachusetts. She has lived in Cambridge since the age of 2 and has a background in community activism going back to her high school years.

The two met through Emerge Massachusetts, a program that trains women to run for public office, said Siddiqui, confirming that Skeadas will run her campaign.

So far, 11 challengers have announced their candidacy for the nine-seat City Council; four incumbents have also kicked off their campaigns, while councillors Nadeem Mazen and David Maher have announced they will not run for reelection. Nomination papers become available July 3; Election Day is Nov. 7.