Monday, June 24, 2024

Challenger who served on the City Council from 2019-2020 and seeking his second term in office

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Background: Land policy consulting | Focuses: Affordable housing and tenant protections, climate change, transportation 


Q&A

Compiled by Matt Rocha

Sobrinho-Wheeler served on the City Council from 2021 to 2021. He is now the New England progressive governance director for the Working Families Party, a role in which he crafts legislation on affordable housing, child care and sustainability, among other issues. He is a democratic socialist.

Housing: “I believe in the Affordable Housing Overlay, and I’m excited about its expansion this term … I’ve worked on mixed-income social housing legislation. It’s super common in other parts of the world, but not so common in the United States. There’s no reason that Cambridge, with all of its resources, can’t be leading on something like this.”

Climate policy: “I want to utilize federal funding available to cities via the direct payment provision of the Inflation Reduction Act … We should be placing solar panels on every public building, every library, every school. The funding is there, so we need to make sure we’re taking advantage of it.”

Road infrastructure: “I was the lead sponsor on the ordinance that added bike lanes to Massachusetts Avenue, to Hampshire Street, to Garden Street, to Brattle Street. There’s no question in my mind about signing the Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge … Cambridge can also lead in this area.”

Pet project: Sobrinho-Wheeler would like to implement a municipal citywide broadband service that would be an alternative to Comcast.


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