Sunday, July 21, 2024

Challenger running for City Council for the fifth time

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Background: Mathematics lecturers voter education and environmentalism | Focuses: City charter; civic culture, public participation and civic unity; revival of local journalism and democracy


Q&A

Compiled by Matt Rocha

Winters writes the Cambridge Civic Journal and Cambridge Candidate Pages, in which he documents civic life in the city. He is a mathematics lecturer at Harvard Extension School and previously taught at MIT. In the 1980s, he helped organize the city’s first recycling program.

Housing: “I was on the Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee and the Envision Cambridge Working Housing Group, from which, it is said, the Affordable Housing Overlay was generated. I was opposed to it then, and I’m opposed to the current revisions … The proper way to have done this, which I said back at the Housing Working Group, was to have done this more as a special-permit process just like we do in Central Square.”

Climate policy: “As a goal, I agree with most of the timelines. The only difference I’ve really had with the people who are voting on this is that I’m much more of a fan of incentives and encouragement and education than I am for hardcore mandates.”

Road infrastructure: “I would not sign the bike safety pledge only because I don’t think every single thing that has been rolled out as a part of the Cycling Safety Ordinance has been done particularly well … I think all of these implementations should be subject to some review.”

Pet project: As a councillor, Winter’s top priority would be the city’s charter review process.