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


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.