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July 30, 2009

Let the Games Begin! (July 31, 5:00pm update)

Filed under: 2009 Election — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 5:00 pm

Nomination papers for City Council and School Committee – deadline Friday, July 31 at 5:00pm

July 1 was the first day that candidates could pull papers for this year’s municipal election. 50 certified signatures were required for a candidate’s name to be placed on the November ballot. At the 5:00pm deadline on July 31, here are the candidates who pulled papers and the number of signatures submitted and certified:

CandidateOfficeSignatures submittedSignatures certified
Edward J. SullivanCity Council100 (July 27)98
E. Denise SimmonsCity Council98 (July 20)84
Charles J. MarquardtCity Council81 (July 13)77
David P. MaherCity Council100 (July 20)99
Philip R. FenstermacherCity Councildid not file--
Neal LeavittCity Council50 (July 21), 8 (July 30)55
Minka vanBeuzekomCity Council84 (July 7)75
Larry WardCity Council95 (July 29)88
Silvia P. GlickCity Council61 (July 24), 5 (July 28)53
Timothy J. ToomeyCity Council100 (July 7)96
Sylvia BarnesCity Councildid not file--
Kenneth E. ReevesCity Council98 (July 29)83
Alan Steinert, Jr.School Committee83 (July 7)77
Fred FantiniSchool Committee100 (July 7)97
James WilliamsonCity Council40 (July 20), 25 (July 29)61
Mark F. FlanaganCity Council63 (July 31)55
Leland CheungCity Council100 (July 16)88
Sam SeidelCity Council100 (July 28)96
Tom StohlmanCity Council100 (July 31)92
Marjorie DeckerCity Council29 (July 29)26 - did not file sufficient signatures
Henrietta DavisCity Council49 (July 22), 11 (July 28)59
M. Kevin MooreSchool Committeedid not file--
Marc McGovernSchool Committee63 (July 16)57
Patricia M. NolanSchool Committee62 (July 28)55
Richard HardingSchool Committee83 (July 29)76
Richard HardingCity Councilfiled for School Committee--
Joseph GrassiSchool Committee100 (July 27)94
Nancy TauberSchool Committee100 (July 28)97
Alice TurkelSchool Committee87 (July 30)86
Lawrence AdkinsCity Council100 (July 30)87
Craig KelleyCity Council97 (July 30)91
Charles L. Stead, Sr.School Committee80 (July 30), 19 (July 31)92
Gregg MoreeCity Council93 (July 31)76
Kathy PodgersCity Council21 (July 30), 38 (July 31), 27 (July 31)69

Check out this year’s Cambridge Candidate Pages.
24 people pulled papers for City Council and 10 for School Committee. Richard Harding pulled papers for both, but is running for School Committee. Randy Fenstermacher, Sylvia Barnes, and Kevin Moore filed no signatures and incumbent City Councillor Marjorie Decker filed insufficient signatures before the deadline. Their names will not appear on the November ballot.


  1. It would be interesting to hear what people have to say about the new candidates this year. Whatever your impressions of the incumbents on the City Council and School Committee, it’s nice to see that we have some credible and interesting challengers.

    We may even see a competitive election this year, and that’s always a good thing for the voters.

    Comment by Robert Winters — July 19, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  2. It is wonderful that folks are taking such an interest in their community, and getting involved. Many Of Marjorie Decker’s supporters will be sorry to see her go, but it is good news for those who use guide dogs. In fact, I only “pulled papers” for City Council hours after I received a notice from MCAD that Decker was insisting that guide dogs be banned from City Council meetings due to her “disability.” I wish Marjorie Decker well, and hope she finds happiness with her new family situation.

    Comment by Kathy Podgers — August 1, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  3. I hope that candidates will not avoid discussing their positions about the tenure of Bob Healy
    as City Manager. I believe this issue is foremost in determining the near-term future direction
    of the city.

    Comment by Christopher Robinson — August 3, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  4. I agree that City Council candidates should be clear about where they stand with regard to the City Manager and his contract. I hasten to add that earlier this year the Manager’s contract was extended through August 2012 on an 8-1 vote of the City Council.
    Insofar as this will almost certainly be his last contract before his retirement, one responsibility of the next City Council will be to establish a framework for determining his successor even though the actual vote for his successor will likely not happen until early 2012 (after the term of the next City Council).

    Comment by Robert Winters — August 3, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

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