This just in from Rep. Alice Wolf (Wed, Mar 21, 2012):
I want to let you know, personally, before you hear it through the grapevine that I will announce tomorrow that I am not running for reelection in November. I thank you for your support, friendship, interest in the community and political action over the years.
While I don’t, yet, have specific plans for my next venture, I know it will involve continuing to advance the progressive causes and values that have been the hallmark of my career and our work together.
While I’m making those plans, I won’t drop the ball in the House. My term continues until the end of the year and I plan to continue to work on my current legislative agenda and to represent my constituents as vigorously as I have for the past 16 years.
In those years in the House, I have been the leader on many issues, such as:
Creating the Department of Early Education and Care – to work toward universal access to high quality programs for all young children – especially those at risk.
Creating the special education circuit breaker to assist school systems by providing funds for programs for kids with substantial special needs.
Making gay marriage a reality in Massachusetts, continuing many years of advocacy for civil rights and for the GLBT community.
Passing legislation to keep homes in expiring use housing affordable – a 14-years effort. The first homes saved under this law are in a building at the corner of University Road and Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge – a project just recently completed.
Thank you for your part in enabling me to serve. I hope you feel I have represented you well. I look forward to continuing our work together to strive to make Cambridge and all of Massachusetts a fair, humane, sustainable place to live.