Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

July 31, 2013

The Candidates – Cambridge Municipal Election 2013

Filed under: 2013 Election,Cambridge,elections — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 5:10 pm

The Candidates – updated as candidates pull papers and submit signatures – updated Aug 5) – FINAL

Candidate Office Sought Address Signatures Submitted Certified* Notes
E. Denise Simmons Council 188 Harvard St., 02139 98 (July 12) 87 July 1
Kenneth Reeves Council 340 Harvard St., 02139 100 (July 5) 87 July 1
Janneke House Council 12 Hilliard St., 02138 100 (July 16) 91 July 1
Leland Cheung Council 157 Garden St., 02138 100 (July 19) 90 July 1
Minka vanBeuzekom Council 20 Essex St., 02139 66 (July 1), 34 (July 25) 92 July 1
Jefferson R. Smith Council 134 Tremont St., 02139 100 (July 23) 90 July 1
Marc McGovern Council 15 Pleasant St., 02139 100 (July 8) 97 July 1
Dennis J. Carlone Council 16 Martin St., 02138 83 (July 31), 4 (July 31) 70 July 1
Gary Mello Council 324 Franklin St., 02139 70 (July 3), 5 (July 30) 64 July 1
Lesley Rebecca Phillips Council 1643 Cambridge St. #52, 02138 83 (July 2), 17 (July 19) 94 July 1
Gregg J. Moree Council 25 Fairfield St., 02140 71 (July 23) 61 July 1
Nadeem Mazen Council 73A Magazine St. #203, 02139 100 (July 16) 82 July 1
Timothy J. Toomey Council 88 Sixth St., 02141 100 (July 9) 100 July 1
Craig Kelley Council 6 St. Gerard Terr., 02140 100 (July 2) 93 July 1
David P. Maher Council 120 Appleton St., 02138 100 (July 23) 94 July 1
Ron Peden Council 25 Aberdeen St. #3, 02138 100 (July 31) 86 July 1
Dennis A. Benzan Council 1 Pine St., 02139 86 (July 2) 75 July 1
Sam Seidel Council 381 Broadway #1, 02139 100 (July 29) 92 July 1
Kristen von Hoffmann Council 205 Walden St. #3G, 02140 100 (July 29) 99 July 1
Luis Vasquez Council 23 Market St., 02139 100 (July 8) 72 July 1
James Lee Council 400 Broadway, 02139 64 (July 12), 36 (July 15) 85 July 3
James Williamson Council 1000 Jackson Pl. #45, 02140 46 (July 23), 17 (July 25) 54 July 3
Eric Macomber Council 50 Kirkland St., 02138 July 15
Doug Brown Council 32 Gurney St., 02138 July 16
Elie Yarden Council 143 Pleasant St. #2A, 02139 97 (July 29) 75 July 17
Logan Leslie Council 204 Fayerweather St., 02138 100 (July 30) 86 July 17
Mushtaque Mirza Council 843 Mass. Ave. #3, 02139 100 (July 29) 72 July 25
Dylan Rykerson Council 1 Earhart St. #524, 02141 July 29
Richard Harding School 189 Windsor St., 02139 94 (July 26) 80 July 1
Alfred B. Fantini School 4 Canal Pk., 02141 50 (July 2), 50 (July 3) 100 July 1
Kathleen M. Kelly School 17 Marie Ave. #1, 02139 62 (July 8), 33 (July 24) 91 July 1
Fran Cronin School 1 Kimball Lane, 02140 86 (July 18) 72 July 1
Joyce Gerber School 10 Fairfield St., 02140 78 (July 12) 71 July 1
John Holland School 26 Normandy Terr., 02138 64 (July 30) 52 July 1
Patricia Nolan School 184 Huron Ave., 02138 49 (July 19), 11 (July 25) 59 July 2
Mervan Osborne School 149 Auburn St., 02139 90 (July 17) 77 July 2
Elechi Kadete School 10 Laurel St. #4, 02139 93 (July 18) 74 July 2
James Lee School 400 Broadway, 02139 July 3
Albert Howell School 249 Garden St. #6, 02138 July 5
Elie Yarden School 143 Pleasant St. #2A, 02139 July 26
Alice Turkel is not running for School Committee. The deadline for submitting signatures was Wed, July 31, 5:00pm.

* The deadline to file nomination papers is Wednesday, July 31st at 5:00pm. 50 certified signatures are required and candidates can submit no more than 100 signatures. Signatures are unofficially certified by staff in the Election Commission office, but actual certification is done by the Election Commission during July and possibly as late as Aug 14. When officially certified, the number of certified signatures will be indicated in bold.

Cambridge Candidate Pages – 2013

2013 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums     [Send event listings to —-]


Note to City Council and School Committee candidates (updated June 30):

Please let me know soon if you’ve made any decisions regarding your intention to be on the November 2013 municipal election ballot. If so, please send me any relevant information about your campaign (website, Facebook page, Twitter, e-mail address, phone number, where to send donations). You can also submit any other information relevant to your candidacy (background, priorities, etc.). If you have any ideas on topics that all candidates should be asked to provide statements, please send me those suggestions.

Also, if you (or anyone else) have suggestions on what topics should be presented to all City Council candidates and/or all School Committee candidates in the 2013 election, please let me know soon. Candidates are already submitting responses.

The 2013 Candidate Pages are meant as a resource not only for voters but also for reporters and supporters who may wish to get in touch regarding your campaign. I’m also happy to list any dates for campaign kickoffs or other significant candidate events in the Election Calendar. – RW


2013 Municipal Election: Nomination Papers Available Starting Monday July 1

Nomination papers for City Council and School Committee will be available beginning Monday, July 1st at the Election Commission office, 51 Inman Street, Cambridge. The office will be open on Monday, July 1st from 8:30am until 8:00pm. The deadline to file nomination papers is Wednesday, July 31st at 5:00pm. The 2013 Municipal Election Calendar is posted on the Commission’s website: www.cambridgema.gov/election.

The requirements to run for City Council or School Committee are:

1. The person must be a registered voter in Cambridge. To register, one must be 18 years of age by Election Day, a U.S. citizen and a resident in the City of Cambridge.

2. The person must file no fewer than fifty (50) and no more than one hundred (100) certifiable signatures of registered voters in the City of Cambridge.

The Commission has prepared an information kit for candidates containing important dates, Commission policies, services and publications. The kits will be available with the nomination papers on July 1st.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

3 Comments

  1. Hey, maybe we’ll have enough fresh faces to get rid of some of these incumbents!

    Comment by Wade — July 7, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  2. Wade – If you must shoot, don’t shoot so wildly. If you have issues with some incumbents, I’m sure this doesn’t include ALL incumbents. In any case, there will be at least one open seat and, it would seem, probably two open seats this year on the City Council. There will also be one open seat on the School Committee. [All seats, of course, are technically open in this at-large election.]

    Personally, I take issue with some decisions of the School Committee over the last two years, but I have minimal grievances with the City Council. I think they have dysfunctional dynamics, but some of that will be cured by the exit of one of the vacating councillors. The bottom line is how they vote, and I have been quite satisfied with most of the votes taken during the current term. In particular, I believe they chose wisely in the City Manager decision and in the controversial votes on the Forest City zoning and the MIT/Kendall zoning.

    My only concern right now regarding prospective City Council candidates is that I don’t want to see any candidates elected who will oppose any and all change in Central Square. There are a lot of good things that can happen if the next City Council has the capacity to look forward and not simply stick their heads in the sand and block all change.

    Comment by Robert Winters — July 7, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Can we get a “fantasy” city council roster going or maybe city council bingo? I see two seats wide open but I’d wager that more than two seats will change hands and I’m willing to put a whole chocolate frap down on the table to back my swager.

    Comment by Patrick Barrett — July 9, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

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