Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

November 18, 2017

2017 City Council Campaign Receipts, Expenditures, and $/Vote

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 8:05 pm

The following table shows the total campaign receipts and expenditures for 2017 Cambridge City Council candidates. You can sort by any of the fields shown by clicking on the field name – one click ascending and second click descending.

CandidateIDReceiptsCambridge% CambridgeExpenditures
(to Nov 18)
#1 Votes$/Vote
Devereux, Jan16062$52,989.50$46,933.5088.6%$42,767.821699$25.17
Kelley, Craig14104$23,615.00$18,946.0080.2%$20,057.761092$18.37
Carlone, Dennis15680$29,138.34$22,850.0078.4%$28,747.421176$24.45
Musgrave, Adriane16657$33,998.98$26,060.0076.6%$32,697.80580$56.38
D'Ambrosio, Olivia16520$7,250.00$5,500.0075.9%$6,210.77216$28.75
Harding, Richard16737$12,897.47$8,890.0068.9%$33,544.73836$40.13
Levy, Ilan16173$4,056.86$2,750.0067.8%$10,368.54246$42.15
Mallon, Alanna16530$53,861.18$34,993.0065.0%$49,363.341329$37.14
McGovern, Marc15589$68,906.87$42,481.1961.7%$55,179.801880$29.35
Burgin, Josh16709$24,039.02$14,124.5258.8%$23,561.00392$60.10
Sutton, Bryan16713$1,295.23$719.9555.6%$1,293.0845$28.74
Benjamin, Ronald16493$1,262.55$677.0053.6%$1,432.52242$5.92
Siddiqui, Sumbul16556$45,114.60$21,635.0048.0%$33,158.792532$13.10
Tierney, Sean16559$31,620.29$14,400.0045.5%$30,508.46779$39.16
Zondervan, Quinton16516$53,344.35$24,021.8645.0%$52,164.51
Toner, Paul16576$78,972.61$33,275.0042.1%$80,007.54980$81.64
Simmons, Denise13783$68,076.31$27,985.0041.1%$63,802.082616$24.39
Toomey, Tim12222$70,014.77$27,216.5638.9%$29,255.791619$18.07
Volmar, Gwen16691$13,222.83$4,645.9435.1%$12,720.31248$51.29
Santos, Jeffrey16686$10,218.61$3,398.6133.3%$11,355.55147$77.25
Sivongxay, Vatsady16528$37,905.88$11,189.0029.5%$35,177.09740$47.54
Gebru, Samuel16531$62,563.50$17,345.5027.7%$59,701.94787$75.86
Okamoto, Nadya16596$10,189.49$1,235.0012.1%$9,617.95550$17.49
Lenke, Dan16771$0.00$0.00-$920.0054$17.04
Moree, Gregg14683$0.00$0.00-$0.0046$0.00
Pillai, Hari16770$0.00$0.00-$0.00107$0.00
2017 City Council Campaign Receipts and Expenditures (last updated Nov 18, 2017 at 8:00pm)

Note: Campaign expenses will continue to grow as reports are filed and bills are paid. This table will be updated at least semi-monthly through the end of 2017. The $/Vote figures will grow accordingly.


2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 7:42 pm

The following table shows the summary bank reports for 2017 Cambridge City Council candidates. You can sort by any of the fields shown by clicking on the field name – one click ascending and second click descending.

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceAs Of
Benjamin, Ronald01/01/1711/15/17$9.00$1,426.56$1,432.52$3.0411/16/17
Burgin, Josh06/16/1711/15/17$0.00$23,649.50$23,106.48$543.0211/16/17
Carlone, Dennis01/01/1711/15/17$17,827.87$34,821.84$28,747.42$23,902.2911/18/17
D'Ambrosio, Olivia01/01/1711/15/17$122.75$7,275.31$6,210.77$1,187.2911/16/17
Devereux, Jan01/01/1711/15/17$8,715.10$55,500.11$42,601.57$21,613.6411/16/17
Gebru, Sam01/01/1711/15/17$0.00$66,814.04$59,440.00$7,374.0411/16/17
Harding, Richard07/01/1711/15/17$1,961.06$34,550.49$33,544.73$2,966.8211/16/17
Kelley, Craig01/01/1711/15/17$2,231.84$19,435.48$17,405.67$4,261.6511/17/17
Lenke, Dan08/16/1711/15/17$0.00$1,248.57$920.00$328.5711/16/17
Levy, Ilan07/16/1711/15/17$0.00$12,414.47$10,368.54$2,045.9311/16/17
Mallon, Alanna01/01/1711/15/17$100.00$55,186.18$47,724.22$7,561.9611/16/17
McGovern, Marc01/01/1711/15/17$14,966.66$64,597.57$75,717.65$3,846.5811/17/17
Moree, Gregg07/06/1707/06/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/06/17
Musgrave, Adriane05/16/1711/15/17$0.00$33,998.98$32,697.80$1,301.1811/16/17
Okamoto, Nadya03/16/1711/15/17$0.00$10,189.49$9,617.95$571.5411/16/17
Pillai, Hari07/24/1707/24/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/24/17
Santos, Jeffrey06/07/1711/15/17$0.00$12,802.91$11,248.94$1,553.9711/16/17
Siddiqui, Sumbul02/16/1711/15/17$0.00$45,439.60$33,158.79$12,280.8111/16/17
Simmons, Denise01/01/1711/15/17$10,179.79$68,951.04$63,802.08$15,328.7511/17/17
Sivongxay, Vatsady01/01/1711/15/17$0.00$37,737.81$35,177.09$2,560.7211/16/17
Sutton, Bryan06/16/1711/15/17$0.00$1,210.28$1,208.13$2.1511/16/17
Tierney, Sean02/01/1711/15/17$0.00$31,570.29$28,758.46$2,811.8311/16/17
Toner, Paul02/16/1711/15/17$0.00$79,906.75$65,623.20$14,283.5511/18/17
Toomey, Tim01/01/1711/15/17$4,069.67$70,014.77$26,950.89$47,133.5511/16/17
Volmar, Gwen06/09/1711/15/17$0.00$12,813.83$12,311.31$502.5211/16/17
Zondervan, Quinton01/01/1711/15/17$3,510.00$54,355.62$52,164.51$5,701.1111/16/17
2017 City Council Bank Reports (updated Nov 18, 2017 at 7:42pm)

Campaign Finance Reports – 2017 City Council (updated Nov 18, 7:42pm)


November 14, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 269-270: Nov 14, 2017

Episode 269 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 14, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:30pm. Topic: Post-Election Notes – Part 1. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

Episode 270 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 14, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:00pm. Topic: Post-Election Notes – Part 2. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

November 13, 2017

Featured Items on the Nov 13, 2017 City Council Agenda

Filed under: Cambridge,campaign finance,elections — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 10:13 am

Featured Items on the Nov 13, 2017 City Council Agenda

City HallFor the moment at least, all six incumbents who ran to retain their seats seem to have been reelected. We’ll know for sure on Friday (Nov 17) unless the closeness of the results warrants a recount. In the meantime, here are a few items of interest on this week’s agenda.

Manager’s Agenda #2. Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $2,274,829 from Free Cash to the Mitigation Revenue Stabilization Fund. Funds appropriated to the Mitigation Revenue Stabilization Fund will be used to fund specific projects which will require individual appropriations by the City Council for the related projects in the future.

Manager’s Agenda #5. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a recommendation from the Planning Board to adopt the Alexandria Zoning Petition regarding Innovation Space in the PUD-3A and PUD-4C Districts.

Manager’s Agenda #14. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report 16-86, regarding a report on which public campaign finance options are legal for municipal elections in Cambridge; and Awaiting Report 17-84, regarding potential plans and options, responsive to community concerns, for creating a program of tax revenue financing for candidates running for City Council and School Committee in the City of Cambridge.

This is a topic that deserves a lot more discussion than was ever permitted in either the NLTP Committee (no idea why it would even be discussed as part of "neighborhood and long-term planning" or "public facilities" or "arts and celebrations") or the Government Operations Committee. It’s not something Cambridge could even do without approval from the State Legislature and it’s not at all clear that such approval would be forthcoming. In addition, there has been no indication of what scale of funding would be asked – and that’s important in light of the fact that the total campaign expendtitures for the recent City Council election now totals about $600,000 and climbing. The correlation between campaign spending and electoral results is also not at all clear. The cost per #1 vote as of today among successful City Council campaigns runs from a low of $9.75 to a high of $33.50 (these numbers will rise).

It’s also worth noting that MANY Cambridge voters are now consulting the Cambridge Candidate Pages and other resources to learn about candidates, and that costs NOTHING. Indeed the number of visitors to the Cambridge Candidate Pages last week went like this: Nov 4: 1,082; Nov 5: 1699; Nov 6: 6,632; Nov 7 (Election Day): 11,058; Nov 8: 3,584; Nov 9: 941. That’s a lot of visits for an election that had about 22,600 voters, and the Cambridge Candidate Pages aren’t even linked from any City website.

Charter Right #1. That the City Manager is requested to appoint a Transportation Task Force to develop a large and comprehensive street safety and education plan that speaks to the needs of bicyclist, motorists, and pedestrians, and that can be easily disseminated and understood by all citizens. [Charter Right exercised by Mayor Simmons on Oct 30, 2017]

At this point I’m leaning toward the belief that we should transition toward a single Transportation Board that has subcommittees for transit, motor vehicles, bicycling, and pedestrians. Single issue advocacy has become King and ideas like balance and collaboration among stakeholders has become all but lost. It’s become militant with single-issue advocates using social media to pack any and all meetings. I gave up going to these meetings. It’s become just Bad Political Theater at this point and, contrary to claims of relative safety, it’s really all about turf – establish a beachhead and then defend it even against reasonable criticism.

Order #1. That the City Manager is requested to work with the relevant City departments and report back to the City Council with an update on the City’s plans to expand the curbside composting program citywide.   Councillor Cheung

Committee Report #1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone and Councillor Leland Cheung, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on Oct 12, 2017 to discuss a Zoning Petition filed by Christopher D. Smith, et al., to create a new Section 13.913 Graduate Student Housing Production Requirement. This petition would require new graduate housing to be built in conjunction with the development of commercial uses in the proposed Planned Unit Development 7 District as well as a phasing plan to implement graduate housing development.

Everyone agrees with the idea that MIT and other universities should provide adequate housing options for their students. As we saw with the recent Volpe Petition, this has been acknowledged by MIT and they are planning accordingly. This Smith Petition, on the other hand, is not only moot but misdirected. – Robert Winters

2017 Cambridge Election Results – Bar Graphs

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,elections — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 9:08 am

City Council Unofficial Election Results (Wed, Nov 8, PDF, 2 pgs.)
Elected (in order of election): Simmons, Siddiqui, McGovern, Devereux, Zondervan, Mallon, Toomey, Carlone, Kelley

School Committee Unofficial Election Results (Wed, Nov 8, PDF, 1 pg.)
Elected: Nolan, Bowman, Dexter, Fantini, Kelley, Kimbrough

In addition to the spreadsheets, you may also be interested in seeing this displayed graphically, e.g. with bar graphs. If you click on either of these you’ll find a bar at the bottom that will enable you to click through the rounds one-by-one to watch how the transfers proceed.


November 5, 2017

Cambridge School Committee 2017 Campaign Finance Summaries and $/Vote

Cambridge School Committee 2017 Campaign Finance Summaries

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceLiabilities#1 Votes$/Vote
Bowman, Mannika1/1/1610/28/17$2,005.37 $16,749.72 $12,768.39$5,986.70$0.002765$4.62
Cronin, Fran1/1/1610/30/17$3,095.36$24,406.00$15,890.34$11,611.02$0.001571$10.11
Crutchfield, Jacob1/1/1610/20/17$41.07$5,206.00$4,362.56$884.51$0.001039$4.20
Dexter, Emily1/1/1610/20/17$2,575.32$2,520.00$2,874.89$2,220.43$4,655.382377$1.21
Fantini, Fred1/1/1610/24/17$5,475.07$6,250.00$5,204.80$6,520.27$14,395.992727$1.91
Kadete, Elechi1/1/1610/26/17$48.48$5,644.00$2,856.99$2,835.49$0.00846$3.38
Kelly, Kathleen1/1/1610/20/17$5,687.05$12,245.00$3,612.03$14,320.02$3,000.001882$1.92
Kimbrough, Laurance1/1/1710/28/17$0.00$8,349.13$7,177.87$1,171.26$0.001854$3.87
MacArthur, Will11/4/1610/20/17$0.00$5,242.43$2,195.65$3,046.78$0.00794$2.77
Mitros, Piotr1/1/1710/30/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00510$0.00
Nolan, Patty1/1/1610/20/17$80.24$6,885.00$6,299.45$665.79$8,850.003455$1.82
Weinstein, David1/1/1610/20/17$1,604.03$3145.00$2,941.94$1,807.09$0.00797$3.69
School Committee Campaign Finance 2017 - updated Nov 12, 2017

The receipts and expenses shown cover the period from Jan 1, 2016 through the 2017 pre-election reports. The totals will be updated after the election and at the end of the year.


November 4, 2017

Cambridge Candidate Pages – 2017

Cambridge Candidate Pages – 2017

Vote!The biennial Cambridge municipal election is only a few days away – Tuesday, November 7. There are 26 candidates on the ballot for 9 seats on the Cambridge City Council, and 12 candidates on the ballot for 6 seats on the Cambridge School Committee.

In Cambridge’s proportional representation (PR) elections, you may vote for as many candidates as you please, but you must rank your choices. Give a #1 rank to your top choice, a #2 rank to your next choice, etc. Ranking additional candidates will not hurt your top choice(s). If you assign the same rank to more than one candidate, none of those candidates will receive your vote. To prevent this, incorrectly cast ballots will be rejected and returned to you for correction. This way every vote will count as intended.

Many Cambridge voters have not yet decided who should get their #1 vote in each of these races, and many more voters have not yet thought much about who will get their #2, #3, etc. votes.

Most of the candidates in this year’s election have provided detailed responses on a number of topics relevant to the offices they seek. Their individual Candidate Pages also provide contact information and links to their own websites. New information is added daily and will continue to be added right up until Election Day.

All of the individual Candidate Pages are accessed by clicking on each candidate’s picture in the photo gallery at Additional election-related information is also provided at this site.

Please read as much as you can about all of the candidates and make informed choices.

Robert Winters
Cambridge Civic Journal

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October 31, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 267-268: Oct 31, 2017

Episode 267 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 31, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 31, 2017 at 5:30pm. Topics: The upcoming Nov 7, 2017 municipal election. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

Episode 268 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 31, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 31, 2017 at 6:00pm. Topics: The upcoming Nov 7, 2017 municipal election. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

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