In 2019, we supported a slate of 9 candidates, 6 of whom were elected to City Council for the 2020-2021 term. Here is our statement about that huge victory:
What a victory for an affordable, diverse and green Cambridge! Housing concerns and tenant protections won big last night.
Our candidates supported a platform with the goal of seeing Cambridge make equity and inclusion a priority, and act as a climate leader. They believe in more density in areas well-served by public transit, in increasing spending on affordable housing, in strengthening tenant protections and in making it easier to build affordable housing throughout the city.
Cambridge should be delighted that Mayor Marc McGovern, former two-time mayor E. Denise Simmons, councillors Alanna Mallon, Sumbul Siddiqui (the top vote getter!) and Tim Toomey, as well as challenger Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler have won seats on the council. In addition, Burhan Azeem, Adriane Musgrave and Risa Mednick were exceptional candidates. They ran dynamic, meaningful campaigns that make us proud to have supported them.
We are excited about the next City Council term, and eager to work productively with all the elected councillors for a Cambridge that is truly welcoming, and that does everything in its power to be a regional, national and global leader on reducing climate change.
Posing in front of Cambridge's glorious new King Open school campus in September 2019:
From left: Tim Toomey, Denise Simmons, Burhan Azeem, Adriane Musgrave, Marc McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui & Alanna Mallon. (Not pictured: Risa Mednick & Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler.)
More about the Candidates:
Burhan Azeem grew up in a three-bedroom house he shared with eleven people, which has helped him to understand housing instability. Having studied sustainability issues as a student at MIT, Azeem understands that reducing sprawl is one key to addressing climate change. He has also volunteered as an EMT in Cambridge. (Read his questionnaire responses or visit his website.)
Alanna Mallon is a first-term City Councillor whose has seen first-hand how housing and hunger are deeply intertwined. She has supported and been a leader on issues of affordable housing, including anti-displacement and tenant advocacy, additional funding, discrimination prevention, and the Affordable Housing Overlay. (Read her questionnaire responses or visit her website.)
Marc McGovern is three-term city councilor, a life-long Cambridge resident, graduate of Cambridge public schools, and social worker with 25 years experience working with children and families. He has served as mayor this term, leading on issues of housing, homelessness, substance use, and poverty. (Read his questionnaire responses or visit his website.)
Risa Mednick is a human rights advocate and community organizer who’s worked in intersecting arenas including reproductive and mental health care access, affordable housing, human trafficking, and sexual assault prevention. From 2008–2018 she led Transition House, Cambridge’s domestic violence intervention organization. (Read her questionnaire responses or visit her website.)
Adriane Musgrave has dedicated herself to serving its residents across the city. With experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors—as well as being a new mom—she will bring a unique and valuable skill set to City Council. She helped found Upgrade Cambridge and served as the director of Cambridge Local First. (Read her questionnaire responses or visit her website.)
Sumbul Siddiqui is a first-term city councillor who grew up in Rindge and Roosevelt Towers. As a Councilor, she’s fighting to strengthen tenant protections, connect residents to better employment opportunities, universalize access to high-quality education, and deepen the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability. (Read her questionnaire responses or visit her website.)
Denise Simmons is a lifelong Cantabrigian, who has served on City Council since 2002 and has served twice as mayor. She has spent the past three decades working to better her community —as executive director of the Civic Unity Committee in the 1980s, school committee member in the 1990s, and as a city councilor. (Read her questionnaire responses or visit her website.)
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler is a renter, an organizer, a democratic socialist, and an environmentalist. He has volunteered as a tenants' rights organizer to support residents who face eviction, steep increases in rent, and poor living conditions like mold, lack of heat, and flooding. (Read his questionnaire responses or visit his website.)
Tim Toomey is a 15-term city councilor, former state representative, and lifelong Cambridge resident. He has extensive experience fighting for an inclusive community where people from all backgrounds can thrive and where affordable housing, educational, and vocational opportunities and recreation spaces are open to all. (Read his questionnaire responses or visit his website.)