2019 Candidate Survey: City Council

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here.

Today we are featuring the city council race. All candidates were given the same five questions, and were limited in the directions to 50 words in their answer; longer answers have been truncated and are indicated with an asterisk (*) at the end of the text. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Sukia Akiba
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: NA


1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Environment and climate change is an issue that must be acted on immediately. Cambridge needs to step up its efforts of achieving net zero. Affordable housing is another issue dear to my heart. We must work harder to increase the inventory of affordable housing units. Improving and increasing sustainable transportation options is necessary. 

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
The affordable housing overlay was a first step in helping to address the affordable housing shortage. It should in no means be looked upon as a total solution for resolving the problem. I think Cambridge should explore all options. Land acquisition, repurposing of vacant or underutilized property, financing incentives for homeowners, etc.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
The three priorities for the city budget would be to put aside budget money to provide free public transportation for all residents, provide budgeting to provide free pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-old children, and increase budget funding to move up the timeline for meeting and exceeding net zero.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I believe my background and beliefs set me apart. The city council needs a fresh perspective and new blood in order to move forward and make significant strides in 21st century issues. Also the fact that I have a master’s degree in policy and experience with policy writing also sets me apart.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I have been to six out of the seven continents.

Charles Jessup Franklin
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: 9 years




1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Lack of affordable housing and displacement are the most imminent issues in our city. Lack of equal internet access has created a digital divide where low-income families are left behind in the new digital economy and school systems. Climate change is the single greatest threat to our existence.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
We should increase our funding for affordable housing and use abandoned city land such as the empty lot near Cherry and School Streets. The criteria for incomes should be widened to all who cannot afford market rate, especially those most at risk of displacement, such as low-income households.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget
Affordable housing, municipal broadband feasibility study, and alternative modes of transportation to decrease road congestion and that will help to increase public safety. Part of funding alternative transportation includes rebuilding and modernizing our road infrastructure.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
My experiences as a black person and an engineer have taught me how to bring together a broad base of people to work on difficult problems. I have the ability to talk with anyone as long as we can have a respectful conversation, even if we disagree.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I’m a descendant of both Thomas Jefferson and Henry Clay.

Craig A. Kelley (incumbent)
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: 28

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Effective, transparent and responsive governance in the internet-based digital age—everything we do as a city requires good government as a foundation; improving housing policies, stability, and affordability; integrating new and existing transportation platforms like scooters, e-bikes and electric skateboards safely into our existing world of bikes, pedestrians and cars.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
We must increase density, eliminate parking requirements, change the definition of family to allow more than three unrelated people to live together legally, reduce or eliminate lot size per dwelling unit requirements, and push Harvard and MIT to create a housing stability fund commiserate with their impact on housing pressures.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1. Ensuring the city, including the city council, has staff support and communication and research tools to develop and implement the best policies possible.
2. Ensuring the School Department gets appropriate funding so every student gets the education needed to succeed in the 21st century.
3. Housing stability.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
My larger view on local governance issues. As a Marine, I saw a lot of the world in a very intimate fashion and I understand the importance of contextualizing Cambridge’s problems to solve them properly. That’s what my life experience and professional education allow me to do.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I am 3/4 through a bike trip along the Route 95 corridor from the Canadian Border to Miami. Every day I stop and ask people, now numbering hundreds, two questions: “What makes you feel safe?” and “What makes you feel nervous, maybe keeps you awake at night?”

Derek Kopon
Pronouns: NA
Cambridge resident: 9 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
The top three issues facing the city are: 1) High rents, tenant displacement, and homelessness; 2) Early childhood education; and 3) Sustainable and equitable development that mitigates and is resilient to climate change.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
I advocate for policies that reduce market rents to make Cambridge more affordable for everyone. These include: a vacancy fee, foreign speculative investment tax, transfer fee on property held less than three years, incentivizing Harvard/MIT to provide housing options for grad students and postdocs. I oppose the Affordable Housing Overlay.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1) High quality early childhood education for all. 2) Funding for solar energy and net zero on all municipal development, including affordable housing. 3) Better transportation infrastructure for pedestrians, bikes, and “micro-mobile” residents. I would specifically advocate for a high quality bike lane along Memorial Drive and Mass Ave.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I am the only candidate strongly advocating for campaign finance reform. Money flowing into our political system, much of it from corporate entities outside of Cambridge, undermines public trust and the legitimacy of our democracy. Democratic mechanisms by which we address societal problems are co-opted by ethically conflicted money.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
During my senior year of high school, my classmates voted me “person you would most want devoting their life to finding the cure for the disease that you have” and “person you would most like to have trapped in an elevator with you, trying to diffuse a bomb.”

Alanna Mallon
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: 15 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Increasing our stock of affordable housing, both rental and home ownership opportunities.
Combating the opioid crisis and homelessness.
Enhancing our transit options and making our streets safer.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Support innovative solutions to our affordable housing crisis through zoning, fully fund and advertise our Homebridge program, end source-of-income discrimination, facilitate relationships between small landlords and Section 8 voucher holders, support the recommendations of the Tenant Displacement Taskforce.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Allocating more funding to our Homebridge program and middle-income home ownership.
Ensuring that our city’s vast resources are being used for increasing resources for our most vulnerable residents.
Safer streets, whether that’s related to transit infrastructure, ending gun violence, or keeping them clean and well-maintained.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I’m not just idealistic, I’m effective. I’ve done the behind-the-scenes work to make progress on key initiatives, many of which have been without an advocate for years. As a first-term councilor, I’ve been extremely productive, and my skill in building relationships will help me continue my positive and impactful work.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I watch any show, read any book, or listen to any podcast about serial killers.

Marc McGovern (incumbent)
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: Lifetime

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Affordable housing, climate change, equity in education.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Pass the Affordable Housing Overlay to make it more financially viable to build 100% affordable housing, increase tenant protections, create “gap vouchers” to help fill the gap between where Section 8 ends and market rent begins.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Affordable housing (including transitional housing for the homeless), education, and climate protection.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
From bringing free breakfast to every student in the public schools, to building more affordable housing, to addressing issues of homelessness and substance use, I don’t just talk about what needs to be done, I take concrete action to make things happen.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I was an extra in “Good Will Hunting.” Try to find me!

Jeffery McNary
Pronouns: NA
Cambridge resident: NA

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Response to public concerns; competency and vision. Listening to residents. IS IT HOUSING????

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Rapid modernization of the Cambridge Housing Authority, with oversight by the council.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Come now … it’s fluid with the times!!!

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I’m the senior in years and experience. I served on the staff of a sitting governor, a legislative aide to a state senator, and chief of staff to a Boston city councilor.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
lol … I’m a great cook and I love Harvard football and jazz music!!

Risa Mednick
Pronouns: NA
Cambridge resident: NA

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
1. Increasing displacement of longstanding community members as a result of rising housing costs.
2. A decision about renewing the city manager’s contract or hiring a new city manager.
3. Increased risk of climate disaster: Responding, preparing and supporting community resilience emphasizing climate justice.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
1. Advance policy to create 100% affordable housing on city-owned land appropriate for development.
2. Increase the percentage of inclusionary units in market rate development to at least 30%.
3. Support subsidies to cover the gap between Section 8 vouchers and market-rate rents.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1. Implementing free universal early childhood education.
2. Preserving and creating affordable housing.
3. Improving transportation flow through the city: Enhancing protected bike lanes; leveraging the city’s power to improve MBTA bus routes and frequency, as well as train capacity and functionality.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I’m the only non-incumbent who has collaborated with every city councilor on policy, including domestic violence prevention, affordable housing, pay equity, trauma-informed policing, and fair distribution of community benefits. As former executive director of Transition House and co-founder of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition, I have experience leading system change initiatives.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I make a really good purple carrot matzo ball soup.

Gregg J. Moree
Pronouns: NA
Cambridge resident: Lifetime

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Education: I believe there should b opportunities for youth apprenticeship programs.
Jobs and equal pay: I support equal pay for all.
Housing: We must use programs like co-housing to make living in Cambridge more affordable.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Co-housing, Section 8, and including low-income housing in all new developments.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Environment, jobs for Cambridge citizens, and an apprenticeship program for Cambridge youth.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I am a lifelong Cambridge resident and my family has a long history of helping Cambridge.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
My uncle and mentor, Joe Sakey, was the former director of the Cambridge Public Library. He helped with FDR’s second bill of rights in 1944, and was instrumental in starting CCTV in the early 1980s. CCTV gives out an annual award in his name.

Adriane Musgrave
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: 10 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Cities are undergoing a tremendous transformation and need modern leaders who are looking to the future. Amidst our booming economy, we need to ensure that all families can still thrive in Cambridge, regardless of income; modernize our transportation infrastructure; and do our part to address climate change.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Cambridge is a high-opportunity city with resources and wealth almost beyond measure. It is our collective responsibility to make sure others have access to living here, especially our low-income neighbors. I support: $20M for affordable housing annually; 100% Affordable Housing Overlay; housing on public lands and vacant lots.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
I’m focused on making change that reflects the needs of the urban family and addressing the challenges intensified by our booming economy: housing families can afford; universal daycare and early childhood education; safe streets and better transit; and doing our part for the climate like creating more energy efficient buildings.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
With experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors – and a new mom – I’m uniquely capable of addressing the challenges created by our booming economy. Others have highlighted: “Adriane has put her remarkable, analytical, report-reading, and data-mining skills to good use in understanding seemingly every problem Cambridge faces.” 

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I played D1 soccer at Boston University.

Patty Nolan
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: 25 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Good governance is essential to achieve our goals. From municipal broadband to protected bike lanes to divestment from fossil fuels to road construction projects, effective oversight is lacking. The climate crisis requires assertive strong leadership. Cambridge must be a livable, welcoming city—where ALL residents are included, respected and valued.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Increase funding to affordable housing trust. Monitor and evaluate inclusionary zoning. Explore zoning changes that incentivize more units. Expand home ownership opportunities such as co-ops, and voucher distribution. Support small landlords already renting below market. Provide legal help to residents in need of housing counsel.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Climate crisis. Our declared climate emergency demands action. We’re not meeting our own resilience and reduction goals. Add dramatically more solar. No new gas infrastructure.
Early education. Finally provide quality preschool for all children.
Municipal broadband. Get assessment of options for Cambridge to provide all residents high-speed internet.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
My commitment to good governance, my record of effectively pushing for change against a status quo mentality, my insistence on best practice and data-informed policymaking. My experience fighting for all voices to be heard, including longtime residents, the middle class, and ordinary citizens often ignored. Honest, transparent rationale for stands.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I ran a composting toilet company and am as comfortable talking about poop and pee at the dinner table as your average toddler.

John Pitkin
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: 50 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Relationship between city administration and citizens. City manager’s contract renewal. Environmental crisis of climate change.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
Raise taxes on long-term vacant housing units, of which there are thousands, to increase housing supply and deter rampant speculation, coupled with well-planned rezoning and policies for appropriate new construction along Mass Ave. north of Harvard Square. Maintain inclusionary zoning requirement for affordable units in new construction.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Create a fund for energy conservation retrofits of existing residential buildings and micro-district heat demonstrations; tree plantings and maintenance; and universal pre-K.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
Decades of effective leadership as an active citizen for my neighborhood (Mid-Cambridge), the city, and the environment, coupled with a passion for participatory American democracy.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I speak Finnish.

Sumbul Siddiqui (incumbent)
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: 29 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
The shortage of affordable housing, equitable access to education and employment opportunities, and climate change. I am running for re-election to continue my work on strengthening tenant protections, connecting residents to better employment opportunities, universalizing access to high-quality education, and deepening our city’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
I support building on our city’s vacant properties, pushing our universities to house students, increase funding to the Affordable Housing Trust by implementing a local property transfer fee, increasing our commercial linkage fee by using revenue from taxes on short-term rentals and recreational marijuana, and increasing capital funds.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Preserving the expiring use properties at 362 and 364 Rindge Ave., combating tenant displacement through a rent stabilization fund, rental assistance programs and legal aid services, additional funding for Homebridge; renegotiating payment agreements with our universities; universal pre-K; and affordable spaces for artists and nonprofits.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
My experience in community advocacy, background as a Cambridge native, and work as a public interest attorney provide me with a unique perspective. I am the youngest sitting councilor, first generation, and Muslim. I am an experienced public servant, and I have a proven track record of getting things done.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I love performing stand-up comedy.

E. Denise Simmons (incumbent)
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: Lifetime

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
The need for more affordable housing, working to prevent displacement of longtime Cambridge residents, and finding ways to have more respectful, more inclusive civic dialogues with one another on the issues impacting us all.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
I have championed the citywide Affordable Housing Overlay District, and I will continue to push the council to explore the ideas contained in the Comprehensive Housing Plan I forwarded to the council on Sept. 18, 2017.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Affordable housing, public safety, and more funding for legal services to help with tenant protections and stabilization.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I am one of the two seniormost members of the city council—I have the institutional memory, and the understanding of not just how to come up with ideas, but how to actualize them.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I LOVE photography. And while I do like the increasingly great pictures we can all take with our smartphones, I really love taking pictures with my Nikon and documenting the stories taking place all around me!

Ben Simon
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: 27 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
Homelessness, displacement, and an unsustainably high cost of living.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
What Cambridge needs most urgently is rent control! More fundamentally, we need to stop treating the building of housing as a business venture and start treating it as a public good like education, funded by taxes and made available to everyone. With this change we could end homelessness and displacement.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1. Truly affordable city-owned social housing to end homelessness and displacement.
2. City-owned retail spaces to replace the affordable retail, arts spaces, and accessible jobs that gentrification is rapidly erasing.
3. Education.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I was a lead organizer of the campaign to save the EMF artist community from displacement by a predatory developer. Given the amount of gentrification and displacement in Cambridge, I think the perspective I’d bring as a previously displaced low-income renter and an anti-displacement activist is sorely needed.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
Before I knew I was going to run for city council, I made an anti-gentrification dis track aimed at City Hall, Harvard, and MIT — three of the biggest drivers of displacement in Cambridge. It’s called “A City Is Not A Dormitory” by Toby Tantrum and it’s on the bandcamps.

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: NA

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
1) Housing: Affordability and tenant protections.
2) Public transit and safe streets: Adding bus-only lanes, reducing fares, and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
3) Climate change: We need to tackle emissions, economic inequality, and racial equity at the same time with our campaign’s Cambridge Green New Deal proposal.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
I support tenant protections including rent control and the creation of a Cambridge Community Land Trust. We also need to end red-lining era exclusionary zoning that makes it illegal to build triple-deckers like the one I live in (and other apartments and affordable housing) in large parts of Cambridge.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1) Fare-free public transit for Cambridge residents, which is part of our Cambridge Green New Deal proposal.
3) Economic justice: Universal pre-K for all Cambridge students and public municipal broadband to end the Comcast monopoly.
3) Affordable housing: Increase funding and reduce real-estate speculation through a real estate transfer fee.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I’m a renter, like 2/3 of Cambridge residents, but we have hardly any renters on the City Council. I’ve volunteered as a tenants’ rights organizer and work at a land-policy think tank. I’m also the only challenger to be endorsed by the Boston chapter of the Sunrise Movement.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I speak Portuguese because my dad’s side of the family is from Goa, which was a Portuguese colony in India. In Cambridge and the greater Boston area, we have a lot residents from the Azores, Brazil, Cape Verde, so I have lots of opportunities to speak it.

Tim Toomey (incumbent)
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: Lifetime

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
1. Affordable housing: Expand upon the existing supply so that people of all means can afford to live in Cambridge.
2. Maintaining an affordable residential tax rate for our residents.
3. Kendall Square biotech: Working with biotech industries to ensure more community investment.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
1. Increase supply by changing zoning laws to allow for lodging houses throughout Cambridge, which would allow transitional housing to vulnerable members of Cambridge.
2. Support the Affordable Housing Overlay.
3. Leverage upzoning talks to get more private investment in the Affordable Housing Trust.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
1. Affordable housing.
2. Improve Infrastructure.
3. New recycling center and DPW maintenance facility: Our residents and DPW employees deserve an accessible and modern facility.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
As a lifelong resident, I have seen Cambridge grow and change. I have extensive experience as a public servant. With increased hikes in home values, I understand how important it is to keep the tax rate low. I have both the experience and vision necessary to lead Cambridge forward while* always fighting on behalf of the residents that make Cambridge such a vibrant city.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
My favorite way to relax is by walking along by the Charles River.

Nicola Williams
Pronouns: she/her
Cambridge resident: 32 years

1) What are the top three issues the city will face in this coming term?
Cambridge faces the twin crises of unaffordability and displacement, driven in large part by a lack of affordable housing. The other major issue we face is the climate crisis, which requires of us reducing emissions and increasing our sustainability. As our Senator says, I have a plan for that.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
I’d work to protect renters by pushing for tenant protections like rent stabilization policies, right of first refusal, and right to counsel. I would also work with other municipalities on a regional approach to housing and transportation that created a Green Infrastructure Plan that was affordable and environmentally-sustainable for all.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
The top three priorities need to be investments into affordable housing, including on municipally-owned properties, programs to economically empower people through green jobs, job training, and youth development, and creating universal pre-K for families. By doing this, we can create a Cambridge for all its residents regardless of their income.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
I’ve lived and led in the community for over 30 years. I’ve organized the Cambridge Carnival for the last 27 years and I refuse to take money from corporate PACs because I believe in putting community first. I know that we need a city council that puts people before profits.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
In some ways, my organizing history in Cambridge begins with the end of rent control. 25 years ago, when it was taken away, I was a young renter and my landlord doubled my rent. So I organized my neighbors and asked him to let us buy the building. It worked.

Quinton Y. Zondervan (incumbent)
Pronouns: he/him
Cambridge resident: 20 years

1) What are the three top issues the city will face in this coming term?
The top three issues are housing affordability, climate change, and racial justice. Commercial development leads to rising rents, which displace existing residents, particularly low-income folks and communities of color. Meanwhile, climate change exposes us to extreme heat and flooding, especially in neighborhoods inhabited by our most vulnerable residents.

2) The lack of affordable housing in Cambridge is a frequently discussed policy issue. What policies or legislation would you support as a city councilor to increase affordable housing?
We need to implement a 21st century version of rent control and advocate for Rep. Mike Connolly’s Housing for All Platform, allowing us to limit rent increases on low-income tenants. We should strengthen the condo conversion ordinance to strengthen the rights of those facing eviction due to condo conversion.

3) What should be the top three priorities in the next city budget?
Affordable housing, tree canopy recovery, and closing the racial achievement gap in our schools. Councilor Carlone and I successfully negotiated spending increases in these three areas, among others. However, I voted against the budget, despite all the good, because the school budget does not address the persistent racial achievement gap.

4) What sets you apart as a candidate?
As a justice advocate since childhood, I always put people first, especially our most vulnerable. As a longtime climate activist, I can guide Cambridge’s response to this existential crisis. As a software and biotech entrepreneur, I understand what the knowledge economy does and does not do for our city.

5) What’s one fun fact about you?
I learned to understand English as a kid by watching untranslated American sitcoms like “Good Times” and “Different Strokes” in Suriname, South America, where we speak Dutch and Sranan Tongo. After immigrating to Florida and escaping dictatorship at 15, I learned to speak English from my high school classmates.

The following candidates did not respond to Scout’s survey: Burhan Azeem, Dennis Carlone, Ilan Levy.

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