Cambridge Candidate Pages 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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 never 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. Please read as much as you can about all of the candidates and make an informed choice. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. [Where do I vote?]   [Polling locations - 2019   (PDF version)]

[Calendar: 2019 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums]   [Send all updates to]

Sequential list of who pulled nomination papers for City Council or School Committee

Candidates for Cambridge City Council (22 candidates for 9 seats)

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Sukia Akiba, City Council candidate
Sukia Akiba

343 Walden St., 02138
Burhan Azeem, City Council candidate
Burhan Azeem

91 Sidney St. #814, 02139
Dennis Carlone, City Council candidate
Dennis J. Carlone

9 Washington Ave., 02140
Charles Franklin, City Council candidate
Charles J. Franklin

162 Hampshire St. #1R, 02139
Craig Kelley, City Council candidate
Craig A. Kelley

6 St. Gerard Terr., 02140
Derek Andrew Kopon, City Council candidate
Derek Andrew Kopon

8 Wright St. #2, 02138
Ilan Levy, City Council candidate
Ilan Levy

148 Spring St., 02141
Alanna Marie Mallon, City Council candidate
Alanna M. Mallon

3 Maple Ave., 02139
Marc McGovern, City Council candidate
Marc C. McGovern

17 Pleasant St., 02139
Jeffery McNary, City Council candidate
Jeffery McNary

116 Norfolk St., 02139
Risa L. Mednick, City Council candidate
Risa Mednick

20 Maple Ave., Unit C, 02139
Gregg Moree, City Council candidate
Gregg J. Moree

25 Fairfield St., 02140
Adriane Musgrave, City Council candidate
Adriane Musgrave

48 Haskell St., 02140
Patty Nolan, City Council candidate
Patricia M. Nolan

184 Huron Ave., 02138
John Pitkin, City Council candidate
John Pitkin

18 Fayette St., 02139
Sumbul Siddiqui, City Council candidate
Sumbul Siddiqui

283 Sidney St. #3, 02139
Denise Simmons, City Council candidate
E. Denise Simmons

188 Harvard St. #4B, 02139
Ben Simon, City Council candidate
Ben Simon

67 Bishop Allen Dr. #2, 02139
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, City Council candidate
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

19 Trowbridge St #6, 02138
Tim Toomey, City Council candidate
Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

88 Sixth St., 02141
Nicola Williams, City Council candidate
Nicola A. Williams

8 Brewer St. #5, 02138
Quinton Zondervan, City Council candidate
Quinton Y. Zondervan

235 Card. Medeiros Ave., 02141
Candidates who never responded:
Carlone, Levy, McGovern
Recently updated: Zondervan page updated (Nov 4); Pitkin page updated, new picture (Nov 3); Mednick page updated (Nov 3); Mallon page updated (Oct 30); Kelley page updated (Oct 28); Simon page updated (Oct 27); Franklin page updated (Oct 27); Sobrinho-Wheeler candidate video added (Oct 27); Pitkin page partial update (Oct 26); Akiba page updated (Oct 22); Azeem page updated (Oct 22); Musgrave page updated (Oct 22); Siddiqui page updated (Oct 22); Azeem page updated (Oct 18); Sobrinho-Wheeler page updated (Oct 16); Patty Nolan page updated (Oct 11); CCTV video links added - Siddiqui, Carlone, Simon (Oct 10); Toomey page updated (Oct 1).

Candidates for Cambridge School Committee (11 candidates for 6 seats)

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Ruth Ryan Allan, School Committee candidate
Ruth Ryan Allen

48 Fenno St., 02138
Manikka Bowman, School Committee candidate
Manikka L. Bowman

134 Reed Street, 02140
Bernette Dawson, School Committee candidate
Bernette J. Dawson

71 Oxford St. #8, 02138
Emily Dexter, School Committee candidate
Emily Dexter

9 Fenno St., 02138
elected, opted out
Fred Fantini, School Committee candidate
Alfred B. Fantini

4 Canal Park, 02141
Elechi Kadete, School Committee candidate
Elechi M. Kadete

10 Laurel St. #4, 02139
Christopher Lim, School Committee candidate
Christopher Lim

48 Pleasant St., 02139
Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, School Committee candidate
José Luis Rojas Villarreal

19 Cornelius Way, 02141
David J. Weinstein, School Committee candidate
David J. Weinstein

45 S. Normandy Ave., 02138
elected to replace Dexter
Rachel B. Weinstein, School Committee candidate
Rachel B. Weinstein

60 Standish St. #1, 02138
Ayesha Wilson, School Committee candidate
Ayesha Wilson

15 Concord Ave., 02138

Candidates who never responded:
Recently updated: Bernette Dawson page updated (Oct 29); David Weinstein page updated (Oct 26); Rojas Villarreal page updated (Oct 19); Emily Dexter page updated, new gallery photo (Oct 13); more links to CCTV videos added - Ruth Ryan Allen (Oct 10); Ruth Ryan Allen website & contact info added (Oct 7); Christopher Lim page updated (Oct 7).

2019 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums     [Send all updates to]
[Note: There is a strict non-discrimination policy. Only events open to the general public (with or without RSVP) will be listed.]

2019 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

2017 Election Information [for reference and comparison]

2017 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums [for reference and comparison]

Official List of City Council Candidates for the 2017 Cambridge Municipal Election (PDF - released Aug 21, 2017)

Official List of School Committee Candidates for the 2017 Cambridge Municipal Election (PDF - released Aug 21, 2017)

Cambridge City Council and School Committee Candidates – 2017 (CCJ Forum w/sortable lists)

2017 City Council Campaign Receipts and Expenditures (CCJ Forum w/sortable lists)

2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports (CCJ Forum w/sortable lists)

Voting by Proportional Representation (PDF derived from official City brochure)

Voting by Proportional Representation (HTML derived from official City brochure)

Voting by Proportional Representation (Flash version derived from official City brochure - click or grab corner to turn page)

Voting by Proportional Representation (rescaled Flash version derived from official City brochure - click or grab corner to turn page)

Supplemental notes on the Cambridge PR elections (modified Sept 7, 2013)

An example - 2003 City Council election graphs round-by-round (PDF)

Official 2019 Cambridge Municipal Election Calendar (and advice for candidates)

Mon, July 1:

Municipal Election Nomination Papers available at Election Commission office.

Nomination papers will be available through the July 31 submission deadline, but it is advisable that a candidate pick up papers early and get started collecting signatures. The process is an excellent way for a new candidates to "get their feet wet" and acclimate to the process of asking for support. ALL pages of your nomination papers must be notarized and there are a total of three sheets. You will also want to get a current database of registered voters. This is available from the Election Commission free of charge to any candidate who has pulled nomination papers. Voter history files and the street listing are also available.

Wed, July 31:

5:00pm deadline to submit nomination papers & statements of financial interest for candidates.

A minimum of 50 valid signatures must be filed and a candidate may submit up to 100 signatures. Once a voter's signature has been recorded for a particular candidate, it cannot be used for another candidate in the same race. That is, a voter should sign for exactly one candidate for City Council and one candidate for School Committee. Candidates should submit as many signatures as possible over the minimum of 50 because it is very likely that some signatures will not be certified. It is advisable that all signatures be checked against the voter registration list before submitting them. Candidates do not have to submit all their signatures at one time, and it is advisable that signatures be submitted as each sheet becomes full. The Election Commission staff traditionally checks signatures soon after they are submitted, so it is possible to know how many signatures have been tentatively certified in case it is necessary to obtain more signatures to reach the minimum of 50 certified signatures. Actual certification is only official when the Election Commission votes to approve them.

Wed, Aug 14: 5:00pm deadline for Election Commission to certify signatures on nomination papers.
Fri, Aug 16: 5:00pm deadline for municipal candidates to file withdrawal of nomination.
Wed, Oct 16: 8:00pm deadline to register to vote in municipal election. In person registration hours are 8:30am to 8:00pm at Election Commission office only. (Mail in registration must be postmarked by Oct 16).
Mon, Oct 28:

Deadline for School Committee candidates and Political Committees to file Municipal Campaign & Political Finance Reports. (City Council candidates should consult their OCPF packets regarding depository-filing requirements).

City Council candidates are required under state law to set up a depository account at a bank. The bank will report all deposits and expenditures directly to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). School Committee candidates are not required to set up a depository account, but they must file a campaign finance report in mid-October and at the end of the year.

Fri, Nov 1: Election Commission will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Sat, Nov 2: Election Commission office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Mon, Nov 3: Noontime (12:00pm) deadline to apply for absentee ballot, either for mail-in or over-the-counter voting.
Tues, Nov 5:

Municipal Election. Polls are open 7:00am until 8:00pm.
All absentee ballots (except Overseas Absentee Ballots) must arrive at the Election Commission office by 8:00pm to be counted. Ballot count begins at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square after the polls close. Overseas Absentee Ballots are due by 5:00pm on Friday, Nov 15, but must be postmarked by Nov 5.

It is expected that the Election Commission will report preliminary election results Tuesday evening (Nov 5), but this tally does not include auxiliary ballots (write-in ballots and other ballots not yet counted for a variety of reasons). These will be scanned and tabulated on Wednesday. Unofficial election results are expected to be announced on Wednesday when all of the auxiliary ballots have been included. The official election results will not be complete until any overseas absentee ballots and provisional ballots have been included on Fri, Nov 15.

Wed, Nov 6: 9:00am-5:00pm. Ballot count resumes at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square.
Fri, Nov 15: Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted at 5:00pm.
Regular Election Commission Office Hours: (Unless otherwise indicated)  
Mondays: 8:30am to 8:00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am to Noon
Holidays: The Election Commission will be closed for the following holidays:
Independence Day - Thursday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 2
Indigeonous Peoples/Columbus Day - Monday, October 14

2019 Official Municipal Election Calendar

CCJ Forum

CCTV candidate videos

Oct 30, 2019 - Small Property Owners Association City Council Candidate Forum

Oct 29, 2019 - CEOC/YWCA City Council Candidate Forum

Oct 5, 2019 -- Cambridge Citizens Coalition (CCC) City Council Candidate Forum

Oct 3, 2019 - Cambridge Educational Association School Committee Candidate Forum

Oct 2, 2019 - Ward 6 Democratic Committee School Committee Candidate Forum

Sept 25, 2019 -- Climate Action Coalition City Council Candidate Forum

Sept 17, 2019 -- Ward 6 Democratic Committee City Council Candidate Forum

Sept 11, 2019 -- A Better Cambridge (ABC) City Council Candidate Forum

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