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Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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 7, 2017.

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Probable Candidates for Cambridge City Council (21 candidates for 9 seats)

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Ron Benjamin, City Council candidate
Ron Benjamin

172 Cushing St., 02138
Dennis Carlone, City Council candidate
Dennis Carlone

9 Washington Ave., 02140
Leland Cheung, City Council candidate
Leland Cheung

157 Garden St., 02138
Olivia D'Ambrosio, City Council candidate
Olivia D'Ambrosio

270 3rd Street #305, 02142
Jan Devereux, City Council candidate
Jan Devereux

255 Lakeview Ave., 02138
Sam Gebru, City Council candidate
Sam Gebru

812 Memorial Dr., 02139
Craig Kelley, City Council candidate
Craig A. Kelley

6 St. Gerard Terr., 02140
Ilan Levy, City Council candidate
Ilan Levy

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

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

15 Pleasant St., 02139
Adriane Musgrave, City Council candidate
Adriane B. Musgrave

5 Newport Rd #5, 02140
Nadya Teresa Okamoto, City Council candidate
Nadya Okamoto

Canaday Hall, Harvard Yard, 02138
Jeffrey Santos, City Council candidate
Jeffrey Santos

350 3rd St. #809, 02142
Sumbul Siddiqui, City Council candidate
Sumbul Siddiqui

530 Windsor Street, 02141
Denise Simmons, City Council candidate
E. Denise Simmons

188 Harvard St. #4B, 02139
Vatsady Sivongxay, City Council candidate
Vatsady Sivongxay

59 Kirkland St. #2, 02138
Sean Tierney, City Council candidate
Sean Tierney

12 Prince St., 02139
Paul Toner, City Council candidate
Paul Toner

24 Newman St., 02140
Tim Toomey, City Council candidate
Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

88 Sixth St., 02141
Gwen Volmar, City Council candidate
Gwen Volmar

13 Ware St. #4, 02138
Quinton Zondervan, City Council candidate
Quinton Zondervan

235 Cardinal Madeiros Ave., 02141
       
Recently updated: Gwen Volmar (June 27), Ilan Levy (June 26), Marc McGovern (June 21), Denise Simmons (June 21), Paul Toner (June 21), Adriane Musgrave (June 20), Sam Gebru (June 14), Jeffrey Santos (June 8), Dennis Carlone, Sumbul Siddiqui, Sean Tierney, Quinton Zondervan, Jan Devereux, Nadya Okamoto, Alanna Mallon

Probable Candidates for Cambridge School Committee (9 candidates for 6 seats)

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Manikka Bowman, School Committee candidate
Manikka Bowman

134 Reed Street, 02140
Fran Cronin, School Committee candidate
Fran Cronin

1 Kimball Lane, 02140
Emily Dexter, School Committee candidate
Emily Dexter

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

4 Canal Park, 02141
Richard Harding, School Committee candidate
Richard Harding, Jr.

189 Windsor St., 02139
Kathleen Kelly, School Committee candidate
Kathleen Kelly

17 Marie Ave., 02139
Kathleen Kelly, School Committee candidate
Laurance Kimbrough

24 Aberdeen Ave., 02138
Will MacArthur, School Committee candidate
Will MacArthur

18 Shea Rd., 02140
Patty Nolan, School Committee candidate
Patricia M. Nolan

184 Huron Ave., 02138
 
Recently updated: Laurance Kimbrough (June 26), Fran Cronin (June 22), Will MacArthur (June 11)

2017 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums
[Note: There is a strict non-discrimination policy. Only events open to the general public (with or without RSVP) will be listed.]

2015 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums [for reference and comparison]

Official List of Candidates for the 2015 Cambridge Municipal Election (PDF - released Aug 19, 2015)
A candidate list for 2017 will be posted when the official list is determined in August.

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 2017 Cambridge Municipal Election Calendar (and advice for candidates)

Mon, July 3:

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.

Mon, 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.

Mon, Aug 14: 5:00pm deadline for Election Commission to certify signatures on nomination papers.
Wed, Aug 16: 5:00pm deadline for municipal candidates to file withdrawal of nomination.
Wed, Oct 18: 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 18).
Mon, Oct 30:

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 3: Election Commission will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Sat, Nov 4: Election Commission office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Mon, Nov 6: Noontime (12:00pm) deadline to apply for absentee ballot, either for mail-in or over-the-counter voting.
Tues, Nov 7:

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 17, but must be postmarked by Nov 7.

It is expected that the Election Commission will report preliminary election results Tuesday evening (Nov 7), 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 17.

Wed, Nov 8: 9:00am-5:00pm. Ballot count resumes at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square.
Fri, Nov 17: 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 - Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 4
Indigeonous Peoples/Columbus Day - Monday, October 9

Printable copy of 2017 Municipal Election Calendar

Cambridge Chronicle
Election Pages

The Harvard Crimson had
a pretty nifty site (2013).

Cambridge Civic Journal

CCJ Forum

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CCTV candidate videos

Candidates: Send all updates to election2017@cambridgecivic.com.
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