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My background and reasons for running:
My commitment to social and economic justice and civic engagement stems from my life experiences. Raised in public housing by a single mother who struggled with health issues, I also spent time in foster care before earning a football scholarship to Duke University, where I graduated with a degree in computer science. After that, I worked my way through Boston College Law School, where I volunteered with the Committee for Public Counsel Services and was elected managing editor of the Third World Law Journal (also known as the Journal of Law and Social Justice). After graduation, I passed the bar exam and worked for a technology company. I am presently licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
I never forgot where I came from, and I have spent the past five years working to serve the public interest, first as a part-time grassroots organizer and progressive activist (while working in the private sector), and later, as a city employee.
In 2013, I led the successful campaign for a "net zero" carbon emissions plan, and most recently, I worked in City Hall as a legislative aide, with a focus on planning, transportation, open space, environmental protection, and housing issues. I resigned from my position in late-July and decided to run for city council because I became convinced that city officials are too focused on accommodating high-end commercial and luxury housing development, without providing sufficient protections for today's renters and homeowners (and without addressing major quality of life impacts).
I respectfully ask for your #1 vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, so that I can join the city council and work with residents, city officials, and neighborhood leaders on a comprehensive plan to keep Cambridge affordable, sustainable, and livable for all.
I am proud to be endorsed by the Cambridge Residents Alliance and the Ward 6 Progressive Democrats. In addition, my efforts have also earned the support of campaign finance reform activist Lawrence Lessig, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, and world-famous environmentalist Bill McKibben.
Also, my campaign does not accept financial contributions from real estate developers because I believe such contributions create an unavoidable appearance of undue influence.
My top priority - Housing Affordability:
The centerpiece of my platform is a call for a comprehensive housing plan to keep Cambridge affordable for all of its current residents. Boston and Somerville recently completed housing plans, but Cambridge does not have any recent housing plan. A housing plan is important because it can enable us to do a better job of leveraging complex opportunities, forming public-private partnerships, and capturing more of the wealth that is being extracted from our community by the international speculators and Wall Street-backed corporate development firms.
Cambridge's affordable housing plan shouldn't be the product of any one individual. Rather, it should be the result of collaboration and a robust public process. All city councillors should be working together, along with city officials, neighborhood leaders, and independent experts to ensure the success of the process and the quality of the plan. The City of Cambridge recently embarked on a Citywide Planning process – this housing plan should be considered an "early action item" of that larger process.
At a minimum, our housing plan should include:
Other important priorities:
More background information:
I am active with the Cambridge Residents Alliance, the Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods (where I served as Secretary), and Green Cambridge (where I currently serve as a Member of the Board). In addition, I have been selected to represent Cambridge at the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention for each of the past three years, and I have also volunteered with HEET, the Home Energy Efficiency Team.
My wife Kacy and I live on Harding Street with our two cats, Bear and Oona. We are also cyclists and are proud to be using 100% New England Wind Energy to power our apartment through an arrangement with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (www.massenergy.org). We are also saving up for a place of our own and hope to someday raise a family here in Cambridge.
I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have about my candidacy or the campaign in general. Please send me an email at email@example.com and we can discuss what's on your mind. Thank you for taking the time to learn about my campaign.
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