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Dear fellow Cantabrigian,
I am a candidate who can provide a fresh perspective to the City Council. Born in India of Persian ancestry I have made Cambridge my home since 1973. Ever since coming to Cambridge I have immersed myself in the community and worked to give back to our great city. I have participated in the Greater Boston Interfaith program since 1992, served as a member of Cambridge Peace Commission for seven years, and volunteered regularly at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter for over a decade. Now I am running for City Council to ensure Cambridge remains a great place to live for all who make Cambridge their home.
If you are looking for a candidate who is a knowledgeable, articulate advocate for environmental, energy, and housing issues then I am your candidate. I am a Diplomate Environmental Engineer and member of civil and environmental engineering societies that promote environmental activism locally and globally. I have worked on public works projects which have both aided the environment and saved taxpayers thousands of dollars in water bills by reducing extraneous flow entering into wastewater treatment plants. I have also built housing projects and medical diagnostic centers for low and middle-income residents.
If you are looking for a candidate who is dedicated to core Democratic values then I am your candidate. I have worked tirelessly for local, state, and national Democratic candidates since 1988. I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic State Committee since 1999 and Chairman of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee for Ward 4 since 1994. I was also a vice president of the Electoral College in 2004 and proudly voted for John Kerry for President.
If you are looking for a candidate who is experienced with labor and issues affecting working people then I am your candidate. I served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists from 1990 to 2003 and have been endorsed by them in this election. If elected, I will put workers' rights first.
I look forward to working with you on the path to victory on November 5th. By giving me your #1 vote, you will be supporting a candidate who represents dedication, experience, and diversity. I encourage you to contact me so I can speak with you personally and I would be honored to receive your #1 vote for City Council.
Global warming is one of the most critical problems facing us today and we must take affirmative steps to combat it. I completely support the goals of the proposed net-zero energy petition. We must reduce carbon emissions from many sources including the development projects that would fall under this petition. As an environmental engineer I have seen firsthand the effect that construction projects have on our community. It is essential that future development is environmentally friendly. Requiring net-zero energy standards encourages the use of alternative energy sources that create less carbon emissions and will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This petition, which would only affect large buildings, is just one of many steps Cambridge should take to protect its environment, but it is a step in the right direction.
A clean environment also provides protection against pollution that causes asthma, cancer, and other serious diseases. For instance, there is a higher incidence of asthma in children in polluted, urban areas. We must work to keep our environment clean to protect our residents' public health.
I would advocate for increased open space, both at street level and by creating more green roofs, I would strongly promote the use of alternative energy, and I would encourage the expansion of public-transportation and bike and car sharing programs that lead to less crowded roads and less pollution.
I began my career by designing and building low and middle-income housing. As a registered professional engineer and registered construction supervisor, I will bring to the city council the experience necessary to ensure affordable housing options are maintained. Cambridge belongs to all residents irrespective of their race, religion, color, national origin, and income and I will work to ensure that remains true.
In addition, our transportation policy should contain a strong focus on public safety. The streets of Cambridge are more crowded than ever and are shared between drivers, cyclists, pedestrians. I support an increase the number of bike lanes and will advocate for programs which encourage people to bike or walk more often, for both the environmental and the public health benefits. I support the growth of bike sharing and car sharing programs which make our roads less crowded and decrease pollution. At the same time, the city must work harder to enforce traffic laws for all, no matter what mode of transport one is using.
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