Gwen Thomas Volmar

Gwen Thomas Volmar
2017 Candidate for Cambridge City Council

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13 Ware St. #4
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Gwen Volmar is First Woman to Qualify for the Ballot, Announces Candidacy for City Council

July 12 - Gwen Thomas Volmar, longtime Cambridge resident, is pleased to announce her candidacy for Cambridge City Council. Gwen has dedicated a lifetime to service, advocacy, and education and now seeks to bring new perspective to the Council. “Every member of our community deserves a voice and a place in every conversation. That means inside City Hall, too.” said Volmar. “For too long our city has been run by people who don’t truly represent all Cantabrigians.”

Gwen’s platform includes a commitment to:

  • Addressing the housing crisis with courage and innovation
  • Making eradicating homelessness a municipal fiscal priority
  • Giving dignity and voice to those who suffer from addiction and mental illness
  • Prioritizing teaching and equity across Cambridge schools
  • Implementing municipal broadband as an issue of fundamental fairness

Details of the full platform can be accessed at An official campaign launch party is planned for later this summer.

Gwen Volmar is a new candidate this year.

The daughter of two scientists, and descending from a long line of natural-born educators and activists, Gwen has dedicated her life to service and education. She has worked at Human Rights Watch and Teachers Without Borders, and at the University of California, Berkeley, Gwen studied Spanish in preparation for teaching 5th grade in an Oakland, California English Language Immersion classroom. In Cambridge, Gwen works with college students applying for scholarships and fellowships. She got her Master's degree from the Harvard Extension School at night, while working full time to support her family, and still continues to take classes. (This spring marked Gwen's 50th semester of school!) Alarmed by the pervasiveness of substance abuse and mental illness in Massachusetts, Gwen received her Master's in Psychology and researched adolescent overdose.

Armed with education, passion, and a heavy dose of personal responsibility, Gwen has now decided to enter local politics. The rising cost of living has put Cambridge almost out of reach for her small family, and she believes everyone should be able to live here, not just those who can afford a life of luxury. If you care about Cambridge, and want to see it change for the better, please get in touch or sign up to receive updates from the Gwen for City Council campaign.

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