Cambridge will hold an election for 9 city Councilors on Nov 7. There are 24 candidates running including 6 incumbents If you want to make your voice heard, this is the time to take action, to vote and encourage others to vote.
Between now and November take time to learn about the candidates and where they stand on the issues you care about. Register to vote, and encourage others to vote. In the last election, Council Members were elected by receiving just over 2,000 votes, a small number compared to the amount of eligible voters in Cambridge.
YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER!
SAVE MASS AVE supports Candidates that will support all of Cambridge, including residents and businesses. “Proportional Representation” (Rank Choice) Voting makes your Number 1 vote very important, and you may vote for as many or as few candidates as you would like.
Please consider voting for the following candidates:
Paul Toner: https://www.tonerforcambridge.com/
Denise Simmons: https://www.denise-simmons.com/
Joan Pickett https://electpickett.org
Joe McGuirk https://www.joemcguirkforcambridge.com
John Hanratty https://www.hanrattyforcambridge.com
Carrie Pasquarello https://www.carriecaresforcambridge.com
Robert Winters http://rwinters.com/vote
Federico Muchnik http://vote.cambridgecivic.com/muchnik.htm
Ayesha M. Wilson https://www.voteayesha.com
A Better Cambridge sent out a questionnaire to all 2023 Cambridge City Council candidates, and received 21 responses. Here is a link to their responses: https://www.abettercambridge.org/23quest
CCC Cambridge Citizens Coalition has Candidate Endorsements & Information at this link: https://www.cccoalition.org/election.html
Coverage of Candidates for City Council: https://www.cambridgeday.com/category/news/politics-2/city-council-candidates
October 28: 5 p.m. deadline to register to vote in municipal election. In person registration hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Election Commission office. (Mail-in registration must be postmarked by October 28th).
October 31: 5 p.m. deadline to request a ballot by mail.
November 6: Noontime (12 p.m.) deadline to apply for absentee ballot
for over-the-counter voting.
November 7: Municipal Election. Polls are open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
All vote-by-mail ballots (except overseas absentee ballots) must arrive at the Election Commission office by 8 p.m. 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 p.m. on Friday, November 17th, but must be postmarked by November 7th
Cambridge uses “Proportional Representation” (Rank Choice) Voting. You may vote for as many of the candidates listed on the ballot as you wish, but you must rank the candidates in order of preference.
Register to vote: https://tinyurl.com/mr3bpu36
Early Voting by Mail: https://tinyurl.com/3ctufjkv
Absentee Voting: https://tinyurl.com/2zjnjc4w
Maps and Polling Locations: https://tinyurl.com/ms7uyxkr
Proportional Representation (Rank Choice) Voting explained:
Candidate Bio’s and Links: http://vote.cambridgecivic.com/
In October 2020, the Cambridge City Council amended the Cycling Safety Ordinance to require the installation of approximately 25 Miles of Separated Bike Lanes Across the Entire City, Including the Whole Length of Mass Ave., within the next five to seven years. Their design has severely impacted businesses, pedestrians, traffic and all who use Mass Ave. A design is needed that allows for safe streets, and supports our residents, businesses, elderly and disabled.
The Map shows the City of Cambridge’s proposed network of protected bike lanes, from its 2015 Bicycle Plan, Updated in 2020. Proposed amendments to the city’s Cycling Safety Ordinance would require at least 22.6 lane-miles of this network – including the specific segments highlighted in red dashed lines – to be built by 2026.
Click on Map for Larger image, Map Courtesy of the City of Cambridge.
Three City departments collaborate on the design, community engagement, installation, and construction for street and transportation improvements:
Belmont Street Reconstruction Project: Belmont Street, from the Belmont town line to Mt. Auburn Street, is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction.
Brattle Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes on Brattle Street between Mason Street and Mount Auburn Street and make improvements to pedestrian crossings.
Chestnut Street Reconstruction Project: Chestnut Street from Sydney St. to Pleasant St. is scheduled for reconstruction in 2023 as part of the City's Five Year Plan for Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction.
Danehy Park Connector: The Danehy Park Connector / New Street Path is a proposed multi-use path between Concord Avenue and Danehy Park.
Grand Junction Multi-Use Path: The Grand Junction Multi-use Path is a proposed off-street multi-use path running alongside the existing railroad tracks in the Grand Junction corridor from Boston University Bridge to Somerville. The city's objective is to design, in as much of the corridor as possible, a 14-foot wide path with two-foot wide buffers on both sides.
Hampshire Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes along Hampshire Street between Inman Square and Broadway.
Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza: A community process established a vision for the Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza to be flexible, dynamic, and welcoming community assets that enhance the everyday life of Harvard Square, act as platforms for community gatherings, including civic, artistic, and social activities, and attract and serve a broad range of people.
Linear Park Redesign: Linear Park, located in North Cambridge between Alewife Station and the Cambridge-Somerville city line, is a popular open space corridor for commuting and recreation. Given its age and condition, the City of Cambridge is undertaking the redesign and reconstruction of Linear Park between the Russell Field Fieldhouse and the Cambridge-Somerville city line, just north of Mass Ave.
Main Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes along Main Street between Massachusetts Avenue/Lafayette Square and Portland Street.
MassAve4 Cycling Safety Ordinance Projects: In the Cycling Safety Ordinance, sections of Massachusetts Avenue that have complicating factors were identified as the “MassAve4.”
Mt. Auburn Street at Aberdeen Avenue Intersection Safety Improvement Project: This project will make changes at the intersection of Mt Auburn Street and Aberdeen Avenue and to Mt. Auburn Street from Belmont Street to Brattle Street. Changes will improve safety at the intersection for people walking, biking, driving, and riding buses.
Park Ave Road Reconstruction Project: Park Avenue, from Huron Avenue to Holworthy Street, will be reconstructed in 2023 to improve drainage, make sidewalks more accessible for all users, add trees and green infrastructure, and make the street safe for all users.
The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project: The Port neighborhood is vulnerable to flooding. This project will reduce flooding by replacing old pipes, installing new pipes and building underground storage tanks. The project will also include improvements to drainage, water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, trees, and open space.
O’Brien Highway (Route 28) Reconstruction Project: Divco West, the developer of Cambridge Crossing, is redesigning and reconstructing O'Brien Highway from Land Boulevard to Third Street and some nearby streets. Reconstruction includes separated bicycle lanes, new sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and landscaping.
River Street Reconstruction Project: This project will redesign River Street (from Memorial Drive to Massachusetts Avenue) to meet everyone’s needs; address utility and infrastructure needs; and develop and install a new design for Carl Barron Plaza. The project includes the bus terminal at River and Magazine Street and the Carl Barron Plaza (the public plaza in front of the Amazon, Cambridge Savings Bank, and