The Incumbents: Running on Their Records

The Cambridge City Council election is November 2. Among the 29 candidates, the incumbents have the natural advantage. The Crimson takes a look at all seven candidates running for re-election.

William H. Walsh, 48, says allegations of bank fraud won't interfere with his campaign for re-election onto the Cambridge city council.

The four-term councillor says that his trial definitely won't take place until after the election and that his campaign is going well. "The people have been fantastic," he says.

Walsh says the election's biggest issues will be the tax rate and rent control because the city is in a financial crisis.

Walsh is one of the council's greatest opponents of rent control. "I think it needs massive change or total abolition," he says.


Walsh would like Harvard to make a larger payment to the city in lieu of taxes. He doesn't rely on Harvard students, though.

"They're students here. During that time I'd hope they'd be respectful to the community," Walsh says. "I don't think people just passing through have any definite role."

Walsh allegedly defrauded Dime Savings Bank of New York of about $8 million for condominium developments in Massachusetts. He was indicted last October on 59 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud and making false statements to a federally insured bank.

If he is convicted on all counts, Walsh faces up to 208 years in prison and $14.75 million in fines.

Francis H. Duehay '55 has spent most of his 22 years on the Cambridge city council defending the environment.

Duehay, who is endorsed by the Cambridge Civic Association, has worked to keep the water supply at Fresh Pond clean and to prevent the construction of Scheme Z, a 16-lane, 11-story highway interchange slated for construction through East Cambridge.

But despite his environmental concerns, Duehay does not oppose development altogether.

"We have had a very rocky history of neighborhoods fighting development," Duehay says. "If we continue the pattern, we're going to lose the kind of development that we want and the kind of jobs that we want."

The 60 year-old Neighborhood Ten resident also favors town-gown cooperation--better relations between the city and Harvard.

Duehay says that in previous campaigns he has personally visited all Harvard students registered to vote in Cambridge and that he hopes to do the same this year.