City Politics

Doubling Up: Social Worker Frantz Pierre Makes Dual Runs for Cambridge Council and School Committee

For the first time in living memory, Cambridge residents will see a candidate’s name twice on their ballots in November. That name is Frantz Pierre: a social worker and lifelong Cantabrigian who is running simultaneously for Cambridge City Council and School Committee.

Filmmaker Federico Muchnik Runs for Cambridge Council to Safeguard the ‘Character of the City’

Federico Muchnik is running for Cambridge City Council on a platform that advocates for affordable housing with reservations to preserve the “character of the city.” His campaign was sparked by a seven-story housing development in his own neighborhood.

Cambridge Bartender Joe McGuirk Ready for Second Round, Focusing on Affordable Housing in Council Race

For the last 30 years, Joe McGuirk has tended bar in Cambridge. Now, he wants to tend to the city’s affordability crisis. After announcing his campaign for Cambridge City Council in June, McGuirk has laid out a platform prioritizing affordable housing as the city’s housing prices continue to rise.

Cambridge City Council Votes Against Changes to Affordable Housing Overlay Amendments

The Cambridge City Council voted against revising amendments to the Affordable Housing Overlay Monday evening, rejecting language that would have prioritized housing middle-income residents and altered the policy’s approach to building height.

At First Cambridge City Council Election Forum, Candidates Clash Over Building Emissions

Sixteen candidates for the Cambridge City Council convened over Zoom Sunday evening to discuss environmental building regulations and the implementation of a new renewable energy system among a swath of pressing urban issues.

Cambridge City Council to Vote on Taller Affordable Housing Height Maximums

The Cambridge City Council is set to vote on a controversial zoning petition that would increase the maximum height restrictions for buildings with 100 percent affordable housing — allowing for development projects as high as 15 stories in some parts of the city.

A Crimson Commonwealth: The Harvard Alumni Who Run Massachusetts

As Harvard affiliates continue to interact with and fill the Massachusetts government, it often falls to the University’s own to create policy and settle disagreements that directly affect Harvard. How does their time at the University influence the way they approach these disputes, and what is the effect of Harvard’s impact on Massachusetts leaders?

‘It’s Way Past Time’: How Cambridge is Reconsidering its 80-Year-Old Form of Government

Last August, the Cambridge City Council appointed 15 residents to a charter review committee set to reassess the city’s form of government and recommended changes. The committee continues to grapple with its first major dilemma: Should the city be run by a mayor or a city manager?

Kenzie Bok ’11 Talks Path from Harvard Student and Teacher to City Councilor

In an interview with The Crimson, Kenzie Bok ’11 described the formative influence of her time at Harvard — both as a student and lecturer — on her career, including both her policy and her political philosophy.

Cambridge City Councilors Developing Proposal for Expanded After-School Program

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Councilors Marc C. McGovern and Burhan Azeem are developing a policy order aimed at expanding after-school care, following more than a year of advocacy by Cambridge Public Schools parents.

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