Cambridge Candidate Pages 2009

Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In Cambridge's proportional representation (PR) elections, you may vote for as many candidates as you please, but you must rank your choices. Give a #1 rank to your top choice, a #2 rank to your next choice, etc. Ranking additional candidates will never hurt your top choice(s). If you assign the same rank to more than one candidate, none of those candidates will receive your vote. To prevent this, incorrectly cast ballots will be rejected and returned to you for correction. This way every vote will count as intended. Please read as much as you can about all of the candidates and make an informed choice. Election Day was Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Where do I vote?

Candidates for Cambridge City Council (21 candidates for 9 seats)

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Lawrence Adkins
Lawrence Adkins

45 Hayes St., 02139
Leland Cheung
Leland Cheung

101 Hampshire St., 02139
ELECTED
Henrietta Davis
Henrietta Davis

120 Chestnut St., 02139
ELECTED
Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan

21 Brookline St. #209, 02139
Silvia Glick
Silvia P. Glick

188 Auburn St., 02139
Craig Kelley
Craig Kelley

6 St. Gerard Terr., 02140
ELECTED
Neal Leavitt
Neal Leavitt

36 Highland Ave., 02139
David Maher
David Maher

120 Appleton St., 02138
ELECTED
Charles Marquardt
Charles Marquardt

10 Rogers St. #1120, 02142
Gregg Moree
Gregg Moree

25 Fairfield St., 02140
Kathy Podgers
Kathy Podgers

148 Pearl St., 02139
Ken Reeves
Kenneth E. Reeves

340 Harvard St., 02139
ELECTED
Sam Seidel
Sam Seidel

48 Maple Ave., 02139
ELECTED
Denise Simmons
Denise Simmons

188 Harvard St., 02139
ELECTED
Tom Stohlman
Tom Stohlman

19 Channing St., 02138
Edward Sullivan
Edward J. Sullivan

40 Ellery St., 02138
Tim Toomey
Tim Toomey

88 Sixth St., 02141
ELECTED
Minka vanBeuzekom
Minka vanBeuzekom

20 Essex St., 02139
Larry Ward
Larry Ward

372 Broadway, 02139
James Williamson
James Williamson

1000 Jackson Pl., 02140
Write-in
Candidates:
Marjorie Decker
Marjorie Decker

61 Walden St., 02140
ELECTED
     

Candidates for Cambridge School Committee (9 candidates for 6 seats)

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Fred Fantini
Fred Fantini

4 Canal Park, 02141
ELECTED
Joe Grassi
Joseph Grassi

393 Cambridge St., 02141
Richard Harding
Richard Harding

187 Windsor St., 02139
ELECTED
Marc McGovern
Marc McGovern

15 Pleasant St., 02139
ELECTED
Patty Nolan
Patty Nolan

184 Huron Ave., 02138
ELECTED
Charles Stead
Charles Stead, Sr.

598 Putnam Ave., 02139
Alan Steinert, Jr.
Alan Steinert, Jr.

993 Memorial Drive, 02138
Nancy Tauber
Nancy Tauber

137 Chestnut St., 02139
ELECTED
Alice Turkel
Alice Turkel

12 Upton St., 02139
ELECTED
 

Voting by Proportional Representation (PDF derived from official City brochure)

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Supplemental notes on the Cambridge PR elections

An example - 2003 City Council election graphs round-by-round (PDF)

2009 Municipal Election Calendar
[Official Calendar]

Mon, Oct 26: 5:00pm deadline for School Committee candidates and Political Committees to file Municipal Campaign & Political Finance Reports. (City Council candidates should consult their OCPF packets regarding depository-filing requirements). City Council candidates are required under state law to set up a depository account at a bank. The bank will report all deposits and expenditures directly to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). School Committee candidates are not required to set up a depository account, but they must file a campaign finance report in mid-October and at the end of the year. Fees charged by local banks vary greatly - from no fees and interest-bearing accounts to fees charged every two weeks. Shopping around is advised.

Fri, Oct 30: Election Commission office will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.

Sat, Oct 31: Election Commission office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting (based on what occurred in 2007).

Mon, Nov 2: Noontime deadline to apply for absentee ballot, either for mail-in or over-the-counter voting.

Tues, Nov 3: Municipal Election. Polls are open 7:00am until 8:00pm. All absentee ballots must arrive at the Election Commission office by 8:00pm to be counted. Overseas Absentee Ballots are due by 5:00pm on Fri, Nov 13, but must be postmarked by Tues, Nov 3.

Ballot count begins at the Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., Central Square after the polls close. It is expected that the Election Commission will report preliminary election results Tuesday evening, but this tally does not include write-in ballots and other ballots not yet counted for a variety of reasons.

Wed, Nov 4: 9am-5pm. Ballot count resumes at Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., Central Square. The entire process is usually complete by early evening and the unofficial election results will be announced upon completion.

Fri, Nov 13: Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted on Fri, Nov 13 at 5:00pm. Federal law requires an additional ten days after Election Day to allow for any overseas military absentee ballots to arrive, and the final official election results will be announced then. [There were no such ballots in the 2005 or the 2007 election.]

The Election Commission Office is open Mon, 8:30am-8:00pm; Tues-Thurs, 8:30am-5:00pm; and Fri, 8:30am-Noon (except for July 3, July 6, Sept 7, and Oct 12 holidays).

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