In addition endorsements from the Cambridge Residents Alliance and the Ward 6 Progressive Democrats, this evening Cambridge Day posted a ringing endorsement of Mike's candidacy:
If there is any challenger this year experienced enough and worthy of winning a council seat, it is Connolly, a lawyer and citizen activist who has already seen significant success from his organizing. So has the city, actually – it was Connolly who got the city’s net zero carbon emissions plan started, overcoming significant opposition and winning a true government process leading to implementation of efforts that will contribute to the global fight against disastrous climate change.
As a legislative aide to councillor Dennis Carlone, he has contributed significantly to driving the city’s agenda not just on net zero emissions, but on such issues as launching a citywide development master plan, getting improvements to Planning Board processes and raising the linkage fees charged to large real estate developers after the council had let the fee limp on far below market rates for more than a decade. It was his work that pointed out how far ahead Cambridge is on building the residential units called for by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and on the campaign trail he and former councillor Minka vanBeuzekom have driven new conversation about getting Cambridge a condo conversion fee that will give renters some protection if landlords opt to go the condominium route.
He has also been instrumental in focusing attention on the city’s missing Woodworth study, which could have added context to the conversation over the Normandy/Twining zoning granted in Central Square this year, but now will likely be an important component of conversation about the master plan guiding the city over the next two decades.
To read Mike's full profile, click here: http://www.cambridgeday.com/2015/11/02/mike-connolly-for-city-council-2015/.
And to read a preview of the election and full profiles on each of the candidates, click here: http://www.cambridgeday.com/2015/11/02/your-truly-last-minute-look-at-candidates-running-for-city-council-in-tuesday-voting/
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