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Cambridge Candidate Pages 2011

Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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 is Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Where do I vote?

Candidates for Cambridge City Council (18 candidates for 9 seats)

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Leland Cheung
Leland Cheung

157 Garden St., 02138
Henrietta Davis
Henrietta Davis

120 Chestnut St., 02139
Marjorie Decker
Marjorie C. Decker

61 Walden St., 02140
Craig Kelley
Craig A. Kelley

6 St. Gerard Terr., 02140
David Maher
David P. Maher

120 Appleton St., 02138
Charles Marquardt
Charles J. Marquardt

10 Rogers St. #1120, 02142
Gary Mello
Gary W. Mello

324 Franklin St., 02139
Gregg Moree
Gregg J. Moree

25 Fairfield St., 02140
Matt Nelson
Matt P. Nelson

108 Pine St., 02139
Jamake Pascual
Jamake Pascual

10 Laurel St. #5, 02139
Ken Reeves
Kenneth E. Reeves

340 Harvard St., 02139
Sam Seidel
Sam Seidel

48 Maple Ave., 02139
Denise Simmons
E. Denise Simmons

188 Harvard St., 02139
Tom Stohlman
Thomas J. Stohlman, Jr.

19 Channing St., 02138
Tim Toomey
Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

88 Sixth St., 02141

Minka vanBeuzekom
Minka Y. vanBeuzekom

20 Essex St., 02139

Larry Ward
Larry W. Ward

372A Broadway, 02139

James Williamson
James M. Williamson

1000 Jackson Place, 02140

Candidates for Cambridge School Committee (11 candidates for 6 seats)
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Fred Fantini
Alfred B. Fantini

4 Canal Park, 02141
Bill Forster
Bill Forster

244 Lexington Ave., 02138
Joyce Gerber
Joyce C. Gerber

10 Fairfield St., 02140
Richard Harding
Richard Harding, Jr.

187 Windsor St., 02139
John Holland
John J. Holland

26 Normandy Terr., 02138
Marc McGovern
Marc C. McGovern

15 Pleasant St., 02139
Patty Nolan
Patricia M. Nolan

184 Huron Ave., 02138
Mervan Osborne
Mervan F. Osborne

149 Auburn St., 02139
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Charles Lewis Stead, Sr.

598 Putnam Ave., 02139

Nancy Tauber
Nancy Tauber

137 Chestnut St., 02139

Alice Turkel
Alice L. Turkel

12 Upton St., 02139

Official List of Candidates for the 2011 Cambridge Municipal Election (PDF, Aug 18 press release)

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

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

Voting by Proportional Representation (Flash version derived from official City brochure - click or grab corner to turn page)

Voting by Proportional Representation (rescaled Flash version derived from official City brochure - click or grab corner to turn page)

Supplemental notes on the Cambridge PR elections

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

2011 Cambridge Municipal Election Calendar (and advice for candidates)

Fri, July 1:

Municipal Election Nomination Papers available at Election Commission office, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Nomination papers will be available through the Aug 1 submission deadline, but it is advisable that a candidate pick up papers early and get started collecting signatures. The process is an excellent way for a new candidates to "get their feet wet" and acclimate to the process of asking for support. ALL pages of your nomination papers must be notarized and there are a total of three sheets. You will also want to get a current database of registered voters. This is available from the Election Commission free of charge to any candidate who has pulled nomination papers. Voter history files and the street listing are also available. If you are a legitimate candidate and want a merged file showing all currently registered Cambridge voters with their ten year voting history in Cambridge elections (if they voted - not who they voted for!!), you can request it from me free of charge.

Mon, Aug 1:

5:00pm deadline to submit nomination papers & statements of financial interest for candidates.

A minimum of 50 valid signatures must be filed and a candidate may submit up to 100 signatures. Once a voter's signature has been recorded for a particular candidate, it cannot be used for another candidate in the same race. That is, a voter should sign for exactly one candidate for City Council and one candidate for School Committee. Candidates should submit as many signatures as possible over the minimum of 50 because it is very likely that some signatures will not be certified. It is advisable that all signatures be checked against the voter registration list before submitting them. Candidates do not have to submit all their signatures at one time, and it is advisable that signatures be submitted as each sheet becomes full. The Election Commission staff traditionally checks signatures soon after they are submitted, so it is possible to know how many signatures have been tentatively certified in case it is necessary to obtain more signatures to reach the minimum of 50 certified signatures. Actual certification is only official when the Election Commission votes to approve them.

Mon, Aug 15: 5:00pm deadline for Election Commission to certify signatures on nomination papers.
Wed, Aug 17: 5:00pm deadline for municipal candidates to file withdrawal of nomination.
Wed, Oct 19: 8:00pm deadline to register to vote in municipal election. In person registration hours are 8:30am to 8:00pm at Election Commission office only. (Mail in registration must be postmarked by Oct 19).
Mon, Oct 31:

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.

Fri, Nov 4: Election Commission will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Sat, Nov 5: Election Commission office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.
Mon, Nov 7: Noontime (12:00pm) deadline to apply for absentee ballot, either for mail-in or over-the-counter voting.
Tues, Nov 8:

Municipal Election. Polls are open 7:00am until 8:00pm.
All absentee ballots (except Overseas Absentee Ballots) must arrive at the Election Commission office by 8:00pm to be counted. Ballot count begins at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square after the polls close. Overseas Absentee Ballots are due by 5:00pm on Friday, November 18th, but must be postmarked by November 8th.

Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted on Friday, November 18th at 5:00pm.

It is expected that the Election Commission will report preliminary election results Tuesday evening (Nov 8), but this tally does not include auxiliary ballots (write-in ballots and other ballots not yet counted for a variety of reasons). These will be scanned and tabulated on Wednesday. Unofficial election results are expected to be announced on Wednesday when all of the auxiliary ballots have been included. The official election results will not be complete until any overseas absentee ballots and provisional ballots have been included on Friday, November 18.

Wed, Nov 9: 9:00am-5:00pm. Ballot count resumes at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square.
Fri, Nov 18: Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted at 5:00pm.
Regular Election Commission Office Hours: (Unless otherwise indicated)  
Mondays: 8:30am to 8:00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am to Noon
Holidays: The Election Commission will be closed for the following holidays:
Independence Day - Monday, July 4th
Labor Day - Monday, September 5th
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10th

Printable copy of 2011 Municipal Election Calendar

Cambridge Civic Journal

CCJ Forum

CCTV candidate videos

Candidate Grid in
The Tech (MIT)

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