Political reform begins here and now!

Change can and is happening. The way forward is to begin with local reform and then influence upward. In Cambridge several things can be done:

- Publicly funded local elections.

- Enact term limits for elected positions.

- Prohibit fund raising by Councilors during city hall office hours.

- Require an extended cool off period to a lobbying firm/developer.

- Actively pressure MA for automatic registration with RMV.

- Mandate landlords give new renters voter registration applications.

Aug 7, 2017

Local Cambridge residents were dealt a setback in our fight for campaign finance reform on August 7​​​​​​th during the City Council meeting. 10 local residents came to voice support of the measure, which would have allowed a ballot question this November to allow the public to decide whether campaign finance reform is important. Unfortunately Councilor Leland Cheung used his charter right which will push the decision past the deadline needed to be on the ballot. Several Councilors spoke with tentative support, Jan Devereux came out with strong support and Nadeem Mazen tried to argue for a special meeting to save the ballot question but to no avail.

This is only a temporary delay, I have the utmost confidence we will succeed.​​
Link to Cambridge Day article
Cambridge Day: "Cheung takes offense to election reform..."
CRRE Letter to the editor:

On Aug. 7, the Cambridge City Council will discuss putting a question on this November’s election ballot, asking voters if they are in favor of adopting a publicly financed election program.

The agenda item has been added thanks to the efforts of an independent group of local citizens, called Cambridge Residents for Responsible Elections (CRRE; www.crre.us). CRRE is pushing to bring campaign finance reform to the City of Cambridge.

Today 13 states provide some form of public funding for campaigns in return for following certain rules such as only accepting small donations. In addition, cities such as New Haven, Berkeley, Seattle, and New York have successfully adopted similar programs. These efforts have reduced special-interest money injected into campaigns, improved civic engagement, and increased the perception that local legislators are working for the people, not for special interests.

It should be up to Cambridge voters whether we have publicly financed elections in our city. Join us at 5:30pm on Aug. 7 to ask our Councillors to put the issue on this November’s ballot and let the people decide.