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In 2005, as a new parent of children in the Cambridge schools, I decided to get involved in the City. Now, after 14 years on School Committee and an active citizen of Cambridge, I’m bringing to City Council the same transparency, committment to diverse stakeholders, and critical thinking that has led thousands of Cantabridgians (even folks who disagree with me at times) to support me with their #1 vote

2019 Campaign Announcement

On the Issues

One of Cambridge’s greatest strengths is our city’s resources and collective intelligence, which leads our leaders to develop plans, conduct surveys, hire consultants, and produce reports. Too often those plans, surveys, and reports are not used in a comprehensive, coordinated way to ensure that goals are met, progress is made and effective solutions implemented.  Learn More
Nothing else will matter if the planet continues on the current path of truly unsustainable growth. Like most issues, Cambridge cannot solve the problem on its own, and yet we can be more of a leader in reducing emissions, trying new solutions and providing example other cities can follow.  Learn More

Cambridge is made up of neighborhoods and our city thrives when people feel respected, their input is honored and they have a say in changes. We rely on neighborliness to keep the spirit of openness alive – we must foster groups working together and encourage connections.  Learn More

This priority area has many prongs – to be a livable welcoming city requires a focus on the arts, on inclusion, on respecting diversity, on accessible affordable public transit, on supporting multi-modal forms of transit, and on sustainable development.   Learn More

Everyone knows there is a crisis of affordable housing – and the city is becoming very unequal – where only very wealthy people can afford to buy or increasingly rent, unless a family or person qualifies for subsidized rents. Progress has been made – inclusionary zoning percent increase, higher linkage fees and section 8 rent changes based on zip codes have all led to more units being affordable. We must thoughtfully assess proposals to increase low and moderate income housing in the city in the most effective way possible.  Learn More

On School Committee I was a passionate effective advocate for higher expectations, bold goals, engaged classrooms and more programs like Montessori and bilingual immersion that close achievement gaps and are highly desirable by families. City Council role in education is around buildings – where we need to build more schools – and expanding preschools, afterschools and summer program with an eye on quality and joy.  Learn More

Leadership requires clearly stating values and leading with them. I believe that Cambridge can and should divest all funds in its control from fossil fuels, for-profit prisons, and manufacturers of opioids and guns.  Learn More

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Committee to Elect Patty Nolan
184 Huron Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138
Phone (voice & fax): 617-661-0729
Patty Nolan:
Trish Marti, Manager:
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