Cantabrigians, and others interested in Cambridge and my campaign:
 
I am running for re-election this November!  I love the job, am honored to have it, have been effective, and have played an important role on council.  I want to continue working for the people of Cambridge, and hope to earn a second term. 
 
This past year brought unexpected challenges as Covid19 upended all of our lives.  I was honored to be part of the leadership of the city as we faced the coronavirus pandemic, witnessed an uprising in response to yet more incidents of racism, and acknowledged the fundamental injustice of growing economic inequality. We were able to do a lot to support our community: forestall business closures, avoid evictions, provide help to those in need.  And there is more to be done. Many businesses did not survive, many people are living on the edge, and every single student and their family had a trying, turbulent and difficult year in every educational setting.  As we enter the next phase, we need thoughtful and bold leadership, which I provide.  
 
True to my commitment to voters, this term I was effective by focusing on accountability, using a thoughtful approach to policy-making, and bringing people together.  
 
I am proud that my efforts have led to more meaningful actions to address the climate crisis, an important step toward municipal broadband, providing ways for more neighborhood input, insisting on planning as a prerequisite for development, working on better governance, and always pushing for evidence and data to ensure accountability and transparency.
 
More on the campaign as plans evolve.  I hope you’ll help – and spread the word.  I would love, and need, your support.
 
– Patty
 

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Patty's Priorities

The Coronavirus crisis is the Council’s, and thus my, number one priority right now. My focus is on making sure that we think critically, and from a basis grounded in data and logic, to ensure we make decisions that help protect our citizens’ well-being and our city’s economy. Learn more.

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. Simply put, we need to do a better job of walking our talk about being a progressive and leading city, and our goals now must address the broad cause of social justice and the specific issues raised by Black Lives Matter.  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

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 and to spark engagement.  We must foster groups working together and encourage the connections between people and groups that make for vibrant neighborhoods.  Learn More

This concept includes arts, diversity, effective transportation, sane development, and more. My priorities center on a relentless focus on the arts, inclusion, diversity, accessible affordable public transit, supporting multi-modal forms of transit, and sustainable development.   Learn More

We all know it: There’s a crisis of affordable housing in Cambridge. Only very wealthy people can afford to buy or, increasingly, rent unless they qualify for subsidies. Inclusionary zoning, higher linkage fees, and Section 8 rent changes based on zip codes have led to more units being affordable. But the need, and the complexity of the issues involved, are both tremendous. We must thoughtfully assess new proposals to understand their likely effectiveness and secondary impacts.  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.  Take a look at my candidate endorsements for School Committee and Learn More

Thank You, Cambridge!

I’m so excited about my (solid – 3rd in a field of 22) victory in the Council election. I’m honored. And now, I’ve been sworn in and am hard at work.  I understand that you elected me for my emphasis on: listening to all views; use of sound data, solid analysis; transparency; and collaboration. I continue to be inspired by a wonderful and thought-provoking email I received from a voter that says a lot about what we, as Councilors, need to be doing. Read more hereI’m working hard to represent voters like this one… and you. 

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In 2005, as a new parent of children in the Cambridge schools, I decided to get involved. Now, after 14 years on School Committee, I’m bringing to City Council the same transparency, good governance, commitment to diverse stakeholders, and critical thinking that led me to be an effective and positive leader on School Committee.  It has already been a productive Council session, and I look forward to more good work with my colleagues.

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