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2013 City Council Campaign
It's not yet final, but it looks like (based on preliminary results) I got on, along with both Dennises (what is the plural of Dennis?), Nadeem, Marc, Leland, David, Tim and Denise. Thanks to all who helped make it happen and congratulations to everyone who made Quota and my best wishes to those who ran but did not make Quota. Democracy only works when people are willing to run, so thanks to everyone who participated!
Special thanks to my wife, Hope, for all of her hard work on the logistical side of thing, without whom no signs would have gone up and no fliers would have been distributed. Thanks also to my Campaign Manager, CRLS sophomore Will MacArthur, for making sure I stayed on task. Without his pushing me along, I 'd still be telling people about my bike trip to Erie.
And a huge thanks to the hundreds of people who donated money, took signs, passed out fliers, held signs, talked me up to their friends and did all those other things that showed that, as I like to say, friends and neighbors speak louder than money.
Thanks so much.
I've been a City Councilor for almost eight years and they have been great years. With the help of local residents, City staff, fellow Councilors, my family and others, I've worked to make Cambridge a healthier, more sustainable place for all of us. If elections are a referendum on how well one is doing as an elected official, I am excited that my campaign costs have dropped from over $40,000 in 2005 to below $10,000 in 2009 to just over $6,000 in 2011 while my incumbent peers have continued to outspend me by forty, fifty, sixty thousand dollars or more. I hope to continue that trend in this campaign — I would like to, once again, spend less than $10,000 and get even more #1 votes than I did last time. With your help, this will happen.
In the current term, I have continued to focus on:
You will get a good idea of what I've been doing and what I believe in by spending some time on my website and reading some of the letters and emails I've written over the years, as well as viewing the reports of the various Committee meetings I've chaired.
Over the years, the City has made progress on the issues I care about, but there is much more to do. The Department of Public Works (DPW) needs to focus still more efforts on marking and fixing sidewalk and street hazards, the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) should expand its traffic enforcement efforts and invite the public to become true partners in street safety by making public enforcement numbers, the Cambridge Public School Department (CPS) needs to devote more resources to address school climate issues and the City as a whole needs to develop a sustainable growth strategy that balances quality of life issues with the need to maintain a healthy tax base.
While the Cambridge economy is currently booming, our current and future fiscal positions pose significant challenges to maintaining the level of services and capital investment we have become used to. In an effort to model fiscal restraint, and to free up money for more worthwhile programs, I have declined the City-funded personal assistant and consistently use a fraction of my allotted travel and training funds. Councilors, I feel, should show that we can do more with less, just as we're asking the rest of the City to do.
Beyond modeling what I think good government represents, in my fifth term, I will:
I ask for your support and your NUMBER 1 VOTE once more this November 5th. It won't be an easy race, but by working together we can make sure that the things we care about continue to have a passionate advocate at City Hall.
Sincerely, Craig A. Kelley, Cambridge City Council
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