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It's final — I will be back on the City Council for a 7th term starting 1 January, 2018. I can't say enough to thank so many of you for the support you've given me in the past few months. Quotes for my literature, visibility for my signs, time for dropping off flyers, money for printing flyers, actually being in my literature and, of course, your number one votes (and transfers)..... It is all very humbling. I am beyond honored by the trust you put in me. There is a reason I can run a successful campaign for (probably) under $20,000 dollars and you are that reason- your faith in me magnifies the money.

I would like to give a shout out to the competition this year as well. I appreciate the challengers who put their hats into the ring and hope that they stay involved. Politics only works when people decide they want to be politicians. And I look forward to working with those who won to help build our future Cambridge.

Thanks again for everything everyone did for me this election season. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I'm not living up to expectations.


The 2016-2017 Cambridge City Council term has been busy and productive, with many professional and personal rewards. While I’ve accomplished a lot in the past term on the City Council, I need your help to accomplish even more in the next term.

Watch Craig talk about his accomplishments and vision in this November 7, 2017 video, thanks to CCTV

Accomplishments on the City Council, 2016-2017

  • Regulate Short-Term Rentals — an Ordinance that passed
    I worked on an ordinance to make short-term rentals like Airbnb legal, safe and fair.
    This (1) creates a legal framework for short-term room rentals, (2) protects neighborhoods from rental speculators, and (3) preserves long-term rental stock.
  • Limit Fire Risk by Banning Smoking on Construction Sites — an Ordinance that Passed
    In 2017 the Council unanimously passed my Ordinance. All Cambridge is safer as a result.
    Background: two major Cambridge job-site fires were linked to improper handling of smoking material.
  • Combat Running Bamboo, an Invasive Species — an Ordinance that Passed
    The Council unanimously passed my Ordinance requiring property owners to manage running bamboo. Background: A constituent’s property was becoming overrun by a neighbor's bamboo. Climate change is increasing problems with invasive species like bamboo.
  • Improve bicycle safety — working with stakeholders across the City and beyond
    Background: methods include (1) promote street-grade protected bike lanes and (2) analyze details of police traffic citations. The goal is to have a more-effective, data-driven traffic safety program.
  • Chaired the Mayor’s Special Advisory Committee on Neighborhood-Based Resiliency
    Background: I’ve helped explore what makes our neighborhood and our City resilient. And helped develop new ideas and approaches to keep Cambridge viable as a community of innovators and neighbors.

Personal Accomplishments, 2016-2017

  • Sent my eldest son to college. The analytical thinking and social skills he learned in our public schools have helped his success.
  • Watched my younger son transition through Cambridge Rindge and Latin School to become a senior. Studying Arabic, physics, theater and more at CRLS helps him build a base of 21st Century skills.
  • Biked from Houlton, ME to Washington, DC to learn more about our country, its challenges and its opportunities. Along the way, I asked dozens of people what worried them and what made them feel safe. The answers help me understand how Cambridge fits in with the rest of the world.
  • Became a Harvard Research Fellow in Metropolitan Resiliency and Democratic Institutions. I focus on how modern governments can build resiliency and respond to short-term political challenges.

2017 Campaign for City Council

I am eager to bring my experience and education passions to City Hall for another term. My focus will be:

  • Help Cambridge create a better future for all of its residents, with special emphasis on equity, street safety and transparent, inclusive governance.
  • Build a more collaborative City/school relationship.
  • Develop safety programs that reflect address the social and climate change challenges we all face and which we must solve together.

I Need Your Help

Like my last election, I will not succeed without your help. Whether it's hosting a campaign party for me, telling your neighbors and friends why you support me, donating money, putting up a yard sign or helping me knock on doors, this is a campaign I can only win as part of a team.



Craig Kelley with Hope sign


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