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EDITORIAL

For Cambridge City Council

In recent months, there has been a political awakening among Cambridge’s student population. Many members of this formerly dormant bloc have come to realize the importance of local political affairs. Issues of significance to students such as affordable housing and late-night transportation can be best addressed through the political process.

With this rationale in mind, The Tech is pleased to endorse the following five candidates for Cambridge City Council.

We recommend MIT student Erik C. Snowberg ’99 as students’ number-one choice. Snowberg has been the impetus for students’ increased attention to Cambridge politics, both here at MIT and at Harvard. Snowberg is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between students and residents, and his election to the council would give students a much-needed voice on that body. His strong support for increased affordable housing and late-night transportation services should earn him the support of students.

While Snowberg is a former Tech staffer, we believe this should not be a hindrance to our endorsement of him. Snowberg has immersed himself in the local issues of concern and is one of the more knowledgeable candidates on many issues.

The Tech believes the following four candidates can also contribute positively to Cambridge’s City Council, and we are pleased to extend our endorsements to them as well.

As the current chair of the Council’s Traffic and Transportation Committee, incumbent Henrietta Davis has been instrumental in supporting alternate forms of transportation, such as bicycles and shuttles. She will bring expertise to the discussion of late-night transport.

Kenneth Reeves brings fire and passion to the City Council and deserves reelection as well. Reeves is unafraid to criticize various departments of the city, including the Police Department and Community Development Department, and his scrutiny of city affairs, and the energy of his convictions, is valuable to the city.

Descending from one of Cambridge’s most famous political families, incumbent Michael Sullivan is a voice of moderation and stability on the council. We believe Sullivan will be a center of consensus on issues such as affordable housing and business relations.

Challenger Robert Winters is the candidate most knowledgeable on Cambridge city affairs. Publisher of the Cambridge Civic Journal, Winters cares deeply about the future of Cambridge and is clearly committed to its betterment. As a Harvard lecturer and a former lecturer at MIT, we hope he will also be sensitive to students’ concerns.

In Cambridge’s system of proportional representation, voters rank candidates, indicating a first choice, second choice, third choice, and so forth. Once a candidate achieves the “quota” (the number of votes needed for election), the remaining ballots are distributed according to each voter’s second choice. The process continues, with votes exceeding quota being transferred to each voter’s next preference, until nine candidates are elected.

Most MIT dormitory residents who are registered to vote do so in Kresge Auditorium. Residents of MacGregor House, New House, Next House, Tang, Westgate, and Edgerton House vote at the Lafayette Square Fire Station at Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street. Residents of Random Hall vote at the Salvation Army Headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue. Those who live off-campus may locate their polling place from the Secretary of the Commonwealth at <http://development.ntp.com/cvr/>.

Regardless of whether you agree with our endorsements here, the most important advice we can offer is that you vote if registered to do so. Exercising your right to vote is the best way to make your political opinions known to the leaders of Cambridge.