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Jim Braude

Jim Braude

CCA endorsee James Braude’s campaign supports changing to a democratically elected “strong mayor” system of government in Cambridge.

On the city manager --

“Democracy is the cure for what ails a cynical electorate in Cambridge.”

Braude hopes that a move to a directly elected mayor would help citizens petition city government more effectively and preclude perceived cynicism among the electorate.

On Universities --

“Both Harvard and MIT should see themselves as far more citizens of Cambridge and far less citizens of the world.”

Universities have the responsibility to do more to aid the city. He points out that Harvard’s endowment earns each day in interest the same amount that Cambridge spends on affordable housing in a year.

On affordable housing --

“The ultimate solution [to the problem of affordable housing] is a far greater government mandate.”

Braude, a rent control advocate, suggests funding affordable housing through broadbased taxes.