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Marjorie Decker

Marjorie Decker

A Cambridge native, Decker says that her political experience working under Representative Alice Wolf on issues of housing and development qualify her to pursue those same issues from a council seat.

On affordable housing --

“The universities have a responsibility to plan affordable housing, particularly for their students”

Decker has proposed the formation of a coalition of city councilors, universities, tenants and home owners to formulate solutions to the problems of affordable housing in Cambridge.

On the CCA --

“The stereotype is that if you’re CCA, you’re a liberal from an upperclass background. And that if you’re not, you’re a conservative.”

Decker chose not to seek the endorsement of the powerful Cambridge Civic Association because she hopes to represent a coalition of independent voters and CCA members.

On student apathy --

“Apathy has such a negative connotation ... but usually it’s just the fact that student interests aren’t so local. Getting students involved in local issues is a challenge.”

Universities should become involved in the fight to bring students to the table on local issues, Decker said.