MIT alumnus David Hoicka ’77 has made rent control the centerpiece of his council campaign.
On rent control --
“If you’re a student in Cambridge, you should be really concerned about how much you pay for rent here ... I think rent control is a major issue, because it affects one-third to one-half of everybody’s income around here.”
Hoicka was involved in fighting for the CCURE ballot initiative effort which would have attempted to bring rent control back to Cambridge.
On student apathy --
“Students today don’t even vote. And students who don’t
vote don’t count.”
As a student during the civil disobedience of the Vietnam war era, Hoicka said that students’ interest in politics was far less now than during his time at MIT.
On universities --
“We have these two institutions, MIT and Harvard, who are large gated communities separated from the rest of this city”
Representing the diverse groups of university students and long time residents is a problem to be addressed by the council, Hoicka said.