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EDITORIAL

DeBergalis for City Council

For the city council elections on Nov. 4, one candidate in particular has demonstrated that he would serve the students of the Institute with diligence and excellence. The Tech officially endorses Matt DeBergalis ’00 for a position on the Cambridge city council.

From the beginning of his campaign, DeBergalis has shown dedication and respect to the process of democracy. He has spearheaded voter registration drives on campus, which netted over 1,000 new registered voters in Cambridge, and enlightened the student body on the power their vote carries at this level. Cynics may see this as a means to merely obtain votes; rather, DeBergalis’s drive has been largely independent of his election campaign through cooperation with dormitories and community members. For this educational effort alone we would support his candidacy.

The issues controlled by the council that affect MIT are many. The relationship between MIT and Cambridge City Council has been very adversarial; in any sort of negotiation between these two entities, it would benefit both parties to have common connections to the other. DeBergalis would act in an excellent capacity. His platform includes affordable housing for students, not just at MIT, but Harvard and other institutions of higher learning. He is also in favor of extended hours for local businesses and transportation to serve the student population, a population typically ignored by Cambridge government.

MIT alumna Aimee Smith PhD ’02 is also a candidate for city council, running as a member of the Green-Rainbow party. While we do not believe that her platform would best represent the student body of MIT in general, she has proven her dedication to the issues she supports and to the party she represents. She would fight zealously for her issues, the most prominent of which seems to be rent control. There are nine positions open for 20 candidates. Because votes are cast in a preferential manner, one can appropriately rank candidates in the order of support. We strongly recommend that Matt DeBergalis appear as your number one preference on the Nov. 4 ballot as a vote of support for the interests of the MIT community.

For those students who live on campus, the voting location is Kresge Auditorium; for those who live in Random Hall, ADP or WILG, the polls are at the Salvation Army Headquarters. For off-campus voters, check your mail for ward information.

For more information about DeBergalis’s campaign, visit http://deberg.org. For more information about Smith’s campaign, visit http://www.electaimee.org. Information about the election can be found at http://www.cambridgema.gov.