Hi, my name is Mike Connolly. Last fall I ran as the "Progressive Independent" candidate for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville.
Thank you to everyone who got involved with that campaign! It was a lot of fun. We earned a final total of 4,010 votes — and we did it without accepting any financial contributions. Here are just a few of the highlights from: the Boston Phoenix, Cambridge Day, Cambridge Chronicle, Noam Chomsky, and Lawrence Lessig.
Theses days, I am focused on working to sustain a livable Cambridge.
As a city, we have an abundance of wealth, but too often, I feel like we could be doing so much more with our collective resources. I'm interested in affordable housing, open space, and the repeal of Plan E.
Over the past few months, I've been attending city council meetings, planning board meetings, various committee and organization meetings, and I'm also having one-on-one conversations with people all over town.
I recently published an essay in Cambridge Day about the problems with the MIT Kendall Square "upzoning" petition, and versions of that column were picked up in The Tech and the Cambridge Chronicle. I am also busy collecting signatures to advocate for graduate student housing at MIT.
In addition, I am in the process of constructing a new website for my friends in the Cambridge Residents Alliance, and I am happy to report that I was recently elected Secretary of the Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods.
Finally, I am working with Progressive Massachusetts, the Cambridge Democratic City Committee, and Cambridge-Somerville for Change to help Ed Markey win the Democratic primary for US Senate. Plus, I am supporting Jay Livingstone in his run to replace Marty Walz in the 8th Suffolk House race.
Anyways, much of this website has not been updated since last fall.
In the coming weeks and months, I hope to update these pages to reflect everything that's happening right now. It's a very busy year in the city of Cambridge!
And at the end of the day, I remain committed to building a network of people who are interested in setting a better example for our democracy.
Will you chip in $0.00 to help our cause?