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Ben Simon

He/Him

Currently
Musician, private after-school teacher (Lincoln Extended Day)
Election history
1st time running

More about Ben Simon

Ben identifies himself as a Marxist/Socialist and advocates for treating housing as a human right. His goals as a City Councilor include filing a home rule petition with the state, asking to re-establish rent control in Cambridge, and replacing the housing market with social housing programs that mirror Vienna.

Ben is a musician in a rock group that practiced in the EMF building and helped organize protests against its conversion into office space. He has also served on the Mayor's Arts Task Force.

He moved back to Cambridge in 2004.

Incumbent
No
Age
34 years, 11 months
Born in 1984
Voter Registration
Jan. 26, 2016

Where does Ben live?

Address
Rents at 67 Bishop Allen Dr #2 Cambridge, MA 02139

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Our Revolution 2019

Our revolution supports a new generation of progressive leaders across the US.

Our Revolution 2019

Our revolution supports a new generation of progressive leaders across the US.

ABC Candidate 2019 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

ABC Candidate 2019 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

Harvard Grad Student Union Guide

The Harvard Graduate Student Union-UAW's guide to municipal elections in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston for City Council and Somerville Mayor.

Harvard Grad Student Union Guide

The Harvard Graduate Student Union-UAW's guide to municipal elections in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston for City Council and Somerville Mayor.

Quotes

It kind of unnerves me and makes me a little upset when I hear people talk about how inclusive Cambridge is, when they talk about how welcome they feel, because honestly, this is my home, a place I grew up, and I don't feel welcome here.

Ben Simon, ABC Forum

This overlay thing that you guys are so fucking excited about, it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the displacement of some of the polices you are encouraging, like market-rate housing.

Ben Simon, ABC Forum

A private owner's right to maximally profit from their property should not trump a community's right to self-determination. This is why I ask the city consider taking the EMF building by eminent domain so it can continue to support the artist community here.

Press

Articles about the candidate

DigBoston Cambridge Artists Fighting Back Against Displacement

... democratic socialist city council candidate Ben Simon of the Cambridge Artist Coalition… who was slated to review the failed fight to save the EMF building, but mainly focused on the uphill battle artists face when trying to push back against capitalist landlords and real estate developers.

Oct. 16, 2019 — Jason Pramas
DigBoston Cambridge Artists Fighting Back Against Displacement

... democratic socialist city council candidate Ben Simon of the Cambridge Artist Coalition… who was slated to review the failed fight to save the EMF building, but mainly focused on the uphill battle artists face when trying to push back against capitalist landlords and real estate developers.

Oct. 16, 2019 — Jason Pramas

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$4,628
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
$11,447
Raised in 2019
$6,820
Spent in 2019