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Charles J Franklin

He/Him

Currently
Software Developer (Akamai)
Election history
1st time running

More about Charles J Franklin

Charles Franklin is an MIT-educated software developer who helped found the local advocacy organizations Upgrade Cambridge and Green Cambridge.

Charles wants Cambridge to add high-quality, affordable housing that enjoys the presence of trees, is prepared for the changing climate, and doesn't worsen the urban heat island. In addition to renter protections, Charles supports increased home ownership.

While Charles does not support the Affordable Housing Overlay, he has developed an alternative zoning plan that aims to be more consistent with the character of individual neighborhoods and increase greenery while incentivizing affordable housing development.

Incumbent
No
Education
MIT
Age
27 years, 5 months
Born in 1992
Voter Registration
Dec. 2, 2016

Where does Charles live?

Address
Owns at 162 Hampshire St. 1R Cambridge, MA 02139
Valued at approx. $773,000
Last sold Dec. 18, 2015 for $534,000
inflation adjusted approx. $580,000

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2019

A pledge to rapidly implement protected bicycle lanes

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2019

A pledge to rapidly implement protected bicycle lanes

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.

Vision Zero Coalition 2019

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

Vision Zero Coalition 2019

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

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

... our city manager often if not too often does not take action or stand up to the plate when he should and our city council too frequently does not hold him accountable.

Charles J Franklin, CCTV

The tech boom in Kendall Square has drawn a lot of highly paid workers to the city who wish to live near by. The production of luxury apartments signals to other developers that they can make money by building more of the same. Perhaps the most insidious cause is speculative investment in land. There are many units that are owned by foreign investors who don’t care about the community.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson As Cambridge’s Municipal Election Approaches, A Look at the Candidates and Issues

“I want to use my skills and my knowledge and my ability to talk to people, my willingness to hear what they need, to try and help the underserved the voices that aren't being heard,” Franklin said.

Sept. 5, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Katelyn X. Li
The Harvard Crimson As Cambridge’s Municipal Election Approaches, A Look at the Candidates and Issues

“I want to use my skills and my knowledge and my ability to talk to people, my willingness to hear what they need, to try and help the underserved the voices that aren't being heard,” Franklin said.

Sept. 5, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Katelyn X. Li

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$5,846
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
$23,700
Raised in 2019
$17,854
Spent in 2019