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Derek Kopon

He/Him

Currently
Astrophysicist/ Research Staff
Election history
1st time running

More about Derek Kopon

Derek Kopon is an astrophysicist and engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and holds degrees in the fields of physics, astronomy, and engineering.

He first lived in Cambridge from 2002-2007, moving away to continue his education.

He moved back to Cambridge in 2015, purchasing his home in July.

Incumbent
No
Education
PhD in Astronomy
Age
39 years, 2 months
Born in 1980
Voter Registration
July 24, 2005

Where does Derek live?

Address
Owns at 8 Wright St. #2 Cambridge, MA 02138
Valued at approx. $1,160,700
Last sold July 13, 2015 for $917,000
inflation adjusted approx. $984,200

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.

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

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

for the past 10 years, we have been living through the most extreme global experiment in central bank monetary policy in the history of civilization

Derek Kopon

And I see patterns that are very concerning to me: I see candidates taking money from corporations that are outside of Cambridge and then requesting zoning relief, I see cannabis companies trying to put recreational cannabis stores very close to schools, right near residential neighborhoods, right next to daycare centers, and then I see city councilors who are accepting money form cannabis lawyers, voting for zoning that decreases the buffer zone to those schools.

I think all of us should be very concerned that our government is not representing the interests of the residents of this city.

Derek Kopon, CCTV

And I believe that all of these big developments, the ones out by Alewife, the big ones in Kendall Square, they should all have solar energy on the top and they should all be net-zero.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Look to Woo Harvard Students

"I’m probably one of the candidates who has the closest relationship with Harvard undergraduates or insight into their lives," he said. "I work on Harvard's campus, I share an office with Harvard undergraduates; I understand the specific problems that Harvard undergraduates face."

Oct. 4, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Look to Woo Harvard Students

"I’m probably one of the candidates who has the closest relationship with Harvard undergraduates or insight into their lives," he said. "I work on Harvard's campus, I share an office with Harvard undergraduates; I understand the specific problems that Harvard undergraduates face."

Oct. 4, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$903
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
$2,808
Raised in 2019
$1,906
Spent in 2019