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Ilan Levy

He/Him

Currently
Software Developer
Election history
4th time running

More about Ilan Levy

Ilan Levy has been in Cambridge for 14 years. He has been active in the local political scene, such as blogging at CCTV. He writes that an arrest protesting for Michael Brown and Eric Garner prompted him to get US citizenship in 2015.

Ilan Levy is critical of the Plan E form of government that Cambridge operates under, and supports moving to a "strong mayor" form of municipal government (more like Boston).

Professionally, Ilan Levy is a software developer. He is the founder and CEO of VibeChain, a music sharing platform.

He also ran for City Council in 2015, 2017, and 2019. In 2015, he was eliminated in the 8th round with 182 votes. In 2017, he was eliminated in the 10th count with 276 total votes.

Incumbent
No
Education
Boston University BE
Age
54 years, 1 month
Born in 1967
Voter Registration
July 13, 2015

Where does Ilan live?

Address
Owns at 148 Spring Street, 02141
Valued at approx. $1,320,000
Last sold Aug. 14, 2003 for $410,000
inflation adjusted approx. $548,190

What are their housing positions?

Local Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

Plan E is the root of fundamental problems, procedural and political, in our city. We need a charter change.

Ilan Levy, Ilan Levy, candidate for City Council today, calls Plan E root of fundamental problems

The biggest issue facing Cambridge is its form of government. I think that before we resolve the issue of how we govern ourselves, we cannot address the big issues that are facing Cambridge and cannot implement them in the current system of charter planning.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Ilan Levy Focuses on Engagement, Interdependence in Fourth Council Run

"In Amish society, if a house burns down, the community gets together to rebuild it. In ours, we call an anonymous insurer," Levy said in a video posted to his campaign website. "We have forgotten our interdependence. We have forgotten our community."

Levy, who did not respond to a request for an interview, wrote on his website that he wants to use the 2021 election to launch an "Encyclopedia of Nonsense, a repository of imaginary solutions for the future of our cities."

Oct. 29, 2021 — Marina Qu, Monique I. Vobecky
The Harvard Crimson Ilan Levy Focuses on Engagement, Interdependence in Fourth Council Run

"In Amish society, if a house burns down, the community gets together to rebuild it. In ours, we call an anonymous insurer," Levy said in a video posted to his campaign website. "We have forgotten our interdependence. We have forgotten our community."

Levy, who did not respond to a request for an interview, wrote on his website that he wants to use the 2021 election to launch an "Encyclopedia of Nonsense, a repository of imaginary solutions for the future of our cities."

Oct. 29, 2021 — Marina Qu, Monique I. Vobecky
The Harvard Crimson Ilan Levy (Profile)

The biggest issue facing Cambridge is its form of government. I think that before we resolve the issue of how we govern ourselves, we cannot address the big issues that are facing Cambridge and cannot implement them in the current system of charter planning.

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Marijuana is a fairly benign drug in all contexts. I think that we should obviously have the same regulation—nothing less—than what we do for alcohol, but I have a tendency to not understand why we are so much stricter on the topic of marijuana, when we allow alcohol to be sold and tobacco to be sold so freely, and they have caused much much more damage than other recreational drugs.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Ruth Hailu
The Harvard Crimson Ilan Levy (Profile)

The biggest issue facing Cambridge is its form of government. I think that before we resolve the issue of how we govern ourselves, we cannot address the big issues that are facing Cambridge and cannot implement them in the current system of charter planning.

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Marijuana is a fairly benign drug in all contexts. I think that we should obviously have the same regulation—nothing less—than what we do for alcohol, but I have a tendency to not understand why we are so much stricter on the topic of marijuana, when we allow alcohol to be sold and tobacco to be sold so freely, and they have caused much much more damage than other recreational drugs.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Ruth Hailu
Cambridge Day Ilan Levy, candidate for City Council today, calls Plan E root of fundamental problems

Plan E is the root of fundamental problems, procedural and political, in our city. We need a charter change.

Nov. 3, 2015 — Ilan Levy
Cambridge Day Ilan Levy, candidate for City Council today, calls Plan E root of fundamental problems

Plan E is the root of fundamental problems, procedural and political, in our city. We need a charter change.

Nov. 3, 2015 — Ilan Levy

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$4
Current balance
$4
Balance at the start of 2021
$0
Raised in 2021
$0
Spent in 2021