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John Pitkin

He/Him

Currently
Retired
Election history
3rd time running

More about John Pitkin

Now retired, John Pitkin has lived in Cambridge since 1970; he purchased his house in 1973. Before his retirement, he was a self-employed demographics consultant.

He has been involved in Cambridge politics for many years, serving on boards, forums, neighborhood associations, and in advocacy groups. Many of these are climate-oriented, such as Green Cambridge and the Sierra Club. He has also been a staunch opponent to development, petitioning for citywide downzoning in the late 1990s and, more recently, trying to stop the Inman Square redesign.

He previously ran for city council in 2001 and 2003.

Incumbent
No
Age
75 years, 6 months
Born in 1944
Voter Registration
March 27, 1980

Where does John live?

Address
Owns at 18 Fayette St. Cambridge, MA 02139
Valued at approx. $930,000
Last sold Aug. 31, 1973

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.

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

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

If you had asked me [...] if I would run for city council again I would have suggested you get your head examined. So what happened? [...] The answer has to with what's been happening in my neighborhood of Inman Square [...] as a result of another traffic engineer scheme not of the same scale as the inner belt but one that was entirely determined by a city's traffic engineer.

John Pitkin

I've been very impressed with his capacity to bring people together, in fact, he was the organizing principal behind the city wide forum on climate change that was held a few years ago with experts coming in from all over and explaining whats about to happen.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing at Public Forum

Three candidates — John Pitkin, Sukia Akiba, and Ilan Levy — and Councilor Dennis J. Carlone failed to complete the mandatory questionnaire and were not invited to the forum. Councilor Timothy J. Toomey was invited, but did not participate.

Pitkin said he did not agree with their decision to keep him from the forum.

"I shouldn't have to answer their questions in order to participate in a public forum. That's odd," he said.

Nov. 12, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem
The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing at Public Forum

Three candidates — John Pitkin, Sukia Akiba, and Ilan Levy — and Councilor Dennis J. Carlone failed to complete the mandatory questionnaire and were not invited to the forum. Councilor Timothy J. Toomey was invited, but did not participate.

Pitkin said he did not agree with their decision to keep him from the forum.

"I shouldn't have to answer their questions in order to participate in a public forum. That's odd," he said.

Nov. 12, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem
The Harvard Crimson World's School, Bad Neighbor

Paradoxically, a “better” university does not make a better neighbor but a more problematic and, in many respects, a worse one. Right now, the road ahead for Harvard and Cambridge looks rough, with or without a tunnel under it.

May 6, 2002 — John Pitkin
The Harvard Crimson World's School, Bad Neighbor

Paradoxically, a “better” university does not make a better neighbor but a more problematic and, in many respects, a worse one. Right now, the road ahead for Harvard and Cambridge looks rough, with or without a tunnel under it.

May 6, 2002 — John Pitkin

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$7,250
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
$9,468
Raised in 2019
$2,218
Spent in 2019