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Marc McGovern

He/Him

Currently
City Councillor
Election history
3rd term in (council) office

More about Marc McGovern

Born and raised in Cambridge, Marc McGovern is currently serving his 1st term as mayor.

Previously, he served on the school committee for 4 terms. He was first elected to that office in 2003, and re-elected in 2007, 2009, and 2011. He is also active in the Cambridge Democratic City Committee.

Outside of politics, he is a trained social worker, and when first elected he continued to work part-time as a Clinical Support Social Worker for Farr Academy, a Cambridge school for students grades 7-12 with a range of emotional and learning problems.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
UMass - Boston; Masters of Social Work from Simons
Age
50 years, 11 months
Born in Cambridge in 1968
Voter Registration
Sept. 30, 1994

Where does Marc live?

Address
Lives (unit in a multi-family building, owned by a family trust) at 17 Pleasant Street

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

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

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

I am the only city councillor who has filed major policy initiatives with every other member of the city council. I work with everybody.

Marc McGovern, Multiple, including our 2017 "Differences" Interview

In the midst of a housing crisis, how could I ever vote for shadows and height over the housing needs of the people of this city?

Marc McGovern, ABC Candidate Questionnaire

I live across the street from the needle exchange program in Cambridge. They came in in 1994; my family's been there a lot longer than that. We welcomed them. ...

In my dream of my 7-year-old twins getting off the school bus to come home from school, did it include walking past active heroine users waiting for clean needles? No, that's not how I envisioned my kids' childhood. But you know what? It's a value we believe in.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Debate Climate Change Approach at Forum

Several questions Wednesday evening focused on the role of real estate development in dealing with climate change. Mayor Marc C. McGovern said that when dealing with developers, he wants to make them "scream, but not run away."

Sept. 26, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Michelle G. Kurilla
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Debate Climate Change Approach at Forum

Several questions Wednesday evening focused on the role of real estate development in dealing with climate change. Mayor Marc C. McGovern said that when dealing with developers, he wants to make them "scream, but not run away."

Sept. 26, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Michelle G. Kurilla
The Harvard Crimson McGovern and Simmons Most Favored On Cambridge City Council Per Resident Survey

In a poll of registered voters in Cambridge released Monday, Mayor Marc C. McGovern and City Councilor E. Denise Simmons garnered the highest approval rating among their peers, polling at 42.5 percent and 40.7 percent, respectively.

Sept. 11, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem
The Harvard Crimson McGovern and Simmons Most Favored On Cambridge City Council Per Resident Survey

In a poll of registered voters in Cambridge released Monday, Mayor Marc C. McGovern and City Councilor E. Denise Simmons garnered the highest approval rating among their peers, polling at 42.5 percent and 40.7 percent, respectively.

Sept. 11, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem
The Boston Globe Cambridge passes ‘first-of-its-kind’ law to add protected bike lanes when reconstructing roads

The ordinance was a collaborative effort between City Manager Louis A. DePasquale’s office, Mayor Marc McGovern’s office, and members of Cambridge Bicycle Safety.

April 9, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Boston Globe Cambridge passes ‘first-of-its-kind’ law to add protected bike lanes when reconstructing roads

The ordinance was a collaborative effort between City Manager Louis A. DePasquale’s office, Mayor Marc McGovern’s office, and members of Cambridge Bicycle Safety.

April 9, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Boston Globe Cambridge officials want to add gender-neutral option to birth certificates

A policy order introduced by Mayor Marc McGovern this month, and cosponsored by several city councilors, asks the city solicitor to draft a home-rule petition to send to the state Legislature that would allow people to amend their birth certificates and choose “X” as a gender option.

Jan. 7, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Boston Globe Cambridge officials want to add gender-neutral option to birth certificates

A policy order introduced by Mayor Marc McGovern this month, and cosponsored by several city councilors, asks the city solicitor to draft a home-rule petition to send to the state Legislature that would allow people to amend their birth certificates and choose “X” as a gender option.

Jan. 7, 2019 — Steve Annear
Wicked Local Cambridge Councilors look to address aggressive turkeys in Cambridge

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern also voiced his support for bunnies.

“For the record, I like bunnies,” McGovern said.

Sept. 19, 2017 — Adam Sennott
Wicked Local Cambridge Councilors look to address aggressive turkeys in Cambridge

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern also voiced his support for bunnies.

“For the record, I like bunnies,” McGovern said.

Sept. 19, 2017 — Adam Sennott
The Boston Globe Cambridge bans retail sales of commercially bred pets

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern, who proposed the ban a year ago, pointed out the pet-store chains get most of their revenue from the sales of supplies, care, and training — and not animals. Live animal purchases made up 3 percent of the $67 billion spent on pet-related purchases in 2016 in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Association.

“The pet shop industry cannot and has not been able to weed out bad breeders, and they do business with bad breeders, and I can’t turn a blind eye to that,” McGovern said. “This, to me, comes down to, is Cambridge going to be knowingly part of an industry that mistreats animals, or are we going to say, ‘No, it’s not going to happen here’?”

Aug. 8, 2017 — Katheleen Conti
The Boston Globe Cambridge bans retail sales of commercially bred pets

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern, who proposed the ban a year ago, pointed out the pet-store chains get most of their revenue from the sales of supplies, care, and training — and not animals. Live animal purchases made up 3 percent of the $67 billion spent on pet-related purchases in 2016 in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Association.

“The pet shop industry cannot and has not been able to weed out bad breeders, and they do business with bad breeders, and I can’t turn a blind eye to that,” McGovern said. “This, to me, comes down to, is Cambridge going to be knowingly part of an industry that mistreats animals, or are we going to say, ‘No, it’s not going to happen here’?”

Aug. 8, 2017 — Katheleen Conti
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge to update surveillance law as technologies advance

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern believes the city will be able to come up with an ordinance that is not overbearing and is respectful of privacy concerns.

“I’m confident that with the wisdom that we have in this city that we can come up with something that doesn’t require you to come back to us when you have to change the batteries in the fire detector, but also get to people’s concerns about surveillance,” McGovern said.

McGovern said he understands residents’ concerns about added surveillance.

“I understand we have so little privacy already, and there are cameras all over the place already,” McGovern said. “But that doesn’t mean we should just kind of be laissez faire about it and not be really diligent and careful about how we’re going to add to the surveillance and add to that lack of privacy.”

April 26, 2017 — Adam Sennott
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge to update surveillance law as technologies advance

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern believes the city will be able to come up with an ordinance that is not overbearing and is respectful of privacy concerns.

“I’m confident that with the wisdom that we have in this city that we can come up with something that doesn’t require you to come back to us when you have to change the batteries in the fire detector, but also get to people’s concerns about surveillance,” McGovern said.

McGovern said he understands residents’ concerns about added surveillance.

“I understand we have so little privacy already, and there are cameras all over the place already,” McGovern said. “But that doesn’t mean we should just kind of be laissez faire about it and not be really diligent and careful about how we’re going to add to the surveillance and add to that lack of privacy.”

April 26, 2017 — Adam Sennott
Spare Change News Addressing Homelessness with a New Lens

My hope and the hope of many is that through these and other initiatives, we can better provide for the homeless in our community. We need to be focused on both short- and long-term goals to ensure that every member of our community has a safe place to call home.

Oct. 21, 2016 — Marc McGovern
Spare Change News Addressing Homelessness with a New Lens

My hope and the hope of many is that through these and other initiatives, we can better provide for the homeless in our community. We need to be focused on both short- and long-term goals to ensure that every member of our community has a safe place to call home.

Oct. 21, 2016 — Marc McGovern
Cambridge Day McGovern calls Homelessness Summit, with seven communities aligning efforts

It is because of this shared responsibility that I asked Mayor E. Denise Simmons to allow me to create the Metro Boston Homelessness Summit. The goal of this group is to bring together policymakers and department heads from Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea, Medford and Malden for four meetings over the course of the next several months to address homelessness on a regional basis.

Oct. 16, 2016 — Marc McGovern
Cambridge Day McGovern calls Homelessness Summit, with seven communities aligning efforts

It is because of this shared responsibility that I asked Mayor E. Denise Simmons to allow me to create the Metro Boston Homelessness Summit. The goal of this group is to bring together policymakers and department heads from Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea, Medford and Malden for four meetings over the course of the next several months to address homelessness on a regional basis.

Oct. 16, 2016 — Marc McGovern

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$23,381
Current balance
$32,131
Balance at the start of 2019
$48,837
Raised in 2019
$57,587
Spent in 2019