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Quinton Zondervan

He/Him

Currently
City Councillor
Also
Technical Advisor
Election history
1st term in office

More about Quinton Zondervan

Quinton Zondervan immigrated to Florida from Suriname while in high school. He arrived in the Cambridge area to get a Master of Science at MIT. Quinton is also a graduate of Eckerd College, and is currently on their Board of Trustees.

Quinton was formerly the board chair of Green Cambridge and still serves as president for the Climate Action Business Association. He is also involved with 350 Mass, MIT Alumni for Climate Action Leadership, and he has been a member of several Cambridge city advisory committees, notably the Climate Protection Action Committee and the Rodent Task Force.

Prior to his election in the 2017 race, he was a a software developer at a data/analytics consultancy firm. Since January 2019, he's also been a Senior Technical Advisor for two companies.

He is active on Twitter.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
MS in electrical engineering and computer science, MIT; BS in math, BS in computer science, Eckerd College
Age
49 years, 2 months
Born in Suriname in 1970
Voter Registration
June 4, 2004

Where does Quinton live?

Address
Owns at 235 Cardinal Madeiros Ave. Cambridge, MA 0214
Valued at approx. $993,000
Last sold March 22, 2004 for $440,000
inflation adjusted approx. $603,000

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

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

Cambridge is not a high-rise city, tall buildings should be discouraged. Reducing building heights preserves Cambridge’s character.

Quinton Zondervan, answer to ABC question

So you did some "research" and now we're supposed to believe you've found the panacea? You are indeed closed minded, not because I'm telling you so, but as evidenced by your constant refusal to acknowledge the actual complexity of reality. Luckily it's a curable disease :-)

Quinton Zondervan, Twitter

Your group [ABC] has literally never added anything useful to this debate. I wish it had. Density boosterism flies in the face of ten thousand years of human history, but you stubbornly disagree. In your fantasy land cities cure climate change when in reality civilization's causing it.

Quinton Zondervan, Twitter

You had me until “building out more housing” :-) As if “more” isn’t exactly the problem. Not to mention “building”. Can that be acknowledged instead of willfully ignored?!

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Boston Globe Beyond bags: Cambridge eyes eliminating more single-use plastic products citywide

In a tweet this week following the hearing, City Councilor Quinton Zondervan, one of the policy order’s sponsors, said the vote of support from council members is the start of a larger conversation around banning plastics.

May 16, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Boston Globe Beyond bags: Cambridge eyes eliminating more single-use plastic products citywide

In a tweet this week following the hearing, City Councilor Quinton Zondervan, one of the policy order’s sponsors, said the vote of support from council members is the start of a larger conversation around banning plastics.

May 16, 2019 — Steve Annear
Cambridge Day Affordable-housing policies in Cambridge are rapidly destroying city, candidate says

Here we see the total number of housing units in Cambridge from 1997 to last year compared with monthly rents and total subsidized affordable units (seen from 2000 to last year). Rents are from the latest housing profile, and are not adjusted for inflation; the housing units data are from Cambridge’s open data portal and the Community Development Department’s Demographics and Statistics FAQ).

Aug. 14, 2017 — Quinton Zondervan
Cambridge Day Affordable-housing policies in Cambridge are rapidly destroying city, candidate says

Here we see the total number of housing units in Cambridge from 1997 to last year compared with monthly rents and total subsidized affordable units (seen from 2000 to last year). Rents are from the latest housing profile, and are not adjusted for inflation; the housing units data are from Cambridge’s open data portal and the Community Development Department’s Demographics and Statistics FAQ).

Aug. 14, 2017 — Quinton Zondervan

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$7,203
Current balance
$461
Balance at the start of 2019
$32,630
Raised in 2019
$25,888
Spent in 2019