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Richard Harding

He/Him

Currently
School Committee Member

More about Richard Harding

Born and raised in Cambridge, Richard Harding is a graduate of CRLS and Fitchburg State College.

Richard Harding has not run for City Council before. He was first elected to school committee in 2001, and was elected each term since with one exception (2007) for a total of 7 terms. He also worked for MA State Senator Steven Tolman and chaired his ward's Democratic Committee.

In Cambridge, he is part of several neighborhood organizations, primarily focused around equality and justice. For example, he is co-leader of Cambridge's NAACP branch.

Incumbent
No
Education
Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Fitchburg State College
Age
47 years, 7 months
Born in Cambridge in 1972
Voter Registration
June 5, 1991

Where does Richard live?

Address
Others (Family-owned house.) at 189 Windsor St. Cambridge MA 02139
Valued at approx. $1,241,828
Last sold Oct. 21, 2008 for $1

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

I am a kid from Cambridge that grew up in the projects and worked at the State House.

Richard Harding, Scout Cambridge

I think that it’s a shame that Harvard only gives the city so little bit of resources towards affordable housing and other programs. You also have to figure out a way to house your own students. That takes away from the pressures on the housing market.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Richard Harding, Jr. (Profile)

I think that the issues of affordability within the city, affordable housing, affordable child care and universal pre-K, the income inequality that is blatant here in Cambridge, to some degree where you don’t see it in other places.

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I think that it’s a shame that Harvard only gives the city so little bit of resources towards affordable housing and other programs. You also have to figure out a way to house your own students. That takes away from the pressures on the housing market.

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There are way more cars than bikes. I don’t say that because I’m anti-bike—because I’m not—and I’m not anti-pedestrian.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Aidan Ryan
The Harvard Crimson Richard Harding, Jr. (Profile)

I think that the issues of affordability within the city, affordable housing, affordable child care and universal pre-K, the income inequality that is blatant here in Cambridge, to some degree where you don’t see it in other places.

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I think that it’s a shame that Harvard only gives the city so little bit of resources towards affordable housing and other programs. You also have to figure out a way to house your own students. That takes away from the pressures on the housing market.

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There are way more cars than bikes. I don’t say that because I’m anti-bike—because I’m not—and I’m not anti-pedestrian.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Aidan Ryan
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 4 of 5

What would your top three priorities be if elected?

1) Tackling income inequality with efforts like universal pre-k and jobs training that give working families a chance to join in the greatness of our city

Oct. 16, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 4 of 5

What would your top three priorities be if elected?

1) Tackling income inequality with efforts like universal pre-k and jobs training that give working families a chance to join in the greatness of our city

Oct. 16, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Cambridge Day Superintendent’s district plan denied vote, mayor seeking roundtables for the specifics

Though at the June 6 meeting Harding announced “I think we’ve arrived” and told Salim, “I’m glad you’ve been bold,” at the Tuesday meeting he said he remained “very, very concerned about the lack of intentionality around student achievement and closing the achievement gap” and dwelled on previous, unsuccessful attempts at attacking the problems.

June 22, 2017 — Jean Cummings
Cambridge Day Superintendent’s district plan denied vote, mayor seeking roundtables for the specifics

Though at the June 6 meeting Harding announced “I think we’ve arrived” and told Salim, “I’m glad you’ve been bold,” at the Tuesday meeting he said he remained “very, very concerned about the lack of intentionality around student achievement and closing the achievement gap” and dwelled on previous, unsuccessful attempts at attacking the problems.

June 22, 2017 — Jean Cummings

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$1,780
Current balance
$2,130
Balance at the start of 2019
$0
Raised in 2019
$350
Spent in 2019