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Sam Gebru

He/Him

Currently
Entrepreneur

More about Sam Gebru

Samuel Gebru is an Ethiopian American who has lived in Cambridge since he was 3. He is a graduate of CRLS and attended Concordia College.

Politically, he has worked on campaigns, served as a legislative intern to Massachusetts State Senator Steven A. Tolman, and founded the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Center, and has served on several other boards and community initiatives, generally focused on youth engagement and African empowerment.

For instance, he is the founder and Managing Director of Black Lion Strategies, a consulting practice that works to strengthen U.S.-Ethiopia relations, and is the Executive Producer of Boston Ethiopia Week.

Incumbent
No
Education
Concordia College
Age
28 years, 6 months
Born in Khartoum, Sudan in 1991
Voter Registration
May 14, 2010

Where does Sam live?

Address
Rents at 812 Memorial Drive #614A Cambridge MA 02139

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

I think, right now, the way you need to see it—and it's basic economics—there's a limited supply of housing.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Samuel Gebru (Profile)

I'm committed to building an inclusive Cambridge, and I think we can do that by prioritizing social mobility on the City Council.

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I argue that we need to be building more housing. That's one thing that we haven't been doing, but it's a critical function of the City Council. I think, right now, the way you need to see it—and it's basic economics—there's a limited supply of housing.

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A lot of the work that Cambridge has been doing is just trying to reassure residents that all hell is not going to break loose in Cambridge. And that's a difficult thing to do. I would love to see us stay on message as much as we can while also reassuring our residents that the City is here for them.

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I have very liberal views on it. I don't think we should be regulating it at all. It's a shame that it had to go to a ballot initiative last year, but it did. And I think right now it's just a matter of implementing it. I would like us to find spots to zone in recreational marijuana stores. I understand the concern from some residents that they don't want it near schools, they don't want it near hospitals. And those I agree with. But I think in certain areas, like Central Square, they are doable.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Samuel Zwickel
The Harvard Crimson Samuel Gebru (Profile)

I'm committed to building an inclusive Cambridge, and I think we can do that by prioritizing social mobility on the City Council.

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I argue that we need to be building more housing. That's one thing that we haven't been doing, but it's a critical function of the City Council. I think, right now, the way you need to see it—and it's basic economics—there's a limited supply of housing.

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A lot of the work that Cambridge has been doing is just trying to reassure residents that all hell is not going to break loose in Cambridge. And that's a difficult thing to do. I would love to see us stay on message as much as we can while also reassuring our residents that the City is here for them.

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I have very liberal views on it. I don't think we should be regulating it at all. It's a shame that it had to go to a ballot initiative last year, but it did. And I think right now it's just a matter of implementing it. I would like us to find spots to zone in recreational marijuana stores. I understand the concern from some residents that they don't want it near schools, they don't want it near hospitals. And those I agree with. But I think in certain areas, like Central Square, they are doable.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Samuel Zwickel

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$-87
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
$295
Raised in 2019
$382
Spent in 2019