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Sumbul Siddiqui

Currently
Attorney in Legal Aid

More about Sumbul Siddiqui

Sumbul Siddiqui's family immigrated to the United States from Pakistan when she was 2, and they moved to Cambridge when they got a lottery spot in Cambridge's affordable housing system. She is a graduate of CRLS, Brown University, and Northwestern.

While attending CRLS, she co-founded the Cambridge Youth Council (then the Cambridge Youth Involvement Subcommittee), a way for students to engage with city government and policy. She's now serving on the board of the Cambridge School Volunteers and is a member of Cambridge's Human Services Commission.

Professionally, she is an Attorney at Northeast Legal Aid, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
BA, Brown University; JD, Northwestern University
Age
31 years, 8 months
Born in Karachi, Pakistan (moved to Cambridge at age 2) in 1988
Voter Registration
June 6, 2006

Where does Sumbul live?

Address
Lives at 283 Sidney St. #3 Cambridge, MA 02139

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Green Cambridge

Sustainability and environmental health for all

Green Cambridge

Sustainability and environmental health for all

Harvard Square Neighborhood Association

Harvard Square and all things about it

Harvard Square Neighborhood Association

Harvard Square and all things about it

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

Vision Zero Coalition

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

Vision Zero Coalition

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

Cambridge Bike Safety

Supports safe biking infrastructure for all ages and abilities. Asked Candidates for statement on CBS's platform.

Cambridge Bike Safety

Supports safe biking infrastructure for all ages and abilities. Asked Candidates for statement on CBS's platform.

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

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.

ABC Candidate 2017 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

ABC Candidate 2017 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

CRA Candidate Questionnaire

CRA is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

CRA Candidate Questionnaire

CRA 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.

ABC Candidate 2019 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

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

Quotes

Also, we have to have more diversity on the council. I think it’s very important that we have more women, and that we have more women of color. I think someone who is a qualified public attorney who happens to be a Muslim woman of color, you talk the talk for diversity and all that stuff, but this is a time that we can actually make it happen.

Sumbul Siddiqui, Harvard Crimson Profile

We also need to make ride-hailing/ride-sharing programs easier to use and less expensive for Cambridge seniors.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Boston Globe Cambridge has temporarily banished ‘Big Cannabis.’ Up next: lawsuits

Siddiqui said she believes Cambridge will be able to mount a strong defense against any lawsuits, noting that cannabis commission guidance recommends prioritizing empowerment applicants.

“This is something I’m willing to get sued on,” she said. “This industry comes with an ugly history of racial oppression that needs to be addressed.”

Sept. 23, 2019 — Dan Adams
The Boston Globe Cambridge has temporarily banished ‘Big Cannabis.’ Up next: lawsuits

Siddiqui said she believes Cambridge will be able to mount a strong defense against any lawsuits, noting that cannabis commission guidance recommends prioritizing empowerment applicants.

“This is something I’m willing to get sued on,” she said. “This industry comes with an ugly history of racial oppression that needs to be addressed.”

Sept. 23, 2019 — Dan Adams
The Boston Globe Long-stalled Cambridge courthouse project clears a crucial hurdle

The amount of office space in the tower will also drop, because Leggat agreed to double the number of affordable housing units in the building, to 48. The idea was proposed by Councilor Sumbul Siddiqui, considered the swing vote.

Leggat will also pay more into the city’s affordable housing trust fund, $15 million instead of $11.5 million.

Sept. 19, 2019 — Jon Chesto
The Boston Globe Long-stalled Cambridge courthouse project clears a crucial hurdle

The amount of office space in the tower will also drop, because Leggat agreed to double the number of affordable housing units in the building, to 48. The idea was proposed by Councilor Sumbul Siddiqui, considered the swing vote.

Leggat will also pay more into the city’s affordable housing trust fund, $15 million instead of $11.5 million.

Sept. 19, 2019 — Jon Chesto
The Harvard Crimson Sumbul Siddiqui (Profile)

I think it goes it back to my experience and professional background. I am the only woman running who has grown up here, so I think that’s very valuable in the sense that I have long-term roots. I’m not planning to go anywhere. This is a city I know.

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I think we know that the elderly need parking. I think we know that if you’re disabled, you really need parking. So we have to prioritize those needs. At the end of the day, we have to make a compromise. If we want to be a city that is committed to fixing climate change, it’s better to bike. But we have to realize that not everyone can bike, so we have to recognize that some people have to drive.

Nov. 1, 2017 — A. Perez
The Harvard Crimson Sumbul Siddiqui (Profile)

I think it goes it back to my experience and professional background. I am the only woman running who has grown up here, so I think that’s very valuable in the sense that I have long-term roots. I’m not planning to go anywhere. This is a city I know.

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I think we know that the elderly need parking. I think we know that if you’re disabled, you really need parking. So we have to prioritize those needs. At the end of the day, we have to make a compromise. If we want to be a city that is committed to fixing climate change, it’s better to bike. But we have to realize that not everyone can bike, so we have to recognize that some people have to drive.

Nov. 1, 2017 — A. Perez
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

What are specific new programs or changes you would make if elected?

1) Enforce the City’s policies against vacant storefronts: I would research whether we can implement a vacant storefront registry similar to Arlington’s for large property owners who would be required to pay a fee to enter the registry once their storefront becomes vacant. The fee could be waived if the owner allowed public art to be displayed while the landlord looks for a new tenant or committed to allowed a pop-up use for the community

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

What are specific new programs or changes you would make if elected?

1) Enforce the City’s policies against vacant storefronts: I would research whether we can implement a vacant storefront registry similar to Arlington’s for large property owners who would be required to pay a fee to enter the registry once their storefront becomes vacant. The fee could be waived if the owner allowed public art to be displayed while the landlord looks for a new tenant or committed to allowed a pop-up use for the community

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

Sumbul Siddiqui, a public interest attorney, is running because she wants to give back to the community that helped raise her.

“As a first-generation immigrant from Pakistan who has benefited from Cambridge’s public school system, public housing, and after-school activities, I am uniquely indebted to Cambridge’s tremendous resources,” she wrote.

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

Sumbul Siddiqui, a public interest attorney, is running because she wants to give back to the community that helped raise her.

“As a first-generation immigrant from Pakistan who has benefited from Cambridge’s public school system, public housing, and after-school activities, I am uniquely indebted to Cambridge’s tremendous resources,” she wrote.

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$18,821.85
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
TBD
Raised in 2019
TBD
Spent in 2019