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Timothy Toomey

Currently
City Councilor

More about Timothy Toomey

Born and raised in Cambridge, Tim Toomey is currently the longest-serving councillor, as he was first elected in 1989.

He also served on the Cambridge School Committee in 1986/7, and from 1993-2016 was a State Representative for the Massachusetts House. (Mike Connolly won nomination in 2016.)

He maintains a constituent services office at 550 Cambridge Street.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
Suffolk University
Age
66 years, 4 months
Born in Cambridge in 1953
Voter Registration
Feb. 17, 1981

Where does Tim live?

Address
Owns at 88 6th Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Valued at approx. $897,200
Last sold March 31, 1983 for $52,000
inflation adjusted approx. $131,099

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

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.

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.

Quotes

Housing is a complicated supply & demand problem. Cambridge can and has played a significant role to address the issue but we need other cities & towns in the region and the Governor & Legislature to successfully create more housing opportunities.

Timothy Toomey, ABC answer

Constituent service is very important to me.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. (Profile)

I grew up in a working class household here in East Cambridge close to the port and seeing what the housing prices are now; it’s very difficult for working class families to be able to afford those prices or remain in the city. I would hate to see that diversity or that socioeconomic mix be threatened. I don’t want to see the city become the city of the haves and have nots.

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TJT: We have in place different zoning for where the sale of the recreational marijuana can be located. I still have concerns about how people are going to be tested under the influence. I am hearing from a lot of people already. It is uncharted territory that is going to evolve as it becomes legal in July of next year.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Alexandra Chaidez
The Harvard Crimson Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. (Profile)

I grew up in a working class household here in East Cambridge close to the port and seeing what the housing prices are now; it’s very difficult for working class families to be able to afford those prices or remain in the city. I would hate to see that diversity or that socioeconomic mix be threatened. I don’t want to see the city become the city of the haves and have nots.

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TJT: We have in place different zoning for where the sale of the recreational marijuana can be located. I still have concerns about how people are going to be tested under the influence. I am hearing from a lot of people already. It is uncharted territory that is going to evolve as it becomes legal in July of next year.

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

What would your top three priorities be if elected?

1) Affordable Housing – expand upon the existing supply so that people of all means can afford to live in Cambridge

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) Affordable Housing – expand upon the existing supply so that people of all means can afford to live in Cambridge

Oct. 16, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge councilors call for action on ‘worthless’ liquor licenses

Councilor Tim Toomey, who sponsored the policy order, suggested waiving the annual fee for the license for existing businesses, which he said can amount up to $5,000 a year, “so they can at least recoup some of that money that they’re going to lose.”

Toomey also suggested using money from the $5 million in restaurant sales taxes the city receives every year “to try to assist individuals as a one-time assistance package.”

Toomey said he’s not sure what can be done about money businesses have already lost.

“We can’t go back in history,” Toomey said. “I don’t think any of us know fully how we got into this situation.”

June 13, 2017 — Adam Sennott
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge councilors call for action on ‘worthless’ liquor licenses

Councilor Tim Toomey, who sponsored the policy order, suggested waiving the annual fee for the license for existing businesses, which he said can amount up to $5,000 a year, “so they can at least recoup some of that money that they’re going to lose.”

Toomey also suggested using money from the $5 million in restaurant sales taxes the city receives every year “to try to assist individuals as a one-time assistance package.”

Toomey said he’s not sure what can be done about money businesses have already lost.

“We can’t go back in history,” Toomey said. “I don’t think any of us know fully how we got into this situation.”

June 13, 2017 — Adam Sennott
Cambridge Day Medical marijuana dispensary zoning OK’d with recreational pot looming as a concern

Councillors too expressed concerns about how the recent legalization of recreational marijuana might affect the zoning, with councillors Tim Toomey and Dennis Carlone confirming with city solicitor Nancy Glowa that “experienced” sellers of medical marijuana would be allowed under the state law to also sell recreational marijuana. Toomey said that decided his vote opposing the zoning; accounting for this concern, Carlone suggested an amendment, which was adopted, allowing the ordinance to go up for reconsideration after state law changes to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Feb. 7, 2017 — Chloe Reichel
Cambridge Day Medical marijuana dispensary zoning OK’d with recreational pot looming as a concern

Councillors too expressed concerns about how the recent legalization of recreational marijuana might affect the zoning, with councillors Tim Toomey and Dennis Carlone confirming with city solicitor Nancy Glowa that “experienced” sellers of medical marijuana would be allowed under the state law to also sell recreational marijuana. Toomey said that decided his vote opposing the zoning; accounting for this concern, Carlone suggested an amendment, which was adopted, allowing the ordinance to go up for reconsideration after state law changes to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Feb. 7, 2017 — Chloe Reichel
Wicked Local Cambridge Connolly wins big victory over Toomey; Jehlen secures seat against Cheung

Cambridge activist and attorney Mike Connolly unseated longtime state representative and Cambridge city Councilor Tim Toomey by just 400 votes Thursday night in the 26th Middlesex District democratic race, according to the Cambridge and Somerville election commissions.

Connolly pulled in 2,042 votes, or 52 percent, in Cambridge to Toomey’s 1,828. While Somerville cast 704 ballots for Toomey and 884 for Connolly.

Toomey conceded shortly after 9:30 p.m. with a Facebook post congratulating his opponent.

“My sincere congratulations go to Mike Connolly, who won a hard-fought victory tonight in the race for the Democratic nomination,” he wrote. “My deep trust and respect for the voters of the 26th Middlesex District continues on.”

Sept. 8, 2016 — Natalie Handy
Wicked Local Cambridge Connolly wins big victory over Toomey; Jehlen secures seat against Cheung

Cambridge activist and attorney Mike Connolly unseated longtime state representative and Cambridge city Councilor Tim Toomey by just 400 votes Thursday night in the 26th Middlesex District democratic race, according to the Cambridge and Somerville election commissions.

Connolly pulled in 2,042 votes, or 52 percent, in Cambridge to Toomey’s 1,828. While Somerville cast 704 ballots for Toomey and 884 for Connolly.

Toomey conceded shortly after 9:30 p.m. with a Facebook post congratulating his opponent.

“My sincere congratulations go to Mike Connolly, who won a hard-fought victory tonight in the race for the Democratic nomination,” he wrote. “My deep trust and respect for the voters of the 26th Middlesex District continues on.”

Sept. 8, 2016 — Natalie Handy
Wicked Local Cambridge Candidate Column — Tim Toomey: Leadership calls for action

Was Chisholm an odd choice for an Irish-American kid from East Cambridge? Maybe. But she had a saying that resonated with me: “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

Aug. 23, 2016 — Tim Toomey
Wicked Local Cambridge Candidate Column — Tim Toomey: Leadership calls for action

Was Chisholm an odd choice for an Irish-American kid from East Cambridge? Maybe. But she had a saying that resonated with me: “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

Aug. 23, 2016 — Tim Toomey
Wicked Local Cambridge Guest column: Disparity in tax rates is morally unacceptable

Boston recently earned the dubious distinction of being named the American city with the widest gap between its top 5 percent and bottom 20 percent of earners. The Boston metro area, which encompasses the eastern part of our state, ranked sixth in the nation in income inequality in the same study.

Jan. 26, 2016 — Tim Toomey
Wicked Local Cambridge Guest column: Disparity in tax rates is morally unacceptable

Boston recently earned the dubious distinction of being named the American city with the widest gap between its top 5 percent and bottom 20 percent of earners. The Boston metro area, which encompasses the eastern part of our state, ranked sixth in the nation in income inequality in the same study.

Jan. 26, 2016 — Tim Toomey
Wicked Local Cambridge Single-use plastic bags banned in Cambridge

Toomey felt that charging for plastic bags could be a financial burden on working class families and seniors. He suggested the city institute a drop-off location for plastic bags, similar to the popular bins for donated clothes and books.

″[If] they leave with 20 bags, that’s a couple of bucks out of their pocket,” Toomey said March 30. “I completely support the aim of this, but I’m just not comfortable with some of the [items] that are here before us. It just needs a little bit more time.”

March 31, 2015 — Sara Feijo
Wicked Local Cambridge Single-use plastic bags banned in Cambridge

Toomey felt that charging for plastic bags could be a financial burden on working class families and seniors. He suggested the city institute a drop-off location for plastic bags, similar to the popular bins for donated clothes and books.

″[If] they leave with 20 bags, that’s a couple of bucks out of their pocket,” Toomey said March 30. “I completely support the aim of this, but I’m just not comfortable with some of the [items] that are here before us. It just needs a little bit more time.”

March 31, 2015 — Sara Feijo

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$38,991.55
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
TBD
Raised in 2019
TBD
Spent in 2019