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Timothy Toomey

He/Him

Currently
City Councillor
Election history
15th term in office

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, 6 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. $1,200,000
Last sold March 31, 1983 for $52,000
inflation adjusted approx. $136,000

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

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.

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
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

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$12,205
Current balance
$26,797
Balance at the start of 2019
$22,075
Raised in 2019
$36,667
Spent in 2019