18 Months of City Accomplishments
It's been 18 months since I was sworn into my 5th term as a Cambridge City Councillor and it has been a wonderful experience:
As Chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee, I've been leading City discussions on policing, fire safety, internet access and more.
Working with other City Councillors, City Manager Rich Rossi and City staff, I've helped enact City regulations on disposable plastic bags and teenage smoking, brought the public into discussions about improving our snow clearance operations and continued my efforts to making bicycling a safe and convenient method of transportation throughout the City.
Emphasizing the need for a more effective City/School partnership, I have pushed to have the Council use the CPS budget as a tool to create better academic experiences for all of our children.
Recognizing demographic changes within Cambridge and the need to be proactive about leading our City into the global future, I have been constant in my work to use zoning as a tool to build us a Cambridge we can be proud to call home in future years.
Through emails and blog postings, I've kept the public informed about what is going on in Cambridge and been transparent about both my thoughts and my votes.
18 Months of Personal Accomplishments
Personally, it's been a banner term as well:
I've watched my eldest son graduate CRLS and my youngest finish 9th grade while I continued to tutor at the high school with Cambridge School Volunteers.
I passed a wilderness first aid course, earned numerous FEMA training certificates and was awarded a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where I focused on issues involving crisis management, emergency preparedness and public safety.
I did a statistics project where I demonstrated that Cambridge-based Charter High Schools shed students at up to five times the rate that CRLS does, raising serious questions about the equity and efficacy of the Charter School movement.
And now the 2015 campaign for City Council is starting and I am eager to bring my experience and education back to City Hall for another term, where I will focus on helping Cambridge create a better future for all of its residents, building a more collaborative City/school relationship and developing safety programs that are based on effective and ongoing Police/Public partnerships.
I Need Your Help
Like my last election, I will not succeed without your help. Whether it's hosting a campaign party for me, telling your neighbors and friends why you support me, donating money, putting up a yard sign or helping me knock on doors, this is a campaign I can only win as part of a team.
I hope you will be on that team.
Thank you so much.
Craig Kelley home
6 Saint Gerard Terrace
Cambridge, MA 02140