David Maher

David Maher
2003 Candidate for Cambridge City Council

Home address:
120 Appleton St.
Cambridge MA 02138

Contact information:
Tel: 617-354-VOTE (8683)
e-mail: davidmaher03@yahoo.com 

Send contributions to:
Committee to Re-elect David Maher
2298 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02140

David Maher is a lifelong resident of Cambridge who attended the Russell and Tobin schools and the New Prep School and received a management degree from Suffolk University. For the past decade, he has served as the Development Director for Cambridge Family and Children's Service - a non-profit agency serving the critical needs of children and families in Cambridge. David Maher was elected to the Cambridge School Committee from 1991 until 1999 when he was elected to the city council. Councillor Maher was elected by his peers to serve as the City's Vice Mayor (2000-2001). He has also spent a great deal of his personal time fighting for important issues, including acting as the city-wide chair for the Coalition for a Healthy Future - helping educate children about the harmful effects of tobacco products and is a past president of the Cambridge Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Maintaining the vibrancy and diversity that makes Cambridge such a special place to live has become increasingly difficult. David Maher has successfully worked to promote public private partnerships that will result in hundreds of new affordable housing units being created for Cambridge residents. Councillor Maher has consistently supported efforts to respond to the shrinking middle-class in Cambridge by promoting home ownership opportunities for middle-income families. David Maher worked for the passage of the Community Preservation Act, which has allowed Cambridge to leverage our annual commitment to affordable housing from $4 million annually to the current level of $8 million. David Maher believes that current efforts to bring back the outdated practice of rent control don't make sense for Cambridge. David Maher will continue to support sensible housing policies that help those most in need.

Quality of Life:
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Municipal Finance & Government:
While most cities and towns in Massachusetts are facing budget cuts and fiscal turmoil, Cambridge is one of only a handful of cities in the country with a triple AAA bond rating. As chair of the Government Operations and Rules Committee, Councillor Maher oversaw the council's goal setting process, which stresses the use of fiscal focus and discipline to maintain quality services and to keep our promise to taxpayers by moving forward on important capital projects including a new public library, improvements made to our roads and the on-going sewer separation project. As other cities are cutting back - Cambridge has had no public safety layoffs. David Maher is working to make a new police station a reality. The city continues to maintain excess tax levy capacity and free cash to implement all of these goals.

Environment and Public Health:
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Land Use, Planning, Development, and Transportation:
Publicly accessible open spaces are vitally important to the quality of life for our residents. David Maher has consistently worked to acquire new open spaces and supported continued efforts to renovate existing park and recreational spaces, including scheduled renovations and upgrades to Russell Field and Donnelly Field. As co-chair of the Ordinance Committee - the committee that oversees the city's zoning - David Maher has worked to ensure that all new zoning reflects the desire and desperate need for the creation of open space while working with neighborhood residents to ensure a public process on all municipal projects. David will continue to work to ensure that Cambridge remains a beautiful and livable community for all residents.

University Relations:
Cambridge is home to some of the finest learning institutions in the world. As Chair of the University Relations committee, David Maher has worked to develop collaborative partnerships with the city's colleges and universities that will benefit our public schools and non-profit organizations.

It was David Maher's leadership that brought the Universities to the table with the city and residents to ensure an open dialogue as it relates to university projects.

Civic participation:
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Cambridge Public Schools:
David Maher has worked tirelessly to provide the tools that educators need to be successful. Throughout his tenure as Development Director for the Cambridge Family and Children's Services, he has dedicated his time and energy to ensuring that children have the tools needed to succeed and to ensure reliable services to those in need. David's work on the Cambridge School Committee was no different. As the Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, he worked with the Cambridge Teachers Association as well as parents groups and school administrators to ensure the best possible learning environment for both teachers and students by building new schools and updating several existing facilities that meet or surpass national standards for classroom environment.

David Maher knows that educators are faced with a multitude of challenges in a contemporary classroom. The role of a classroom instructor has evolved into a much more diverse job description as technology and family participation have changed dramatically. Teachers are faced with new challenges each and every day as they are asked to work in difficult and sometimes overcrowded classrooms. Unless we give teachers the tools they need to succeed, the children and ultimately, our future, will most certainly suffer.

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