The Mayors of Cambridge since 1893
Mayors 1846 - 1942 (prior to Plan E Charter)
City Council Presidents 1916-1941
|Plan E Mayors (1941 - present)
John H. Corcoran, 1942 - 1943
John H. Corcoran, 1944 - 1945 (died Dec 28, 1945)
John D. Lynch, 1946 - 1947
Michael Neville, 1948 - 1949
Edward Crane, 1950 - 1951
Joseph DeGuglielmo, 1952 - 1953
John J. Foley, 1954 - 1955
Edward Sullivan, 1956 - 1957
Tom McNamara, 1958 - 1959
Edward Crane, 1960 - 1961
Edward Crane, 1962 - 1963
Edward Crane, 1964 - 1965
Daniel Hayes, 1966 - 1967
Walter Sullivan, 1968 - 1969
Alfred Vellucci, 1970 - 1971
Barbara Ackermann, 1972 - 1973
Walter Sullivan, 1974 - 1975
Alfred Vellucci, 1976 - 1977
Thomas Danehy, 1978 - 1979
Francis Duehay, 1980 - 1981
Alfred Vellucci, 1982 - 1983
Leonard Russell, 1984 - 1985 (died June 16, 1985)
Francis Duehay, 1985
Walter Sullivan, 1986 - 1987
Alfred Vellucci, 1988 - 1989
Alice Wolf, 1990 - 1991
Kenneth Reeves, 1992 - 1993
Kenneth Reeves, 1994 - 1995
Sheila Russell, 1996 - 1997
Francis Duehay, 1998 - 1999
Anthony Galluccio, 2000 - 2001
Michael A. Sullivan, 2002 - 2003
Michael A. Sullivan, 2004 - 2005
Kenneth Reeves, 2006 - 2007
E. Denise Simmons, 2008 - 2009
David Maher, 2010 - 2011
Henrietta Davis, 2012 - 2013
David Maher, 2014 - 2015
E. Denise Simmons, 2016 - 2017
Marc C. McGovern, 2018 - present
Jan 1, 2018 - The 2018-2019 Cambridge City Council was inaugurated this morning in the Sullivan Chamber of City Hall. After each elected councillor took the oath of office, the new City Council took care of its first order of business - the election of the Mayor. Though the eventual outcome was already known to many in the room for the last few weeks, there is always at least some drama due to the possibility that an alternate deal could be struck in the interim. However the vote went more or less as predicted with Marc McGovern being elected as Mayor for the 2018-2019 term. The initial vote was 7-2 for McGovern with Councillors Simmons and Toomey casting their votes for Tim Toomey, but Councillor Simmons changed her vote to McGovern to make the final vote 8-1.
After a speech by the newly elected Mayor McGovern that stressed themes of unity the Council then elected Jan Devereux to serve as Vice Chair of the City Council for the 2018-2019 term. That vote was initially 5 votes for Jan Devereux and 4 for Denise Simmons, but Allanna Mallon and then Craig Kelley changed their votes to Devereux to make the final vote 7-2 with Councillors Simmons and Toomey voting for Simmons.
|Ballot #1 for Mayor||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||TT||TT||MM||McGovern 7, Toomey 2|
|Simmons switch to McGovern||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||TT||MM||McGovern 8, Toomey 1|
|Ballot #1 for Vice Chair||JD||JD||DS||DS||JD||JD||DS||DS||JD||Devereux 5, Simmons 4|
|Mallon switch to Devereux||JD||JD||DS||JD||JD||JD||DS||DS||JD||Devereux 6, Simmons 3|
|Kelley switch to Devereux||JD||JD||JD||JD||JD||JD||DS||DS||JD||Devereux 7, Simmons 2|
In the first unanimous first ballot election for as long as anyone can remember, the new City Council elected E. Denise Simmons once again as Mayor of Cambridge. After Mayor Simmons was elected, the City Council initially voted 6-3 to elect Marc McGovern as Vice Chair of the City Council (generally referred to as Vice Mayor). Here's a rundown for both elections (using the initials of councillors and mayoral candidates in the tally):
|Ballot #1 for Mayor||DS||DS||DS||DS||DS||DS||DS||DS||DS||Simmons by unanimous vote of 9|
|Ballot #1 for Vice Chair||NM||MM||NM||MM||MM||NM||MM||MM||MM||McGovern 6, Mazen 3|
|Mazen switch to McGovern||NM||MM||NM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||McGovern 7, Mazen 2|
|Devereux switch to McGovern||DM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||McGovern 8, Mazen 1|
|Carlone switch to McGovern||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||MM||McGovern by unanimous vote of 9|
Congratulations to Mayor Denise Simmons and to Vice Mayor Marc McGovern! - RW
It was a rollercoaster of a mayoral vote this morning, but the new City Council finally did get the job done. Here's a rundown (using the initials of councillors and mayoral candidates in the tally):
|Ballot #1||DM||LC||LC||DS||DM||DS||DM||DS||DM||Maher 4, Simmons 3, Cheung 2|
|Ballot #2||DM||LC||LC||LC||DM||LC||DM||DS||DM||Maher 4, Cheung 4, Simmons 1|
|Simmons switch to Maher||DM||LC||LC||LC||DM||LC||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Cheung 4|
|Cheung switch to Simmons||DM||LC||DS||LC||DM||LC||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Cheung 3, Simmons 1|
|Kelley switch to Simmons||DM||LC||DS||DS||DM||LC||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Cheung 2, Simmons 2|
|Carlone switch to Simmons||DM||DS||DS||DS||DM||LC||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Simmons 3, Cheung 1|
|Mazen switch to Simmons||DM||DS||DS||DS||DM||DS||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Simmons 4|
|Simmons switch to Simmons||DM||DS||DS||DS||DM||DS||DM||DS||DM||Simmons 5, Maher 4|
|Benzan switch to Simmons||DS||DS||DS||DS||DM||DS||DM||DS||DM||Simmons 6, Maher 3|
|Mazen switch to Kelley||DS||DS||DS||DS||DM||CK||DM||DS||DM||Simmons 5, Maher 3, Kelley 1|
|Carlone switch to Kelley||DS||CK||DS||DS||DM||CK||DM||DS||DM||Simmons 4, Maher 3, Kelley 2|
|Ballot #3||DM||LC||LC||DS||DM||DS||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Cheung 2, Simmons 2|
|Cheung switch to Simmons||DM||LC||DS||DS||DM||DS||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Simmons 3, Cheung 1|
|Carlone switch to Simmons||DM||DS||DS||DS||DM||DS||DM||DM||DM||Maher 5, Simmons 4|
It is worth noting that at the end of Ballot #3, Denise Simmons could have once again changed her vote to herself (giving her a majority) but chose not to do so - perhaps due to the belief that this would lead to just another cycle of vote changes.
After Mayor Maher took the oath of office, the City Council then proceeded to the vote for Vice Chair. Though not initially unanimous for Dennis Benzan, Denise Simmons moved that the vote be made unanimous and there was no objection.
Congratulations to Mayor David Maher and to Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan! - RW
Feb 22, 2012 - The Cambridge City Council tonight unanimously elected Henrietta Davis as Mayor and E. Denise Simmons as Vice-Chair of the City Council. The 5th and deciding vote was cast by Councillor Minka vanBeuzekom. After that, the remaining councillors changed their votes to Henrietta Davis to make the vote unanimous. Denise Simmons was then also unanimously elected as Vice Chair of the City Council.
Feb 22, 2010 - The Cambridge City Council tonight unanimously elected David Maher as Mayor and Henrietta Davis as Vice-Chair of the City Council.
Jan 14, 2008 - The Cambridge City Council today unanimously elected E. Denise Simmons to be Mayor and Brian Murphy to be Vice-Chair of the City Council. For the record, the mayoral vote (the 2nd ballot officially) initially had Davis, Kelley, Murphy, Reeves, Seidel, and Simmons voting for Denise Simmons; Maher and Toomey voting for Tim Toomey; and Decker voting “present” (I won't even bother trying to figure that one out). David Maher then asked to change his vote to Simmons and make the vote unanimous. Decker then changed her vote to Simmons and City Clerk Margaret Drury gaveled the vote closed before Councillor Toomey had a chance to weigh in - declaring the vote unanimous even though no such vote was taken. I suppose you could argue that the vote was actually an 8-1 vote for Simmons since the rules are clear that the vote is final when the gavel drops. Nonetheless, Councillor Toomey did ask to have his vote changed to Denise Simmons after she had already been sworn in. Let's just call it unanimous, regardless of the technicalities.
The vote for Vice-Chair of the City Council (traditionally called Vice-Mayor) came next. In the initial vote, all councillors except Decker voted for Brian Murphy. Decker again voted “present”. Only afterwards did she join the others as she changed her vote to Murphy to make the vote unanimous.
Jan 2, 2006 - The Cambridge City Council today elected Kenneth E. Reeves to be Mayor and Timothy J. Toomey to be Vice-Chair of the City Council. The mayoral vote went like this:
Davis, Kelley, Murphy, Simmons - voted for Denise Simmons
Decker, Galluccio, Reeves, Sullivan, Toomey - voted for Ken Reeves
Murphy, Davis, and Simmons then changed their votes to Reeves. Final vote: 8-1 to elect Ken Reeves
The vote for Vice-Chair went like this:
Davis, Kelley, Murphy, Simmons - voted for Brian Murphy
Decker, Galluccio, Reeves, Sullivan, Toomey - voted for Tim Toomey
Murphy, Davis, Kelley, and Simmons then changed their votes to Toomey. Final vote: 9-0 to elect Tim Toomey
Later in the day, the School Committee unanimously elected Fred Fantini as Vice-Chair.
Jan 5, 2004 - Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
The Cambridge City Council today once again elected Michael A. Sullivan to be mayor for the 2004-2005 City Council term. Mayor Sullivan was once again elected on the 1st ballot. The initial vote went like this:
Voting for Sullivan: Decker, Galluccio, Reeves, Sullivan, Toomey
Voting for Davis: Davis, Maher, Murphy, Simmons
Once these votes were on the table, Brian Murphy changed his vote to Reeves. Denise Simmons then did so as well. If one more person (other than Reeves or Decker) had also changed to Reeves, things may have become quite interesting, but that third vote did not materialize. If it had, one could surmise that Reeves might then have voted for himself, and I would expect Decker to have then provide the 5th vote. In the end the final tally was:
Sullivan (5 votes): Decker, Galluccio, Reeves, Sullivan, Toomey
Davis (2 votes): Davis, Maher
Reeves (2 votes): Murphy, Simmons
After Mayor Sullivan was sworn in, the Council elected Marjorie Decker to be Vice-Chair of the City Council. The initial votes was:
Voting for Decker: Decker, Galluccio, Reeves, Sullivan, Toomey
Voting for Simmons: Davis, Maher, Murphy, Simmons
At this point, Brian Murphy and Denise Simmons changed their votes to Decker, and David Maher then moved to make the vote unanimous.
After the inauguration, the usual political chatter ensued about deals having been made and broken - nothing that we haven't heard before. It does, however, seem to be the case that the votes for mayor were only finally decided in the hours before the election.
Addendum - Later in the day on January 5, the Cambridge School Committee unanimously elected Richard Harding to be its Vice-Chair.
||The Inauguration of the 2002-2003 Cambridge City Council took place on Monday, January 7, 2002 from 10am to noon at Cambridge City Hall. Michael A. Sullivan was elected mayor on the first ballot. Those initially voting for Sullivan were Councillors Henrietta Davis, David Maher, Brian Murphy, Denise Simmons, and Michael Sullivan. Councillors Marjorie Decker and Ken Reeves initially cast their votes for Marjorie Decker, and Councillors Anthony Galluccio and Tim Toomey initially cast their votes for Anthony Galluccio. Then, in order, Councillors Galluccio, Decker, Reeves, and Toomey all changed their votes to Michael Sullivan to elect him unanimously.
Councillor Henrietta Davis was then elected Vice-Chair of the City Council (called the vice mayor by some) after receiving votes from Councillors Davis, Galluccio, Maher, Murphy, Simmons, and Sullivan. Councillors Decker, Reeves, and Toomey cast their votes for Marjorie Decker. The final vote for Davis was 6-3.
Mayor Edward Sullivan, Mayor Michael Sullivan, and Mayor Walter Sullivan
(and maybe the next Mayor Sullivan!)
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