Posted by Susana Segat on Feb 25, 2011.

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PROJECT: Cambridge Delegation

Nothing is simple in Cambridge. And politics is no exception.

FIRST, THERE’S PR (NOT PUBLIC RELATIONS, BUT PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION)

We are known for our complexity; take Proportional Representation (please! lol). Nothing makes an out-of-town guest run away faster than when you start explaining to them how you elect our city councilors and school committee members.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, learn all about our PR system through our own Robert Winter’s PR encyclopedia at his official page: http://rwinters.com/elections/index.html.

THEN, THERE’S OUR STATE HOUSE DELEGATION

I was chitchatting with some friends from neighboring towns and we got to the subject of State Reps and State Senators. Most towns elect one or two people to represent them on Beacon Hill, so you would think this conversation would be easy.

But when someone asked me how many Reps and Senators Cambridge had, I had no idea. Five, um, six? As a fairly well informed political person, it was embarrassing not to know that number.

Do you know how many State Reps and Senators represent our city at the state level? Take a guess before you read any further. Write down the number here: _____.

You probably guessed wrong. We have nine.

So as a public service to me, as well as to all of CCTV’s faithful readers, I am going to introduce you to our delegation.

PROJECT: AN INTRODUCTION TO CAMBRIDGE’S STATE REPS AND SENATORS

I have contacted all nine of our State Reps and Senators so you can hear directly from them. I plan on taping short video introductions of our meetings and will post them on this site as the interviews take place.

n.b.: This series is going to be as politically neutral as possible. All were contacted at the same time and the order of the interviews is entirely dependent on schedules and other random factors.

(Photo by S Segat)