Politics

School Committee Candidate Profiles

Three newcomers are breaking into this year’s School Committee race. Emily Ackman and Kenneth Salvato will vy for the Ward 1 seat, left open by Steven Roix, and Susan McDonald-Nionakis is looking to oust Ward 2 School Committee member Dan Futrell. Election Day is Nov. 7, and the last day to register to vote is […]


Juliet Owner Advocates for $15 State Minimum Wage

As the fight for a $15 minimum wage heats up in the state legislature, Juliet’s Katrina Jazayeri has emerged as one of the business owners advocating for the boost. Supporters of the change argue that the state’s current minimum, $11 an hour, doesn’t constitute a living wage. While Massachusetts currently ties Washington for the highest […]


It’s Preliminary Election Day

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is preliminary election day in Somerville. Voters will narrow the mayoral and ward 1 school committee races down to two candidates. Kenneth C. Van Buskirk III and Payton Corbett are looking to oust seven-term incumbent mayor Joseph Curtatone. Curtatone became mayor in 2004 after serving as alderman-at-large for eight years, while Buskirk’s background […]



Mayor Curtatone Promises Somerville Will Remain “A Sanctuary For All”

Following President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he intends to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities throughout the country, Mayor Joe Curtatone addressed the public at City Hall regarding Somerville’s sanctuary status. In his remarks, he vowed that the city would not waver in its commitment to protecting its citizens, doubling down on earlier promises to stand by the immigrant […]



Here’s Jill Stein’s Absurd Folk-Rock Song About Biking in Boston

Back in August, word got around that Green Party candidate Jill Stein was at one time half of a forgettable-at-best alt-folk-rock duo called Somebody’s Sister, which sounded like… well, a “barefoot Christian rock group striving to capture a Sheryl Crow vibe,” according to the Stranger’s Rich Smith. He is not wrong! Somebody’s Sister somehow released four records full of vaguely protest-y, […]


New Year, Same Pols

When Elizabeth Weinbloom was running for Ward 6 Alderman last fall, she called herself “the U-Haul version of an ambulance chaser.” As hoards of renters set upon their new (and likely temporary) homes, she was eager to introduce herself and suggest they register to vote. Somerville is a city of renters, with up to two-thirds […]


Find the Vote: Somerville Polling Places

Set your alarms or pencil it in: Tomorrow is election day. While there aren’t too many hotly contested seats (Ward 6 is a competition we’ll be keeping our eye on), it’s still important to exercise your civic duty. There are a number of resources on the city’s website that show you where to go—you can […]


For Weinbloom, Affordable Housing is Top Issue

“No matter what happens I will have had a role in shifting the conversation and making affordable housing be the big issue in this campaign,” says Elizabeth Weinbloom. She snuck onto Tuesday’s ballot with a sliver margin of 20 votes in September. With no experience in politics, and as a younger woman who rents, her election would […]


The Ward 6 Race is On

Election season isn’t aways exciting in Somerville—after all, this is a town whose mayor has run uncontested since 2007. But this year, another level of government is about to get interesting. Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz announced late this spring that she will not be seeking reelection for the office she held for a decade, […]


Sunshine in Somerville: A Look at Our Public Records

Every year, journalists, activists and vigilant citizens get together for Sunshine Week, a celebration of government transparency through public records and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In light of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the Somerville-related documents that were made public by MuckRock, an open government news organization that helps people complete public records […]