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David P. Maher

Cambridge City Councilor 
Former Mayor of the City of Cambridge

Cambridge City Councilor 
Former Mayor of the City of Cambridge

David P. Maher
Cambridge City Councilor
Former Mayor of the City of Cambridge

Mr. Maher has served on the Cambridge City Council since 1999 and served as Mayor twice from 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2015.  He is a lifelong resident of Cambridge and still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up. He attended Cambridge public schools until high school. 

As Mayor and City Councilor, he has been an advocate for maintaining vibrant neighborhoods in Cambridge as well as public health, public schools, affordable housing and environmental issues.

Mr. Maher has a degree from Suffolk University School of Management. He was just re-elected to the Cambridge City Council for an eighth term on November 3rd, 2015.


Highlights of this interview include:

  • Reflects on how his neighborhood had changed over the years.  His 90 year old mother still lives in the family home.
  • Began his political career on the school committee.
  • The Baby University initiative provides support for the parents of young children to become better parents.
  • Cycle Kids teaches all fourth grade kids how to ride a bike and the importance of bike safety.
  • Tackling the problem of affordable housing for middle class and lower income families in Cambridge.
  • Potential for Kendall Square to become a destination square in Cambridge.
  • Plans for the redevelopment of the Volpe Center.
  • Vision for development in Central Square.
  • Creating opportunities for STEAM and STEM educational experiences.
  • Reflections on the town/gown relationships between the city, Harvard and MIT.
  • The first legal gay marriages in Cambridge were about witnessing history and pride in the respectful and dignified way the employees of the city performed their jobs on that day,
  • Reflection on the relationship between the city and MIT over the past 100 years.
  • The value of the close working relationship between the city police department and the Harvard University and MIT police departments.

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