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Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

He/Him

Currently
City Councillor
Also
Project Coordinator
Election history
1st term in office

More about Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler has lived in Cambridge since 2017, where he also works at a land policy think tank. He's been politically active for several years, including working with Our Revolution Cambridge and the DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), and being a field and operations manager for a mayoral campaign in New Haven, Connecticut.

He graduated from the College of the Atlantic in 2014 with a BA Human Ecology. Before moving to Cambridge, he worked at consultancy groups in Portland, Maine and the New York City area.

He also speaks three languages.

Incumbent
Yes
Age
29 years, 8 months
Born in 1992
Voter Registration
March 28, 2018

Where does Jivan live?

Address
Rents at 19 Trowbridge St. Cambridge, MA 02138

What are their housing positions?

Proposal Supported?
2072 Mass Ave
AHO #2
AHO #1

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

ABC Candidate 2021 Survey

Housing policy questions

ABC Candidate 2021 Survey

Housing policy questions

Cambridge Citizen's Coalition Survey

Questions about recent zoning petitions, city manager contract, and "housing challenges"

Cambridge Citizen's Coalition Survey

Questions about recent zoning petitions, city manager contract, and "housing challenges"

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2021

They asked candidates to sign a pledge, which starts: "I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes..."

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2021

They asked candidates to sign a pledge, which starts: "I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes..."

Vision Zero Coalition 2021

Reduction in traffic injuries and deaths

Vision Zero Coalition 2021

Reduction in traffic injuries and deaths

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition 2021

Distribution of funds, non-profits and their position in Cambridge

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition 2021

Distribution of funds, non-profits and their position in Cambridge

Quotes

We also need to be tracking basic things like eviction data and displacement data which were not even tracking right now. How can we tell which of our neighbors is being forced out of the neighborhood, forced out of the city if we don't have that.

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, 2019 Kickoff Party

I’m the son of a woman who grew up on a farm in Iowa and a man who grew up in the Portuguese colony of Goa in India. As result, I speak Portuguese, am conversational in Spanish, and have eaten a lot of sweet corn with butter.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler Seeks Second Term, Prioritizing Housing, Public Transit, and Climate

"One of the first things I did after I was elected in 2019 was stand with the Harvard graduate students at HGSU-UAW union when they were on strike out in the Yard in the snow," he said. "I spoke to the folks there in support of the efforts for real recourse, gearing up on the contract negotiations to strike again this year."

Oct. 25, 2021 — Marina Qu, Sophia C. Scott
The Harvard Crimson Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler Seeks Second Term, Prioritizing Housing, Public Transit, and Climate

"One of the first things I did after I was elected in 2019 was stand with the Harvard graduate students at HGSU-UAW union when they were on strike out in the Yard in the snow," he said. "I spoke to the folks there in support of the efforts for real recourse, gearing up on the contract negotiations to strike again this year."

Oct. 25, 2021 — Marina Qu, Sophia C. Scott
The Harvard Crimson Incumbent City Council Candidates Focus on Housing Crisis, Voter Engagement in Reelection Campaigns

"We have some of the most expensive housing in the country in Cambridge," Sobrinho-Wheeler said. "It’s gotten really out of control in the past couple of decades especially."

Oct. 21, 2021 — Sarah Girma, Jennifer L. Powley
The Harvard Crimson Incumbent City Council Candidates Focus on Housing Crisis, Voter Engagement in Reelection Campaigns

"We have some of the most expensive housing in the country in Cambridge," Sobrinho-Wheeler said. "It’s gotten really out of control in the past couple of decades especially."

Oct. 21, 2021 — Sarah Girma, Jennifer L. Powley
Wicked Local Cambridge ELECTION 2021: Cambridge City Council candidate statements

The pandemic has dominated so much of these past two years, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to push for free COVID testing for all residents and equity in recovery assistance. I’ve also sponsored and collaborated on measures to create hundreds of new affordable homes in Cambridge, plans to make it easier and safer to get around the city, strengthened protections for tenants facing displacement and implementing a municipal broadband alternative to Comcast’s monopoly on internet in the city.

Oct. 21, 2021 — Community Content
Wicked Local Cambridge ELECTION 2021: Cambridge City Council candidate statements

The pandemic has dominated so much of these past two years, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to push for free COVID testing for all residents and equity in recovery assistance. I’ve also sponsored and collaborated on measures to create hundreds of new affordable homes in Cambridge, plans to make it easier and safer to get around the city, strengthened protections for tenants facing displacement and implementing a municipal broadband alternative to Comcast’s monopoly on internet in the city.

Oct. 21, 2021 — Community Content
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Debate Climate Change Approach at Forum

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler argued that his proposal to eliminate public transportation fares will help reduce emissions in the city.

"Our campaign has the ambitious goal of making subways and buses fare free by 2025," Sobrinho-Wheeler said. This initiative is motivated "to reduce car emissions, and because working class neighborhoods, communities of color depend on buses and subways."

Sept. 26, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Michelle G. Kurilla
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Council Candidates Debate Climate Change Approach at Forum

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler argued that his proposal to eliminate public transportation fares will help reduce emissions in the city.

"Our campaign has the ambitious goal of making subways and buses fare free by 2025," Sobrinho-Wheeler said. This initiative is motivated "to reduce car emissions, and because working class neighborhoods, communities of color depend on buses and subways."

Sept. 26, 2019 — Declan J. Knieriem, Michelle G. Kurilla

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$8,947
Current balance
$2,455
Balance at the start of 2021
$19,372
Raised in 2021
$12,881
Spent in 2021