Results in Governing Board election

New Board begins 2½ year term in December

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8—The votes are counted at last. ACT has a new Governing Board that will meet to select its executive officers on December 7. ACT voters have also weighed in on some policy questions for the new Board’s guidance.

ACT’s long election process began in February. The process was plagued by a series of glitches, including unprecedented delays in the return of nomination papers and ballots by the U.S. Postal Service.

At last all the ballots seemed to be in by November 2nd. The volunteers from Arlington came to open the ballot envelopes and count the votes. But the count encountered yet another setback. Every voter was entitled to vote for four candidates, but the volunteers reported that around ninety voters had checked off seven or eight choices.

The design of the ballot was clearly at fault. The ballot instructions said—correctly—that half the ACT Board members would be voucher tenants and half public housing/RAD tenants. That appears to have misled some people to think they had to cast four votes on each of the two lists.

Rather than throw these votes out, the ACT officers were consulted. They approved a suggestion that in these cases, each vote should be counted as a half vote.

Thus someone who voted for eight candidates would have their four votes distributed as half-votes for the eight candidates.

This procedure was accepted as fair on Thursday by the Board of the League of Women Voters of Arlington, the people who counted our votes. They then completed the count and forwarded the result to the ACT Office.

A dozen ballots still had to be rejected as invalid and one candidate was disqualified. Some 487 votes were cast, including write-ins but excluding disqualified ballots.

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Alliance of Cambridge Tenants • Winners of 2019 Board Election

As tallied by volunteers of the League of Women Voters of Arlington as of November 7, 2019

PUBLIC-HOUSING/RAD— listed in order of number of votes received

James Williamson - Jefferson Park 

Laura Montgomery - Putnam Gardens

Linda Montgomery - Corcoran Park

Cheryl Pattterson-Munroe - Newtowne Court

Janak Nepal - Putnam Gardens 

Victoria Bergland - Lincoln Way

Consuelo Diaz - Putnam Gardens 

Brian McCarthy - Putnam School Apartments 

Jean Hannon - Woodrow Wilson Court 

George Cook - Burns Apartments

Leroy Bush - LBJ Apartments

Kathleen Locascio - Jefferson Park 

Rebecca Wade - LBJ Apartments

Rosemarie Moorehead - LBJ Apartments 

Ms. Stephanie Lopes - Manning Apartments 


LEASED-HOUSING/VOUCHER—listed in order of number of votes received

Sherri Tucker - Central Square

Hasson J. Rashid - Central Square

Leonard Francis - Cambridgeport

Betty Dupont - Riverside

Cibele Goncalves - Wellington-Harrington

Alice Haynes - Central Square

Katheleen Williams - Fresh Pond/Highlands

Mohammed M. Hoque - North Cambridge

Abdulmalik Jackson - Memorial Drive

Laika Maria Marseille- East Cambridge

Duane Callender - Fresh Pond/Highlands

Gwendolyn Howard - Central Square

Helena Da Silva - Cambridgeport

Laura Lopez - Memorial Drive

Doris M. Maldonado - Kendall Square

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The following two candidates tied Ms. Maldonado with the same number of votes, but were counted out by a blind drawing, the method ACT prescribes to break ties.

Johnnie Jasper Landrum - Central Square

Jennie Dejesus-Acevedo - East Cambridge