In a remarkable political story 13-year Cambridge City Councillor Marjorie Decker is poised to replace long-time progressive champion state representative Alice Wolf in Thursday’s primary vote for the 25th Middlesex district. Decker worked for Wolf as a legislative aid and campaign manager and has won her endorsement, as well as those of current Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis and former Cambridge Mayors Barbara Ackermann, Francis (Frank) Duehay, Kenneth Reeves, Sheila Russell, Anthony Galluccio, Michael A. Sullivan, E. Denise Simmons, and David Maher.
Decker was given up for dead, politically speaking, after she missed an administrative deadline and was left off the 2009 Cambridge City Council ballot. Instead, she mounted an extraordinary grass-roots effort and became the first-ever successful city council write-in candidate.
Gayle Johnson and Lesley Rebecca Phillips are also running for the seat. Decker’s campaign says they are hoping for volunteers at their 1678 Massachusetts Avenue campaign office on Election Day
Decker grew up in Cambridge public housing and was the first in her family to attend college. She later received a graduate degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. When I spoke with her yesterday, she said:
Through my own personal experience as well as my own 13 years of experience as an elected official I have learned how to build coailitions, identify stakeholders, and really represent the values of this community. I am not someone who takes a pass on issues that might scare other people. I think it will be good to have a representative with experience as an elected official.
Decker, whom I have known for many years, and whom I wholeheartedly endorse, is a fighter: “How many people really thought that I could pull off the write-in campaign: not many.” It will be good to see her move on to the legislature, if she is successful on Thursday, and bring her fire and passion to that august body. Lord knows, it can use it.