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Stand up for Good Government in Cambridge
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We Stand for Strong Democracy; Transparent, Inclusive, Accountable City Councillors
A strong local democracy is essential for effective government, to meet daily needs, and to respond to urgent challenges.
Under Cambridge's Plan E Charter (nine at-large City Councillors and a strict separation of powers between the Council and appointed City Manager), we rely on norms and checks and balances within the government to maintain democracy.
Citizen engagement is essential to democracy...pay attention to council actions, voice concerns, show support for favored decisions, and, most important, vote in municipal elections.
Elements of a Strong Democracy*
Citizens are empowered when their rights are protected, they are informed, and fellow citizens and policymakers proactively engage them in the democratic process.
As the mechanics of democracy, fair processes respect the principle of “one person, one vote” and hold policy-making institutions accountable through checks and balances.
As an output of democracy, responsive policy weighs all citizens’ interests and values equally, provides for the common good, and establishes institutions that empower individuals to protect their rights.
Information & Communication
These elements mediate the relationship between citizens, processes, and policy. Information and communication that are representative, accurate, and trusted ensure fair processes and enable citizens to hold policymakers accountable.
A shared sense of purpose and identity is implicit in the enduring phrase “we the people.” A democratic society’s members recognize each other’s right to a voice in the political process and are willing to collaborate for common ends.