Cambridge’s Mayor Andrew Bradshaw sworn in, discusses priorities
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Cambridge’s new mayor was sworn in on Monday. Andrew Bradshaw is the 20th person to hold the position and also the youngest to be elected.
“The opportunity exists but now the work has to be done. The citizens of Cambridge voted for change,” says Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw. “We come together ready to mark a path forward for our city, characterized by a youthful energy, collective hope and renewed success across every ward in every neighborhood in our city of Cambridge.”
The new Mayor says he’s ready to hit the ground running and one of his top priorities is improving the quality of housing. “Something like 67 percent of the properties in the city of Cambridge are owned by absentee ownership. They aren’t owner occupied,” says Bradshaw.
Bradshaw tells 47 ABC he wants to ensure renters are protected and one of the five new council members agrees. “I would love to see stiffer penalties for landlords who are allowing residents to live in homes that are not in the best condition. Some of these homes should be condemned,” says Lajan Cephas, Cambridge City Council Elect for Ward 2.
As for the recent spike in violent crime, Bradshaw is looking to implement a program that would help resolve smaller conflicts before they get out of hand. “We hope to be able to develop a community based conflict mediation program so that we don’t see things devolve into the violent crime that’s existed here in the city over the last six to eight months,” says Bradshaw.
The new mayor says he plans to prioritize waterfront development projects in the city as a way to stimulate the economy and create more opportunities. Bradshaw tells 47 ABC he also wants to address public schools in Cambridge when it comes to things like graduation rates by offering the city’s full support for whatever the Dorchester County Board of Education may need.
The five new city council members will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon outside of the Dorchester County courthouse on High Street.