About the City Council

The City Council is the City’s legislative branch. Members are elected every two years on the odd-numbered years. Four members serve at large, and seven members represent individual wards. The Council passes ordinances on a broad range of issues, from setting zoning laws to creating boards and commissions. It also has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor's budget appropriations.

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Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City Council during a 2022 meeting held via Zoom.

Above: Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City Council during a 2022 meeting held via Zoom.

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Matthew McLaughlin President and Ward 1 Councilor
Ben Ewen-Campen Vice President and Ward 3 Councilor
Kristen Strezo At-Large
Willie Burnley, Jr. At-Large
Charlotte Kelly At-Large
Jake Wilson At-Large
Matthew McLaughlin Ward 1
Jefferson Thomas (“J.T.”) Scott Ward 2
Ben Ewen-Campen Ward 3
Jesse Clingan Ward 4
Beatriz Gomez Mouakad Ward 5
Lance Davis Ward 6
Judy Pineda Neufeld Ward 7


Visit the City's IQM2 Meeting Portal to:

  • See a calendar of City Council and committee meetings
  • Download meeting agendas and minutes
  • Stream meetings live or from our archives
  • And more

Visit Municode.com to:

  • Browse City codes
  • View City ordinances
  • And more

Standing Committees Special Committees Commissions


Standing Committees

Confirmation of Appointments and Personnel Matters Judy Pineda Neufeld (Chair), Kristen Strezo (Vice Chair), Charlotte Kelly, Jesse Clingan, Jake Wilson
Equity, Gender, Families, and Vulnerable Populations Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Chair), Judy Pineda Neufeld (Vice Chair), Kristen Strezo
Finance Jake Wilson (Chair), J.T. Scott (Vice Chair), Beatriz Gomez Moukad, Judy Pineda Neufeld, Charlotte Kelly
Housing and Community Development Kristen Strezo (Chair) Ben Ewen-Campen (Vice Chair), Judy Pineda Neufeld
Land Use Ben Ewen-Campen (Chair)Lance L. Davis (Vice Chair), Beatriz Gomez Mouakad, Matthew McLaughlin, Kristen Strezo
Legislative Matters Lance L. Davis (Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen (Vice Chair), Willie Burnley Jr., J.T. Scott, Jesse Clingan
Licenses and Permits Willie Burnley Jr. (Chair), Jesse Clingan (Vice Chair), Jake Wilson
Open Space, Environment, and Energy J.T. Scott (Chair), Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Vice Chair), Willie Burnley, Jake Wilson, Ben Ewen-Campen
Public Health and Public Safety Charlotte Kelly (Chair), Lance L. Davis (Vice Chair), Judy Pineda Neufeld
Public Utilities and Public Works Jesse Clingan (Chair), Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Vice Chair), Charlotte Kelly
Traffic and Parking Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Chair), Jake Wilson (Vice Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen

Special Committees

Flood Forum J.T. Scott (Chair), Willie Burnley (Vice Chair), Kristen Strezo
Rodent Issues Charlotte Kelly (Chair), Kristen Strezo (Vice Chair), Matthew McLaughlin
Rules Willie Burnley Jr. (Chair), Lance L. Davis (Vice Chair), Matthew McLaughlin

Commissions and Committees

Affordable Housing Trust Charlotte Kelly
Bicycle Advisory Committee Ben Ewen-Campen
Charter Review Committee Matthew McLaughlin
Community Cabinet Kristen Strezo
High School Building Committee Lance L. Davis
Memorialization Committee Willie Burnley Jr.
Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust J.T.Scott
Office of Housing Stability Advisory Board Charlotte Kelly
Parking study task force and working group Judy Pineda Neufeld
Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee J.T.Scott
PILOT Advisory Task Force Matthew McLaughlin
Police Chief Selection Committee Jesse Clingan
Public Safety Building Committee Jake Wilson
Somerville Redevelopment Authority Ben Ewen-Campen
SomerPromise Advisory Board Kristen Strezo
Traffic Commission Beatriz Gomez Mouakad
Wage Theft Advisory Committee Beatriz Gomez Mouakad



2010–Present Day

View City Councilor and Committee meeting minutes from 2010 to the present day on the City's Legislative Meeting Portal.


View City Council (formerly the Board of Aldermen) meeting minutes from 1872 to 2021 as annual PDFs in our archive.