Dennis has earned a reputation as a proactive and stand-up leader. He takes the time to listen and is considered by many a tireless advocate. He works collectively with all factions of the Somerville community with the end goal of making this city a better place for residents and business owners.
Dennis has worked tirelessly to make Somerville a safer, cleaner, and more prosperous place to work, live, and raise a family. Along with his colleagues on the Board, Dennis fought to make sure Assembly Row is a mixed use development and that tax payers aren’t burdened by additional costs.
As the Chair of Land Use Dennis has been intimately involved in the plans to rezone the city. Increasing inclusionary affordable housing is a top priority in all issues of housing.
Reducing our carbon footprint is very important to Dennis and he is proud to have been endorsed by the Sierra Club for the past several years. In 2013 he helped to pass an ordinance that bans polystyrene in Somerville and we are working on banning plastic bags at retail establishments.
Having spent six years on the Somerville School Committee, Dennis understands the importance of investing in our youth. He voted to approve budget funding for Somerville Cares about Prevention and The Somerville Trauma Network, two programs formed to address teen drug use and suicide. In fact, he is the only Alderman who is a volunteer member of the Network.