Every year, candidates and elected officials have to file full disclosures of their financial matters to help ensure that there are no Conflicts of Interest. The City Solicitor in Somerville has declared that these are largely covered by a privacy exemption from Public Records Requests. However, JT believes in transparency – and in the spirit of transparency is publishing his financial interest information here.
Fully detailed campaign finance reports, including all donations accepted and funds spent, can be found at this link.
A summary of the properties JT owns is below, and the full PDF of his most recent annual Statement of Financial Interests is available here for download.
The 269 Washington St property is his residential address purchased in 2015. JT lives in unit one with his family, and the second unit is rented out to a Section 8 tenant. For many decades the City of Somerville had classified and taxed it as a commercial property due to its primary use as therapy offices, with a residential apartment in the rear where JT lived with his family. (Prior to that, JT and his family were tenants in the home next door at 273 Washington St.) After a house fire in 2018, the house was repaired and issued a new Certificate of Occupancy in 2020 as a 2-family residence.
The 35 Prospect St property is the location of JT’s gym business, CrossFit Somerville. After he opened the gym in late 2011, the City released its “Revitalization Plan” in August 2012 which marked the parcel for potential seizure by eminent domain and redevelopment. The Massachusetts Conflict of Interest law is very clear on the scope of recusal required in such a case, and JT has consulted with the state’s lawyers to ensure compliance.
Prior to 2018, JT owned a condo in Chelsea which served as his home for several years, and a rental property after he moved to Somerville. In June 2019 the condo was sold, and JT no longer has any financial interest in the property.
The gym business does not have any contracts or financial interests related to any other City of Somerville matters or employees.
Update: A recent mail piece to residents of the Ward indicated that JT had recused from votes on the Community Benefits Agreement and Union Square Zoning. This is false. The Union Square Zoning occurred in 2017, before JT was elected. The Community Benefits Agreement signed in 2019 was – and by necessity must be – a private contract between the developer and the Union Square Neighborhood Council, not the City Council. To learn more about Community Benefits Agreements, click here.