On the morning of Super Tuesday, I was done trying to convince my spouse to cast her ballot for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president of the United States.

To me, I thought there was no better presidential candidate left than Warren – she won me over as a champion of women and LGBTQ+ issues and her plans to tackle wealth inequality, gun and criminal justice reform, climate change, and student loan debt. But I understood my spouse’s hesitation. Like many other black Cantabrigians, she felt frustrated that there was no outreach by Warren or her campaign to a community historically identified as loyal voters.

Warren’s disconnect with black voters stemmed not from coming across inauthentically from the heart about her policy goals, but rather that she came across totally inept at reaching people on the ground. She seemingly took black support in Cambridge for granted, without attempting to connect with the community before Super Tuesday or anytime throughout the two decades she’s lived in Cambridge.

Despite winning Cambridge by over 15,000 votes, according to The New York Times, she still did not reach the black voters who live there.

Cambridge could have served as her training ground, but she failed to reach that base.

For over a year, Warren traveled across the country, shaking hands with potential voters and doing her signature pinky promises with little girls. She worked to challenge the narrative about her electability and perceived likeability to the American public.

Warren received coveted endorsements from several prominent black activists and politicians because her campaign espoused a diverse and an intersectional justice platform. Black Womxn For, a progressive group of black trans and cis women, gender non-conforming and non-binary activists backed her, as well as Rep. Ayanna Pressley of the majority-minority 7th District — which includes part of Cambridge. She received endorsements from organizations like the Center for Urban and Racial Equity and Black to the Future Action Fund, and help from big celebrities like John Legend and Janelle Monáe.

Despite the nationally recognizable endorsements, though, Warren neglected to elevate specific issues affecting the town she lives in.

The problems, divisions, and increasing polarization in the country that Warren wanted to address as president reverberate in Cambridge, too. Three of the biggest concerns of black Cambridge residents are access to quality public education, racial profiling by police, and affordable housing.

For example, black students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the only public high school in Cambridge, for years have asked to reform the school’s curriculum toward a more racially just pedagogue and for equal access to AP classes. Area 4 (now known as the Port), was once a predominantly black, poor and working-class enclave that’s now gentrified by the biotechnology and pharmaceutical boom. And while we all know of the 2009 incident when renowned Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his own Cambridge home after being mistaken as an unknown black man breaking and entering, profiling persists. Cambridge now has a more diverse police force.

Warren never reached out to black churches, and I am glad she didn’t. The perception that all white politicians need to do is merely show up on the Sunday before Election Day is not only a hackneyed campaign strategy, but it’s also a clear indication that these politicians have nary a clue nor a sincere concern for the parishioners they stand before. However, had Warren just popped her head in one of the regular monthly Interfaith Leadership Breakfasts, which brings all faith leaders together throughout the city, she could have mobilized a vast ground movement.

Warren missed opportunities to create a sisterhood with black women. While affordable housing is a problem in Cambridge, so, too, is homelessness, and many of the people experiencing homelessness there are women of color and their families. The YWCA Cambridge houses many of these women. Warren could have used her knowledge derived from their experiences as part of her stump speech about how a resource-rich city like Cambridge is tackling the problem.

As a voting bloc, black women know their strength. We take pride in our agency and voting-mobilization strategies that Warren never tapped. Our voting-mobilization strategies in 2017 saved the Alabama Senate from Republican candidate Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile and slave apologist.

In trying to reach black voters during her campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada, Warren stopped at Ella Em’s Soul Food restaurant in North Las Vegas. But she never stopped by The Coast Cafe in Cambridge, one of the best soul food restaurants in all of New England.

In advocating to get the black vote out for former Vice President Joe Biden in the Palmetto State, which he won, Democratic Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said: “I know Joe, we know Joe, but most importantly, Joe knows us.”

We black Cambridge residents can’t say the same of Liz.