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The City Council, Newton's legislative branch of municipal government, is made up of 24 members - sixteen at-large Councilors and eight Ward Councilors. Councilors are elected every two years.
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    Nicole Castillo Director of Public Policy

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    Alison Mooradian Leary Assoc.Director, Community Preservation Coalition

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Biographical Information

Do you support the proposed new City Charter? Why or why not?

Partisanship is at an all-time high in our country: how would you as a city councilor promote civil discourse and engagement on controversial issues in Newton?

What specific, objective criteria would you use to decide whether any site should be rezoned Mixed Use 4 in village commercial centers?

Campaign Phone (617) 340-9114
Address 15 Broadway Terrace, Newton, MA 02458
When I started the race, I was opposed to the Charter because of concerns I had heard that certain wards would lose their representation. As I learned more about the charter and knocked on thousands of doors, my viewpoint evolved to support it. In speaking with voters, I observed that many did not know who their city councilors are and were confused as to who they could vote for. I believe that a smaller council would increase voter engagement and increase councilor accountability.
I am committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment through modeling civil dialogue with folks of views different from my own. I truly believe that many folks in Newton hold shared values and commitments to support families, our environment, schools, and seniors. I will work to negotiate across our differences so that we as a community can uphold our shared values and commitments.
I believed that MU4 locations need to be in walkable and bikeable areas that are transit-oriented (i.e., near the green line or commuter rail). If the transit options (i.e., frequency and schedules) are poor, I would look into ways to increase rider share, thus increasing our ability to negotiate for better transit services in Newton. The commuter rail is one prime example of this. I would also not support any development that was proposed to be built on existing green space.
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Campaign Website http://www.alisonleary.com/
Campaign Phone (617) 821-5619
Address 192 Chapel Street, Newton, MA
After 18 months of study and research by the Charter Commission, their recommendations include better financial procedures, review of the Charter every 10 years and a smaller City Council. I find the current body to be too large and unwieldy. It's difficult to get consensus and to make timely decisions.Too much time is taken up discussing the minutia instead of policy and implementation.I like that all candidates are accountable to all voters.Overall, it's more democratic and streamlined.
Discuss issues logically, respectfully and thoughtfully.Encourage input and listen carefully to all stakeholders.This almost always leads to a better outcome.Do the research and analyze the data to back up policy positions on the issues. Be data driven.Take advantage of the talent and intelligence of our community and recognize it as an opportunity to learn. We are a community made up of diverse neighborhoods but we are one city and one planet.Reasonable people can agree to disagree.
There should be access to a diverse mix of shops, retailers, food markets and restaurants within walking distance; a 1/3 mile or less. Access to public spaces in village centers; common areas, plazas or public green spaces. Safe,accessible sidewalks and bike lanes. MU4 should be within a ½ mile of transit services and within a ¼ mile of bus services. Goals of MU4 should be to expand the diversity of housing choices, offer more affordable units and facilitate walkable,vibrant village centers.

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