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.
215 Pearl Street, Newton, MA 02458
I do not support the Charter Commission's recommendation to modify our City Council from 24 to 12 because, in my opinion, such a reduction will diminish the voices of each Ward's voters and make it more costly for prospective candidates like myself and my opponent to run for elected office. Ward 1 needs someone who is aware of its unique issues and characteristics and as a longtime resident of this Ward, I am that candidate. I am prepared to carry the message of Ward1 to the City Council.
Public officials, like private citizens, can agree to disagree but there is no need or place for anyone to become disrespectful of others. The current rules of the Council make it convenient for Newton to be heard on issues affecting our City. That said, I think that both the Councilors and our citizens should exercise restraint in expressing their respective rights of free petition, initiative and referendum and, to the best extent possible, focus those energies on issues peculiar to our City.
I believe mixed use is a great way to encourage development that combines residential and commercial in our City. It encourages high density projects, expanded housing options, and physical activity with other modes of transportation. Each village in Newton is unique and we should work with developers to design structures that fit the character of that village. I will be proactive in the planning cycle to ensure that the vision of the city and village are incorporated in the initial design.
108 Adams Street, Newton, MA 02458
The Charter Commission presents cogent arguments for reducing the size of the city council.I respect their efforts. Yet, after careful consideration I feel that the loss of the local representative voice of the Ward elected councilors would be too great. Also, it would be too difficult and expensive for a first time candidate as myself to run city wide, discouraging new and fresh political perspectives from entering local races. I therefore I do not support the new City Charter.
To promote civil discourse, I will set the tone of safety and collaboration by being a good listener, respecting and empathizing with others’ perspectives and views. Each side must feel that they are being heard and that their views are taken seriously. I will also foster the search for common ground. In such an atmosphere, the resolution to controversial issues are more easily solved because creative solutions and compromise are encouraged and cultivated.
Location: Near village centers and public transit to promote walking and bicycling.
Affordability: To provide housing for a variety of economic levels and age groups.
Design: Sustainable building with pleasing design that respects the character of the neighborhood with inviting storefronts and well landscaped green space, ideally with public spaces. Integrated parking.
Infrastructure: Improvements to sidewalks and street traffic signals with added bike lanes to reduce traffic congestion.