While this is a non-partisan election, we want to remind you that there are two Republicans running:
- Alderman-at-Large Jim Cote (incumbent), in Ward 3
- Susan Huffman, for School Committee, Ward 5.
Both races are city-wide, so please vote for our fellow Republicans!
When looking at other contested races, we have looked for people who, while not necessarily conservative, are independent, open-minded, community oriented, and not part of the Establishment. And in some races, we’ve simply chosen the least “progressive” candidate.
Allan Ciccone, Sr.Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 3
James Cote (R)
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 5
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8
School Committee, Ward 2
School Committee, Ward 5
Susan Huffman (R)
22 candidates will be on the ballot for 9 spaces on the Charter Commission. This commission, if approved, will open up the city’s constitution (charter) and have the ability to re-write anything within it, from the number of Aldermen to what body controls zoning permitting. The updated charter will then be brought to the people for a single up or down vote. Because of it’s importance, many people who have not been involved in politics before have stepped up; many of them have impressive records of volunteering in our schools and charitable organizations and might be wonderful additions to the commission. However, we have set up a recommended list of 9 people we feel have a record of being open-minded, not part of the establishment, or have a specific strength that sets them apart.
Our recommended 9 (ballot order):
Groot Gregory – Highlands Area Council, STEM advocate, scientist
Tom Sheff – an old friend; the man who pushed to get this commission
Christopher Steele – deep knowledge of Newton’s business development side
Joshua Krintzman – his day job is reviewing city charters for the state
Rhanna Kidwell – co-chair of the LWVN charter study; deeply knowledgable
Peter Harrington – served on the previous charter commission, independent
Charles Shapiro – former alderman, independent thinker
Megan Risen Meirev – local volunteer, new to politics
Ken Parker – former alderman, in-depth knowledge of the city, non-establishment
5 deeply “progressive” establishment candidates we strongly urge you not to vote for:
The other candidates:
Lisa Teuscher Gordon
Linda Jordan Kraus
Please pass on this email to all your contacts and urge them to vote for independent, fresh voices for Newton!
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