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Dear Friends,

I am running for re-election for Councilor-at-Large from Ward 5. All of Newton can vote in this election, and I ask for your vote on November 7.

I have both broad community and useful professional experience, plus a great deal of energy, commitment and an enthusiasm for problem solving that Newton needs to address the important and challenging issues facing our City.

My husband and I and our two children have reaped many advantages of Newton’s exceptional public schools, diversity and quality of life. I wish to work to help sustain and build upon these qualities and to pass on to you and future generations what we have been so fortunate to have for ourselves.  

As your Alderman, now Councilor, for nearly three terms now, I continue to serve on the Public Facilities Committee, which I am chairing, as well as the Land Use and Real Property Reuse Committees. I came to the Board with over 2 decades' experience volunteering on numerous Boards and Commissions, advocating for community preservation, environmental protection, more thoughtful city planning, and more open and accountable government in Newton. This, and my professional background as an architect, prepared me to collaborate effectively in solving the many problems facing our City. I wish to continue my work on the City Council, to help develop policies that can lead Newton into a future that continues to value which is a culturally diverse community, wise environmental stewardship and economically sustainable.

The outgoing administration has begun to address the serious fiscal and capital challenges we face. We now have a Capital Plan based on a thorough assessment of municipal buildings and infrastructure, and citizens passing the 2013 override has been critically important to advancing this plan. It has been rewarding to participate deeply in the process that has assured this work is thoughtfully designed, well-managed and of a quality that will last for generations to come. However, there is far more work ahead. I want to continue serving as your Councilor to see that we are better caretakers of our city, living responsibly within our means and continuing to invest in our future. As leaders, we must manage a carefully prioritized capital plan that will serve present and future needs for all citizens, undertake and continually evaluate facilities maintenance programs, and make strategic investments that will strengthen our community and prepare for a quality of living that we want and are willing to sustain.

I am confident that my record of accomplishment demonstrates I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to such necessary work.

You can count on me to listen to your concerns, do my homework – and act with integrity to serve our community. I look forward to continued collaboration with a new mayor, Council and School Committee to tackle this work.

Please explore my website to get to know me a little better, contact me if you have a question, comment or want to share what you feel are the most important issues facing Newton.


Your VOTE this coming November 7 can keep me working for you!

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