Support smart growth and sustainable development to increase the number of affordable housing options for seniors who want to age in place, young professionals, and families in Newton. I plan to work closely with constituents, so that all are able to clearly understand proposed developments and share their input with developers. As councilwoman, I will clearly and transparently explain to constituents what changes they can expect with new developments, as well as pathways for sharing their input and contributing to the overall design of developments.
Maintain excellent public schools and address the achievement gap to ensure that all students, regardless of their race and socioeconomic background benefit from opportunities provided by Newton Public Schools. I will work closely with Newton’s School Committee, Newton’s teachers, as well as Newton’s various after school programs to ensure that all students have their educational needs met, including the social supports that are indispensable to closing the achievement gap.
Place Newton’s response to the opioid crisis front and center. Newton has already been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and I will actively work to ensure that we realize a multi-sector effort to support those impacted by the crisis, from the most immediate through the long-term. I am encouraged by the efforts being made by Newton's PATH - Prevention, Awareness, Treatment, and Hope - working group, and would ask the Mayor to consider me to be the city council liaison to PATH. No family or individual should have to suffer alone, and as a community, I know we can compassionately support and care for those who are impacted.
Ensure that Newton remains safe for all who live here including immigrants and refugees. Since the Trump administration rolled out their immigration practices, doctors, law enforcement, and others across the state have reported that domestic and sexual violence survivors are reaching out in smaller numbers, immigrants and refugees are afraid to seek medical treatment,and concerns that parents are afraid to register their children for schools. I will ensure that Newton’s “Welcoming City Ordinance” is upheld, and that xenophobia and discrimination are not tolerated in Newton by any public official or public office.
Improve public transportation facilities, including making sure that our commuter rails stops are accessible. I support the Fair Share Amendment, which calls for a 4% tax increase on income over $1 million. This increase would result in $1.9 billion per year in to fund transportation and education programs. Local communities throughout the Commonwealth, including Newton would benefit from this tax revenue to maintain our roads, repair public infrastructure, and improve transportation.
Support improvements in our infrastructure. In my conversations with folks at the doors, it is clear that we all feel incredibly frustrated by the state of our roads. I am pleased to see that our city has invested in StreetScan technology, so that we can begin not just to repair our roads, but to put them on a maintenance system to prevent disrepair and reduce future costs.
My message to you --
“I am running for Newton City Councilor, Ward 1 at-large because I believe the progressive values of our engaged, open, and welcoming community represent the very best of Massachusetts. I believe that all change begins at the local level, and that our best leaders listen to the community, clearly and transparently articulate the issues facing us, and provide means of action to promote engagement and efficiency. I believe that young professionals like myself have a critical, and often, underutilized role to play in our local governments, which shape the communities where we are building our families and futures. I am eager to step up, listen, and work to ensure that the voices and perspectives of all residents have the opportunity to shape Newton.”
I look forward to sitting down and talking with you soon,