I am running for re-election as City Councilor at Large from Ward 6. As a reminder, this is an a- large position, so every resident in Newton can vote for me.
I am proud of my accomplishments in my nearly eight years on the Council, and am excited and eager to build on them. During this time, I have consistently voted for fiscally responsible budgets, environmental conservation, improving the public health, and strong schools. I have supported responsible development that addresses our need for more housing while maintaining the quality of life in Newton’s neighborhoods.
These are just a few of the issues I care about and have been working on:
● Development: As Chair of the Land Use Committee, I have led challenging discussions regarding large building projects, bringing residents together and ensuring that we listen carefully to each other as we try to engage in responsible, environmentally sound development in Newton. My legal background has helped me identify and address the most salient issues raised by these projects, and keep both sides of these debates focused on the appropriate questions.
● Public Health: As a practicing physician, I am acutely aware of the importance of promoting policies that protect and improve the health of our most vulnerable populations, including children and seniors. I have pushed for increased restrictions on kids’ access to tobacco, vaping products, and marijuana as well as efforts to stem the opioid epidemic. I will continue to work to increase outreach and services for seniors, including building more senior housing and developing the new multigenerational center for active living in Newton.
● Schools: As the parent of two school-age children, I regularly see and experience the challenges faced by our school department in meeting the needs of all students of Newton. I will continue to fight for sufficient resources for our schools, including our on-going efforts to rebuild and update our elementary schools.
● Recreation and Environmental Conservation: As the parent of two teenagers who are active in sports, I am committed to maintaining and improving our playing fields, parks, and other recreational facilities. I strongly support the preservation of Webster Woods, Mamet Road Reservoir, and Crystal Lake, and efforts to make these community resources more accessible for Newton residents to enjoy, both now and in the future. I have and will continue to support restrictions on leaf blowers, adding solar panels to municipal properties, and expanding the number of off-leash dog parks.
● Constituent Service: Much like the practice of medicine, public service at its essence is about caring for individuals and helping solve your problems. In my role as a City Councilor, I have endeavored to help get your questions answered, issues addressed, and problems solved and will continue to do so.
My pledge to you is simple: I will continue to work hard for you and vote for smart, reasonable, and creative proposals that enhance and promote the values Newton stands for - great schools, unmatched public safety, environmental protection, and the public health. I will continue to study each issue with an open mind, listening to all sides and respecting those with whom I disagree, considering carefully the viewpoints of all before deciding how best to act.
As this will be a competitive campaign in Ward 6, I need your support. Please let me know if I can list you as an endorser. Donations can be made online or by check; click here for details. I look forward to continuing to serve you and thank you in advance for your help and support!