Message from Linda Green, Co-Chair:
There is a preliminary election on September 17 to reduce the number of candidates in the Ward 2 Alderman at large race (see http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/elections/ for all the candidates in this race as well as others).
In November, voters also will be asked to select up to 9 candidates for the Charter Commission. According to the Newton League of Women Voters,
“A city’s charter functions like a constitution. It specifies a city’s form of government, including the size and composition of its city council and school committee, powers and duties of officials and certain city departments, term lengths, term limits, and checks and balances.
The charter commission is a well-tested process under Massachusetts state law that is designed to allow cities and towns to pursue charter reform without the involvement of the mayor or the city council. According to the mass.gov website, 180 charter commissions have been elected in Massachusetts since the legislation was enacted in 1966, and 37 have been elected in the last 15 years. (mass.gov/dor/local-officials/dls-newsroom/ct/charting-a-route-for-charter-change.html )”
I hope you will be able to join us on the 9th. I’d be grateful if you could send an RSVP so that we get enough chairs out.